This past summer, Nick had the opportunity to go to Kenya to visit the kids JamQuest and Ridgefield have helped over the last 7 years. It was a life-changing experience! Many of the students talked about how their lives have been radically changed, how they have a new-found sense of hope, and how their families have been supported. One of the students, Kevin, talked about how JamQuest had given him “a light to guide my path.” Some of the students have gone on to graduate high school, start their own businesses, and work for charitable organizations.
Read more about JamQuest's visit to Kenya and the impact it has had around the world!
"NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo and NFL All Pro QB Philip Rivers Support Hoops Tournament to Raise Awareness and Crucial Funds"
On Friday, April 27th the Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club will host JamQuest Hoops, the Fifth Annual 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament to raise awareness and crucial funds for kids in poverty and deprivation in Kenya, Africa. Nick Shoff an RHS Senior Varsity basketball player began JamQuest Hoops as a service project in the eighth grade with the support of ERMS Social Studies teacher Maureen Tyra and has seen it develop into a highly anticipated, globally impacting humanitarian effort. Recently NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo and NFL Chargers All Pro quarterback Philip Rivers each personally contacted Nick to offer their recognition and support. (Read the rest of this awesome article...)
Dr. Mark Ottenweller shares about his experience with JamQuest and his inspiration of young people trying to make a difference! Read the article here...
More than 300 people came and more than 50 teams competed at this fundraiser. More than $12,000 has been raised so far this year to increase awareness and to help orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya, Africa.
Dr. Mark Ottenweller, Global AIDS coordinator for HOPE worldwide, spoke to several social studies classes at Ridgefield High School about various needs and problems facing Africa and later that night he thanked JamQuest Hoops and all its supporters for caring about orphans and those less fortunate.
(Click to read the rest of this article about Nick's senior year JamQuest event in 2012)
“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.” The only gold he had to give was in his heart.
When Nick Shoff learned about the living conditions in Africa during his eight-grade Social Studies class, he was spurred to do something.
With a desire to help others and a passion for basketball, Nick sprung into action and organized a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at his middle school in Ridgefield, CT to benefit programs in HOPE worldwide – Kenya. (Click here to read the rest of the article from HOPE worldwide about JamQuest's first ever event!)