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Our aim is to promote a healthy lifestyle for underprivileged children through physical education, and healthy eating. Current schemes include the donation of sports equipment and running basketball-based clinics for the children at the Mercy Center and the Camillian Center. This group gives members of the school community who are passionate about basketball and sports an opportunity to make an effective contribution to the local community.

Our Profile

We are a group of students at NIST who are dedicated to trying to make a positive impact and change in the lives of underprivileged young children. We engage with the NIST community to receive athletic footwear, clothing and sports equipment to donate to underprivileged local Thai schools and orphanages. We aim to try to develop important life skills and lessons in both the members of our group and the community members at the local Thai orphanages and schools.

Which UN Sustainable Development Goals Do We Support?

To provide a clear context for the aims of service groups at NIST, we align our projects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.” This NIST group supports the following goals:

Key Contacts & Experts

Are you interested in learning more about this group? Contact one of the team members to discover ways that you can become involved.

Dew R.

Dew R.

Student Leader

Chantel M.

Chantel M.

Teacher Mentor

Sustainability & Transparency

All NIST service groups are held to our community’s high standards and values: integrity, caring, community and growth.

pairs of shoes

Over 120 pairs of shoes have been donated to local Thai orphanages and schools in Bangkok.

Long-Term Goals

The Slam DUNK Service Group helps empower underprivileged children in the local community through the donation of athletic wear, which aims to alleviate the grave effects of poverty. We aim to donate over 200 pairs of athletic footwear by 2020.


Expenses Breakdown

95% of all funds and resources raised have been directly funneled to the beneficiary communities.

Someone in the community

The people that will be affected by the service initiative will be the children of the Mercy Center and Camillian Center as they will receive the shoe donations from the charity. We are impacting them in a way in which we hope that they will be able to engage in more physical activity and also just have more fun doing outdoor activities.


The members of our group will be benefiting/learning from developing this initiative from start to finish, as they work with several partners including Mercy Center, Top Flight and other groups to assure success. From engaging our classmates to support us to developing our engagements with the Mercy and Camillian Centers, the group has developed countless skills such as organization, communication, youth coaching, as well as building empathy. We hope that when the members of our group engage in these activities with the children, they learn some valuable lessons that can impact their lives in a positive way.

The Slam DUNK Charity Drive has impacted me (service initiative leader) in a way where I now see my world in a completely new and different way. Mercy and Camillian Centers engagement with the group has changed the way the members think, as they are now much more grateful towards the little things that they have. Seeing all the children at the Mercy and Camillian centers so excited about receiving used shoe donations have truly showed them to appreciate everything the opportunities offered to them more so than before.

Find Resources

Access curriculum and learning materials that help develop and support our aims. Get inspired and feel supported with materials to help you take on service learning in your own community.

Visit the Slum Dunk website to learn more about our group, see photos from our archives and read the latest updates about our activities.

Contact us to learn how you can support this NIST service group. Whether you wish to donate, offer your expertise, provide resources or more, get in touch!