Wellesley HS basketball players collect donations for Ukrainians

A group of teenagers in the Massachusetts town of Wellesley is gathering donations to support 90 Ukrainian basketball players who have been evacuated from war-town cities.Sean Tavis and several of his teammates on the Wellesley High School basketball team are collecting gently-used sneakers and other basketball equipment to send to those Ukrainians.Tavis was born and spent his childhood in Latvia, where his former basketball coach, Janis Butans, has taken in dozens of Ukrainian refugees to his basketball academy in the rural town of Valka.Basketball expenses are not covered under the refugee program, but for the traumatized Ukrainians between the ages of 12 and 17, having the opportunity to continue playing a sport they love is important during this tragic time.The Tavis family has also set up a GoFundMe page for those Ukrainian refugees, the money from which will go toward training and tournament expenses.

A group of teenagers in the Massachusetts town of Wellesley is gathering donations to support 90 Ukrainian basketball players who have been evacuated from war-town cities.

Sean Tavis and several of his teammates on the Wellesley High School basketball team are collecting gently-used sneakers and other basketball equipment to send to those Ukrainians.

Tavis was born and spent his childhood in Latvia, where his former basketball coach, Janis Butans, has taken in dozens of Ukrainian refugees to his basketball academy in the rural town of Valka.

Basketball expenses are not covered under the refugee program, but for the traumatized Ukrainians between the ages of 12 and 17, having the opportunity to continue playing a sport they love is important during this tragic time.

The Tavis family has also set up a GoFundMe page for those Ukrainian refugees, the money from which will go toward training and tournament expenses.