As a freshman, Joel Geier decided he was going to start a non-profit — one he hopes to continue running long after his time at Wartburg.
The non-profit is called Knights Integrating Development Sports (K.I.D.S.) and focuses on raising money for sports equipment for underprivileged children.
Geier said he started K.I.D.S. because he’s always had a passion for helping other people.
“As a pre-med student, obviously my final goal was to be able to do that,” Geier said. “But I wanted to start doing something now.”
To raise money, Geier said K.I.D.S holds events such as a recent 5K and an upcoming 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
They have already donated money to local organizations such as the Waterloo Boys and Girls Club, but Geier said he is working to spread the non-profit nationally.
They are working on a partnership with Scheels and could eventually have their logo on products in the stores. Geier said he and other members will also be traveling to Jamaica in May to build a soccer complex.