Seven years ago Ryan Stines was challenged by his parents to find a way to use his passion and talents to give back to the community. Ryan decided to put his love for sports into action creating Endless Sports, an organization to make sure that all kids could benefit from the lessons and joy that playing sports provides.
After attending the first August Madness Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, Ryan and his family reached out to Bridge II Sports to determine how to expand their understanding of adapted sports. The Endless Sports Wheelchair Basketball Tournament was born! Similar to Bridge II Sports’ August Madness, this tournament allowed people with and without disabilities to experience wheelchair basketball first-hand opening eyes to the speed, competition and skill of adapted sports. Over 5 years the event generously raised over a combined $12,000 for Bridge II Sports!
Through Ryan’s initiative and heart, Endless Sports has donated over $5000 of sports equipment to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Raleigh and Durham, provided lacrosse clinics at Camp High Hope and ‘Try It Lacrosse Clinics’ for athletes with disabilities. Ryan even teamed up with Bridge II Sports to introduce the University of North Carolina Lacrosse Team to wheelchair lacrosse which was a major step as we continue to push for adapted programming in the ACC.
With COVID-19 restrictions this year, Endless Sports has not been able to move forward with planned programs. Ryan decided to donate $2500 in support of Bridge II Sports programming and mission. We are so deeply thankful and awed by the initiative and generosity of this young man.
Ryan will be graduating from high school in 2021 and will be pursuing his passion for lacrosse at the next level with a commitment to play at the University of Utah. We are so excited to see how he continues to make a difference in this world. We will be forever grateful for the impact and perspectives changed because of an idea of a 9 year old and his family, friends, and community that helped make it happen.