For kids, clear sight can make all the difference in the classroom and on the court. Kids with undetected vision problems may struggle to see the whiteboard or find their homework a blur. On the basketball court, it might mean missing a pass or incorrectly lining up their shot.
Seeing clearly allows kids to reach their full potential and to fully experience moments in life that could shape who they become as adults. Perhaps it is reading a book that changes their perspective, or sinking a three point shot right at the buzzer to win the game. For a few young student athletes in New York this summer, it was about getting to watch some of their favorite athletes and celebrities at the Roc Nation Summer Classic.
VSP Global Eyes of Hope partnered with the State University of New York’s (SUNY) College of Optometry to provide comprehensive, no-cost eye exams and sports vision exams to a group of young student athletes from Harlem United, a group dedicated to educating and empowering young people in need through academic and athletic achievement. Led by Dr. Daniel Laby and his team of faculty and doctors, more than 25 kids received these exams. Children who needed glasses selected Nike frames and had their glasses made at no cost through the VSP Mobile Eyes clinic on-site.
“I will never forget the smile on one kid’s face as he wore his new glasses and walked around seeing everything for the first time. Moments like that make all the effort worthwhile,” said Dr. Laby.
The student athletes also joined us for the VSP-sponsored Roc Nation Summer Classic, a celebrity basketball game at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn that raises awareness for a number of charities around the world. Celebrities included entertainer Nick Jonas, baseball players Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia, and boxer Miguel Cotto, all of whom were raising funds for specific charities. Sporting their new eyewear, the kids even made it courtside for a group picture.
We won’t forget the smiles on their faces or their laughter as they got to fully enjoy the moment – because isn’t that what it’s about?
This is a guest post by VSP employee, Ryan W.