Max Kerkhove, left, and Christian Creech volunteered at Feed My Starving Children recently as part of their involvement in Boys Team Charity of Ahwatukee.

A new nonprofit organization has been created in Ahwatukee develop a spirit of altruism in boys.

The Boys Team Charity League of Ahwatukee is one of a number of chapters established across the country since 2001, when two Arcadia mothers with six sons between them decided to teach their boys about the meaning and importance of giving back to the community.

“Our goal is to develop an altruistic spirit in young men through active participation of parents and sons in philanthropic projects in their communities,” said chapter president Todd Heaton, who is recruiting Ahwatukee boys in grades 7 to 12.

Since it was established in April, the Boys Team Charity League of Ahwatukee has attracted 50 members, he said.

“What makes the Boys Team Charity of Ahwatukee unique is that we are specific to boys and their parents living in the Ahwatukee zip codes of 85044, 85045 and 85048,” Heaton explained. “We believe this is what makes our charity league special in that it keeps it within our community.”

Equally unique is the fact that parents participate in the philanthropic events and general meetings together, he noted.

The Ahwatukee league grew out of some discussions Heaton had with two local woman, Karen Snyder and Tammy Trilli, who are now board members.

“There is an all-girls Charity League called National Charity League that a lot of our daughters are involved in,” Heaton said. “NCL is widely known and several years strong. We knew about the Boys Team Charity and decided to connect with some of our other friends to form a board.”

Over the summer, members volunteered at Feed My Starving Children, St Mary’s Food Bank and UMOM.

Heaton, whose son Sam is a member of the Ahwatukee chapter, said he felt a local chapter met his hopes for an ongoing charitable endeavor.

“I wanted something for my son to get involved with in giving back to the community that was specific to our Ahwatukee community, and was manageable…from a time-management standpoint,” he said.

“The requirement is 15 hours annually of participating in philanthropic events and another six hours annually in general meetings – very manageable with everything else our kids have going on with school, sports and other activities, but also an opportunity to show our kids the value of giving  back,” he said.
There is a $150 annual membership fee, which Heaton said covers insurance costs and other operating expenses.
Prospective members can sign up at  btcahwatukee.chapterweb.net.

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