SIMONA RISTOVSKA HOPES TO TAKE SOME OF AMERICA HOME
When Simona Ristovska returns to her home country of Macedonia in June after spending a year in the United States as an exchange student, she hopes to teach some of the orphans in her country about American sports.
Ristovska has started a campaign to collect used sports equipment, such as footballs and baseballs, to take to the orphans of Macedonia. She said that Worldlink, the organization that sponsored the exchange program, encourages students to do a leadership project to spread American culture in the students’ home country. As a way of doing that, Ristovska hopes to collect baseball and football equipment to take to the orphans. She said baseball and football exemplify American sports.
“It’s going to be for people to donate sports equipment,” she said. “It’s for any type of equipment like outdoor summer sports equipment. All those will go to the orphanages in Macedonia.”
Ristovska originated the project name ‘Together Our Youth Served’ or the acronym T.O.Y.S. The main event for the project will be held on July 4, when Ristovska plans to hold a picnic and teach the American sports to the orphans. At the end of the day, all the toys will be donated to the children.