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The Ray of Hope Foundation

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Established by NBA All-Star Ray Allen in 1997, The Ray of Hope Foundation assists with sports-related and community-based programs and provides avenues of opportunity through which our youth can “hope” to realize their full potential. The Ray of Hope Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children. To instilling in them, knowledge of world culture, a feeling of self-worth and the belief that hard work + talent = success. We seek to foster a mix of scholarship, culture and imagination that can change the world. That can inspire children to be world thinkers and world doers. In this new era of one world, the Ray of Hope Foundation seeks to create renaissance children. We invite you to join us in our efforts.

In 2011, the Ray of Hope Foundation embarked on an initiative to help reduce the technology divide within our communities. The Ray of Hope Foundation Computer Lab Initiative builds and refurbishes computer labs in public elementary and middle schools. To date, the foundation has completed 9 computer labs: Tobin School, Sarah Greenwood School, Timilty Middle School in Boston, Massachusetts; John C. Clark Elementary & Middle School, McDonough Expeditionary Learning School, Fred D. Wish Museum School, S.A.N.D School & Simpson-Waverly School in Hartford, Connecticut and Ponus Middle School in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Along with expanding of our Computer Lab Initiative, the Ray of Hope Foundation envisions developing youth centers in underserved communities that provide afterschool programming designed to foster a mix of scholarship, culture, sports and imagination that can change the world. That can inspire children to be world thinkers and world doers. In this new era of one world, the Ray of Hope Foundation seeks to create renaissance children. We invite you to join us in our efforts.

Since its inception, the Ray of Hope Foundation has raised over $750,000. The organizations that have received assistance from the foundation include…

  • AAU Programs – Brookfield Warriors, New Mexico Wildcats, Charlotte Royals
  • Alliance for Education
  • B.E.L.L. (Building Educated Leaders for Life)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation
  • Boston Centers for Youth and Families
  • Boys & Girls Club of Boston – No Books No Balls
  • Boys & Girls Club of King County
  • Chapman Partnership
  • Charlotte Royals Youth Basketball
  • City Ballet Theatre of Milwaukee
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation
  • Development through Athletics
  • Fred D. Wish Museum School (Hartford)
  • Innersole
  • James P. Timilty Middle School Computer Lab Program (Boston)
  • John C. Clark, Jr. Elementary & Middle School Computer Lab Program (Hartford)
  • Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • McDonough Expeditionary Learning School Computer Lab Program (Hartford)
  • Miami Rescue Mission
  • Middletown High School
  • Muhammad’s Islamic Academy
  • Ponus Ridge Middle School (Norwalk)
  • S.A.N.D. School (Hartford)
  • Sarah Greenwood School Computer Lab Program (Boston)
  • Simpson – Waverly School (Hartford)
  • Sumter Volleyball Club
  • The First Tee Connecticut
  • The Gifford School
  • The Home for Little Wanderers
  • The World Youth Peace Summit
  • Thomas More High School
  • Tobin School Computer Lab Program (Boston)
  • UNICEF
  • Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center
  • Washington Education Foundation
  • Wisconsin Scholars, Inc.
  • YMCA – No Books-No Balls Basketball Program
  • YMCA Strong Kids Campaign

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ray Allen
Chairman and President
Ray of Hope Foundation

Orin Mayers
Business Manager
Ray Allen Enterprises

Ralph Giansanti
Supervising Manager
Infinex Financial

Matt Meyersohn
Managing Director, Sports Partnerships
Unicef

STAFF
Tyrone Fleming
Development Director

Rob Morris
Administrative Director