By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – More than 50 Philadelphia students will hit the slopes today for free — thanks to a West Philadelphia non-profit that works with inner city youth.
“I look at it as being a mindset change. I know kids in West Philly that have never been to North Philly,” says Nehemiah Davis, who runs the Nehemiah Davis Foundation.
For the 4th year in a row, Davis has recruited sponsors, 20 chaperones and dozens of students for a day of skiing, snowboarding and tubing at Spring Mountain Adventures. He says the kids go free and will get lessons, but Davis has learned from experience, the trip is about more than fun in the snow:
“My mom used to do these things for me as a young kid and it always changed my outlook on life and made me know that I can be anything or create anything I want as long as I have the vision. But without the vision, there’s no way these kids would know these things are available.”
The Nehemiah Davis Foundation feeds the homeless, sponsors bookbag and toy give-aways, as well as summer block parties.