Gevonee Ford, the executive director of the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent (NdCAD) was recently surprised by a tall, lanky high school senior who said that he had a rare opportunity to give a gift to the Network.
The young man introduced himself as DaKarai Davison from St. Agnes High School. He did not say he was the same DaKarai Davison who wears basketball jersey Number 33, averaging 16 points and nine rebounds per game as guard for the Aggies. No, the 6’3” Davison simply said he had researched NdCAD and was very impressed with all NdCAD has in place for youth of African descent and their families including tutoring, workshops, Saturday STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)School, free books and passion for children. Davison explained how an anonymous couple wanted students to experience philanthropy as part of their St. Agnes learning and students were to select an organization and explain why it is value added for the community. NdCAD was selected and Davison handed over a check for $1,000 made out to the Network for the Development of Children of African Descent from Project Joy. Director Ford acknowledged DaKarai’s gift by saying, “What a joy indeed. It is so important for our community to see what our young people can do.”
Davison said he is now interested in volunteering for the organization.