Good Sports: HELPING THE HOMELESS
Nitish Sood, 17, of Alpharetta, Georgia, was honored recently with the 2017 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. He was one of 25 outstanding young leaders aged 8 to 18 who received the award for making a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.
Nitish and his brother Aditya co-founded Working Together for Change (WTFC), a nonprofit that has mobilized more than 600 volunteers to help 3,000 homeless people. WTFC has organized 16 free medical fairs, recruiting doctors and nurses to provide screenings for vision, cholesterol, and diabetes.
Nitish, who graduated in May from Alpharetta High School, was inspired to start WTFC four years ago after a homeless man gave him a tattered copy of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, in which the Lorax says, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
“One in every 45 kids in America will be homeless today,” Nitish says in his Barron Prize bio. “No one person can end this epidemic. But working together, 44 kids can help the 45th.”
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