Access to Success (A2S), a Christian-based nonprofit with a focus on sports and education, was founded by former Davidson College Men’s Basketball player Andrew Lovedale out of his continued desire to give back to his native Nigeria and share his philosophy of sports, faith and education with underprivileged youth. During his time on the men’s basketball team at Davidson College, Lovedale collected basketball shoes and practice gear discarded by teammates to take home to Nigeria each summer for less fortunate players.
Lovedale launched Kicks from ‘Cats: The Andrew Lovedale Shoe Drive in February of 2009, which collected more than 10,500 pairs of shoes and $15,000. After more than 300 members of the Davidson community processed the shoes, Lovedale and Nigerian teammate Frank Ben-Eze traveled with a team of Davidson students, staff and alumni to deliver the shoes and run basketball clinics in the pair’s hometown of Benin City, Nigeria, in June of 2009. Lovedale returned to Davidson and began the planning for A2S in order to continue his work in Nigeria and impact the lives of underprivileged youth through training in sports, faith and education.
In September 2010 A2S was incorporated in Davidson, North Carolina, and in July 2011 received its 501(c)(3) status from the U.S. government. A2S currently operates in Benin City, Nigeria, and once a sustainable model is built through research and community partnership, plans to expand to other cities in Nigeria and eventually, worldwide.
A2S is raising funds to build a multipurpose sports court, kitchen, library and computer center for the more than 100 children served by The Logos Academy in Benin City, Nigeria. These permanent structures will directly impact the lives of these youth and their community by providing them with access to a daily meal, a better education, and an organized athletic experience.