Eagle Scout candidate Daniel Lichlyter of Ponte Vedra recently organized his troop, donors and volunteers to restore an old basketball court for Children’s Home Society of Florida, reshaping the space for families to grow, learn and play together.
Lichlyter, and members of Troop 288, enlisted the help of ACRYTECH and Court Surfaces to complete the transformation of the court in Jacksonville. The companies donated equipment and materials and provided guidance to the volunteers who put in the labor.
Lichlyter was drawn to the vision of CHS – “A world where children realize their full potential.” He first learned of CHS when his father, Paul, was on the local board of directors and his mother, Amy, was volunteering on campus.
“I wanted to do something that would impact kids in a positive way for years to come,” Lichlyter said. “A few days after we finished the project, I spoke with some kids playing on the court and heard a few of the problems and obstacles they were experiencing.”
Kymberly Cook, executive director serving Northeast Florida agrees with Lichlyter.
“The resurfacing of our basketball court will bring joy to hundreds of children for years to come. We are so proud that Daniel is carrying on a passion to help children established by his parents, Paul and Amy.”
An exciting basketball tournament on Aug. 1 capped the project. More than 50 volunteers, staff and friends of CHS gathered to officially break in the new court with the inaugural Building Bridges Basketball Tournament. The University of North Florida Ospreys women’s basketball team and The Solution Dynamics joined staff and the Eagle Scouts.
Lichlyter's official Eagle Scout court of honor is Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church.
On the front lines since 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping children and families. Children’s Home Society of Florida serves more than 50,000 children and family members throughout the state each year. For more information, visit chsfl.org.