Academy faculty and staff with members of the Jesse Andrews Jr. Marine Corps League Detachment commemorating the official start of the 2015 Toys for Tots program.
For the 20th year, the United States Sports Academy will be serving as a collection center for the annual Toys for Tots program, which is being managed in coordination with the Jesse Andrews Jr. Marine Corps League Detachment of Daphne. Toys collected by the Academy as part of this program will go to children in our local area who need it most this time of year.
Donations will be accepted during the university’s regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays between Monday, 2 November 2015, and Friday, 4 December 2015. The Academy is located at One Academy Drive in Daphne, off of U.S. Highway 98 just south of Interstate 10.
The primary goal of the Toys for Tots program is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, and patriotic citizens. Since the inception of Toys for Tots, more than 400 million toys have been distributed to more than 188 million needy children.
The Toys for Tots program was founded in 1947 by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. William L. Hendricks, when Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles first collected and distributed 5,000 toys to children. The following year, the Marine Corps Reserve adopted the concept and made it a national endeavor.
If you do not live in Baldwin or Mobile Counties, please visit the Toys for Tots website at www.toysfortots.org/donate/ to find a collection center in your area or to make a donation online. Please contact the Academy at 251-626-3303, if you have any questions about this project.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.