Saturday, September 26, 2020 || By Shanel Romain ||
On Sept. 25, the Black McDonald’s Operators Association started the second half of their School Spirit, School Readiness Parking Lot Parade and Pick Ups by setting up at Winfield Scott Park, at 17th Avenue and South Maywood Drive in Maywood.
The organization collaborated with a range of nonprofits at stops across the Chicago and Northwest Indiana areas that were held from Sept. 22 to Sept. 25.
Sterling Brown with area young people during Friday’s event hosted by the Brown Brothers’ S.A.L.U.T.E. Foundation and the Black McDonald’s Operators Association. | Shanel Romain
In Maywood, the operators partnered with Brown Brothers’ S.A.L.U.T.E. Foundation, which is dedicated to helping families confront the many challenges that exist in urban environments.
The nonprofit was founded in 2018 by Milwaukee Bucks small forward Sterling Brown and his older brother, former NBA player Shannon Brown.
A young girl collects a kit that that includes books by Black authors during Friday’s event in Maywood. | Shanel Romain
Sterling Brown, who recently returned to his hometown from the NBA’s bubble, was at the event to help pass out school supplies to local young people.
Brown said that the BMOA approached him with the idea for Friday’s event.
“They’re doing a tour, so they’ve been to the West Side and other places,” he said. “They stopped here in Maywood to partner with us.”
Community members collected the kits in their cars, as well. Friday’s event allowed Maywood native Sterling Brown to return home to do give back after being in the NBA’s bubble. | Shanel Romain
Students “received kits that included basic supplies, reference charts and books written by Black authors to assist them through the academic school year,” according to statement released by the Black McDonald’s Operators Association.
Friday’s event left an impression on 9-year-old Kari Johnson.