McDonald’s is proud to support local youth basketball league ‘We Run As One’ (WRAO) for the fourth year in a row. The league, created to keep local kids off the streets and to unite diverse youth in Chinatown and the Lower East Side, consists of elementary and middle school aged children who are taught the rules of the game and to compete in friendly competition every weekend throughout the summer. As a community sponsor, McDonald’s contribution is providing children from lower income families the opportunity to participate in a meaningful experience at no cost.
A check presentation was held during the last game of the summer featuring Ronald McDonald and Carlos Roldan, the general manager of the McDonald’s on Canal Street in Chinatown. McDonald’s also provided apple slices and water bottles throughout the morning to keep the youth hydrated.
“Our restaurant is a community restaurant and we are always happy to support great programs in the community such as We Run As One,” said Carlos, who also received plaques of appreciation from the league organizers. “They are doing a great thing for the youth year after year and we want to commend their efforts.”
Launched in 2012, WRAO is held at Playground 1 adjacent to P.S. 1 Alfred E. Smith Elementary School in Lower Manhattan. This year, the program has 18 teams with over 250 kids coming from as far as Queens and New Jersey. WRAO is organized by The Dynasty Project (TDP), a group that encourages young professionals to give back to local high needs communities by playing organized recreational sports in partnership, with APEX For Youth, a nonprofit organization connecting working professionals with underserved immigrant youth to inspire them to see what is possible for their lives.
“We Run As One is honored to have the support of McDonald’s every year,” said Ren Hsieh, Executive Director of The Dynasty Project. “Their generous contributions helped to ensure the youth had a great experience and a successful season for the league.”