What started out as a class project, turned into something much greater.

While attending Professor Joseph Sulentic’s Business class at the University of Iowa, students were challenged to create a business plan that involved giving back to the community. After brainstorming, Micah’s group saw a need to provide access to sporting equipment for underserved youth. The discussion resulted in the group’s plan to gather new and used equipment from local organizations, sporting good stores and anybody open and willing to donate. In turn, the equipment was given to the local Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids. This was the moment Micah realized that I’MagINe had the potential to grow and surpass the boundaries of the University of Iowa. After months of planning, researching and deliberating, the project was completed. Actually it had just begun.

Four years later, we are on a mission to fulfill the vision that began in a classroom. This is a vision that will have an impact on children from coast to coast.

EVENT DETAILS

Youth Backpack Drive – 2018

Coralville, Iowa
September 15, 2018
  • IMagINe for Youth provided 144 backpacks stuffed with notebooks, folders, pencils, pens, crayons, highlighters, rulers, erasers, glue, pencil pouches and pencil sharpeners to the students of Kirkwood Elementary School which is part of the Iowa City Community School District in Coralville, Iowa.
  • The “In” team for the Sept. 15, 2018 event included the United Way of Johnson & Washington counties which helped generate donations, the University of Iowa Department of Intercollegiate Staff & Athletic Administration which covered expenses for the school supplies and Andre and Rachel Dawson who stuffed and distributed all of the backpacks.

Field Trip

Dearborn Heights, Michigan
  • Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Provided the funds needed for 2nd grade class to go on a few field trips.

Youth Backpack Drive – 2018

Buffalo, New York
August 28, 2018
  • Imagine founder Micah Hyde was joined by Buffalo Bills teammates Lorenzo Alexander (57), Brandon Reilly (89), Jordan Poyer (21), Mathew Milano (58) and Siran Neal (29) in distributing 150 backpacks to youngsters at the Boys & Girls Club in Buffalo.
  • Supplies, which were contributed by Eaton Office Supply, provided each of the 150 backpacks with a notebook, folders, box of pencils, pens, crayons, markers, rulers, scissors, glue, pencil pouches and autographed photo of Micah Hyde.

Thanksgiving Party

Orchard Park, New York
November 1, 2017
  • Invited 100+ inner city kids to eat Thanksgiving Dinner at New Era Field
  • Put put, balloon artist, DJ, lots of food
  • NFL guests included: Jordan Mathews, Micah Hyde, Kyle Williams, Colt Anderson, Joe Webb

Back to School Bash 2017

Buffalo, NewYork
August 1, 2017
  • Norhwest Buffalo Community Center
  • 168 kids received a new backpack full of school supplies and pizza party
  • NFL guests included: Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, Marcus Sayles, Kevon Seymour, and B.T. Sanders.

Boys & Girls Club of Eden

Eden, North Carolina
October 1, 2017
  • Boys & Girls Club were in need of new equipment
  • Provided the funds needed for new helmets

Micah Hyde’s Annual Football Camp

Fostoria, Ohio
June 9, 2018

Micah Hyde’s Annual Football Camp in Fostoria, Ohio

Kicks for Kids

Cleveland, Ohio
December 21, 2017
  • Iowa-Maple Elementary School
  • Provided each kid enrolled (260 total) with a new pair of Nikes, a backpack, and treats

Micah Hyde Football Camp 2017

Fostoria, Ohio
June 1, 2017
  • Free youth football camp for 500 kids
  • Each kid received nike shirt, nike shorts, nike bag, ice pack, water bottle, signed picture
  • NFL guests included: Christian Kirksey, Jayrone Elliott, Casey Hayward, Carl Davis, Micah Hyde
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