Over thirty years ago, Jerry and Cindi Steele started an inner city basketball program in downtown Phoenix. Although it initially focused on high school boys who wanted to play ball, M.A.D. (Make A Difference) House Ministries turned into much more.
Today, M.A.D. provides inner city youth with a safe place to experience life outside of what they know, learn about God, play ball and just hang out. Three times a week, every week, M.A.D. House is a place where kids can come play hoop, video games, ping pong, etc.
More importantly, M.A.D. often provides kids with college scholarships to private schools around the nation, enables them to go on trips overseas and even houses those who have no where else to go. For some kids, M.A.D. House is home.
In September of 2011, Samantha Steele launched M.A.D. Zimbabwe (MHZ) in conjunction with Smile For Africa, to provide athletic opportunities and spiritual development to the children of central Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. MHZ works with over 200 children in the public school system primarily through basketball. Current priorities include providing the kids with shoes to play in, providing food so they aren’t playing hungry, building proper basketball courts that aren’t dangerous and developing relationships with school administrators so the program will grow. Check out the video below for more info.
Coming soon… M.A.D. Middle East!
To learn more about M.A.D. House and what it’s all about, check out this feature from NBC’s Today Show
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