NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern Men's Basketball teamed with Radiant Church Saturday to distribute about 300 backpacks with school supplies to children in need. The inaugural Fresh Start 2018 also featured games, activities and free haircuts – provided by CSU athletic trainer Hanan Sokol – to the North Charleston community.
Over the last several weeks, along with the help of Chick-fil-A on Dorchester Road, about 400 backpacks and school supplies were purchased through generous donations. Hope Radebaugh, a former teacher and the wife of CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh, said the remaining backpacks will be given to Title I schools in the North Charleston area at this Thursday's Fact & Fee Night.
"It was so much more than we even dreamed of," Hope Radebaugh said. "We loved meeting new families in the area and it was a very beautiful event. The start of school is really a start-over time for every family. It's a new beginning for families and a new beginning for communities, and we're happy to help any way we can."
Radebaugh was inspired to help initiate the event by Murray Garvin, the head coach at South Carolina State and a former Bucs' assistant. Garvin and the Bulldogs have held similar backpack drives in Orangeburg.
"I just thought it was the coolest thing ever and of course as a retired teacher, it was close to my heart," Radebaugh said. "I thought more about it and thought why couldn't we do that here in Charleston? I was in church one day and I just felt the Lord tell me 'do the backpacks for Charleston.' He put that name in my mind, Fresh Start, because it's a fresh start for everybody."
Radiant Church is located at 2427 Midland Parkway in North Charleston. Its pastor, Philip Pinckney, has served as a team chaplain for CSU.