Midlands student holds basketball tournament to benefit youth homelessness

Daniel Vance, 16, and his foster sister. A poster for the event Daniel is hosting.
Daniel Vance, 16, and his foster sister. A poster for the event Daniel is hosting.(WIS)
Published: Feb. 19, 2022 at 4:04 PM EST|Updated: May. 9, 2022 at 12:24 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A Midlands high school student is raising money for a good cause.

Daniel Vance, 16, is a sophomore at White Knoll High School. Daniel is passionate about two things: sports and uplifting young people struggling with homelessness.

That’s why Daniel founded the organization Wellness of Giving.

On April 29, the group hosted a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at White Knoll High School.

At $10 per player, the fundraising tournament raised more than $800. All proceeds will go directly to the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter for supplies that the residents need.

The idea comes from close to home as Daniel’s mom is a foster parent.

Seeing kids come into his home afraid and shy, then blossoming after being surrounded by love is what Daniel says makes him so passionate about the cause.

Daniel says his roster of volunteers is still growing and he hopes to inspire other young people his age to make a difference.

“I want other students and other kids like me to go out and actually want to change the world,” said Daniel. “I want this to inspire other kids that are young because if you see a problem, you should always try and work to solve it. It doesn’t matter how big it is, it isn’t how small it is but you can still do something about it and that’s what I want people to get from this.”

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