MAPLETON – The Schramm family of Mapleton have always loved playing sports and playing ball games. While on vacation in the Dominican Republic in 2010, they saw children playing baseball with a piece of wood and a plastic cap.
âWe saw children playing on a highway roundabout,â said Ryan Schramm. âThese kids loved to play ball. Later we visited a field where their baseball club is playing for 8 to 17 year olds. All they had for equipment was a five gallon bucket with balls, two major league sized sticks and 10 mitts. The balls had no more leather and were just held together with string and of course there were no uniforms but they played weekly and had a regular league. We decided that next time we come we will find a way to get balls for these kids. We just started our business this week called One4TK, which stands for One 4 The Kids.
âEvery child has the right to play,â Ryan continued. âWith every purchase of our sports equipment, we will put one like him into the hands of a child in need. Our whole family is working together to make this world a better place for children. “
Chandler Schramm, 16 and a football player at Maple Mountain High School, is the digital media specialist for the new family business, spreading the word on social media sites. He also supported the family’s involvement in his Eagle Project in November. The family returned to the Dominican Republic with clothes, school supplies and toys. With the donated funds, they also bought food to donate during their stay in the country.
âI feel like a lot of people who started playing sports when they were kids have great memories,â Chandler said. âI wanted to help the children I saw there who didn’t have the same opportunities as us. I wanted them to have some of these same great experiences.
Mother Barbi Schramm, who recently returned to school, discovered while researching that there are many benefits to providing a child with a ball.
âI have found that the benefits of playing sports and exercising for children help in so many ways,â she said. âNot only is it good for them physically, but it helps them learn. Giving a soccer, football, or baseball ball to a child who really needs it can help lift it.
Daughter Morgan, 18, is responsible for shipping and inventorying the family business. Currently there are boxes full of 4,500 bullets in the basement.
âLooking around and seeing kids who had nothing made me feel guilty,â she said. âI realized that I had grown up with sports and lots of opportunities. I saw them playing baseball everywhere. It was crazy. When we brought them soccer balls the kids just started doing the moves and they were so happy.
Kaitlyn, 20, went with her family last year and after seeing poverty in the Dominican Republic, it made her want to find a way to help.
âI worked in retail,â said Kaitlyn, a college student. âThose of us who live in rich countries spend our money on fashion, not because we really need something. With One4TK, a person has the option of buying something for themselves and providing the same for someone else. It’s a good way to serve.
The youngest member of the family is Sawyer, 10. It helps by blowing up soccer balls and soccer balls for commands.
âI help my family by asking the kids at my school if they have heard of our company to send balls to the Dominican Republic when you buy a ball for yourself,â Sawyer said. âWhen I was there I didn’t speak Spanish, but we played football together. I was just sitting on the wall and 14 other kids came up to me and tried to talk to me and be friendly. I hope we will sell 8,000 balls so that we can bring some to the children this year. Maybe someday we’ll be as big as Nike.
The new family business offers equipment like a $ 30 soccer ball and a $ 25 soccer ball. Other products can be purchased online at http://one4tk.com. Additional sports equipment will be added in the coming weeks.