LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—10-year-old Mac Haynes. He’s dedicated, talented, and driven.
“We can have more people to come and tell more people to learn about God,” said Haynes.
He wants to raise money for a new ministry center. So he created an event centered on the sport he loves, basketball, and called it Hoops for Hope.
“We’re running out of room for our church right now,” said Haynes. “And we need to get a new one so more people can come to it and help the community.”
With the help of his church, Mount Hope Church, he made nearly 500 shots in the basket, the goal is to raise money to by the Charity Baptist Church building on 15th and Greenbush in Lafayette.
The building that Haynes is trying to raise money for is $500,000, which is why his goal was to make 500 shots in the basket, Sunday his financial goal was to raise the down payment for the church which is $25,000.
Now if they’re able to reach that goal and put the down payment on this church, then it will be used as a community center which will provide rehab programs and kids programs to the surrounding area and the residents living in the neighborhood.
“His philosophy is he just wants to be a leader,” said Mom to Mac, Erin Haynes. “And he’s a very young leader.”
Erin says it’s amazing to see young people strive to make a positive difference.
“He knows that other kids are watching him and that makes him nervous,” said Haynes. “And I think that happens to every leader. Even at ten years old, thirty years old, and forty years old.”
First lady and Pastor of Mount Hope Church Bryan and Tiffany Courtney describe Haynes’ efforts with one word and it’s all a part of his mission to bring help and healing to the city.
“Perseverance is what I think,” said Courtney. “Just a week ago he had announced that he was going to do this Hoops for Hope he was at basketball and hurt his arm severely,”
“They thought it was broke, he took a good fall. And here he is a week later shooting five-hundred hoops. I mean to me that’s perseverance.”
Mac is a student at Wea Ridge Elementary School and plays basketball on the Legacy Basketball Team.
We spoke with a member of Charity Baptist earlier today who says there are three inquiries including Mac's.
Mac has already raised a little more than $9,000 for the ministry center.
If you would like to learn more about how you can donate you can do so here.
Mail checks payable to Mount Hope Church:
P.O Box 5953
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