Andrew Lovedale is 6’8 power forward that was born and raised in Benin City Nigeria. He earned a scholarship to attend Davidson in 2005 after gaining recognition through the basketball program at Manchester Magic in the UK. At Davidson, Lovedale had a stellar 4 year stay, averaging 12.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in his final year and at the same time earning a degree in Political science, Lovedale turned pro afterwards.
What separates him from most though is his dedication to helping others, something that Lovedale feels that is his calling after going through hard times at a young age being one out of ten children and relying on his single mother to raise them up after his father passed away. Lovedale’s charity work started in late 2006 after noticing several pairs of lightly used trainers and t-shirts lying about in his locker room, he asked the owners if he could take them to Nigeria to donate to the kids back home, and his teammates happily obliged, just like that, Andrew Lovedale embarked on his Charity work, and it has been growing ever since.
It’s now 2012, and what seemed to have started as an act of good will, has grown into a very big Charity mission named Access to Success, not only does Lovedale take back trainers, clothing accessories and basketball equipments to Nigeria, he also runs a basketball camp for kids, supports school programs which includes giving out scholarships, and acts as a mentor to the kids by empowering them to take steps to achieve their goals in life.
Last month, Lovedale and his group travelled to Benin City, Nigeria to continue his Charity work, helping out schools and local community programs. This September, Lovedale will be preparing for the second annual Andrew Lovedale 5K run which raised over $10,000 last year, the event will take place on September 1st at the Davidson College cross-country course. There will also be a ceremony at the end, which will be attended by Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry and other dignitaries. It’s very refreshing to see people go out of their way to help the community that helped raise them as a child. For more information please visit their website, http://a2sfoundation.org/
Some pictures from the 2011 trip to Nigeria