The Rob Murphy Foundation’s Inaugural "The Gift of Sharing" Event Impacts Local Families and Seniors

The Rob Murphy Foundation held its inaugural event at Bagley Elementary last Thursday “The Gift of Sharing.” 

Volunteers, with the help of students, helped pack boxes of food for 75 families in the Bagley community and an additional 25 for a local senior citizen home. 

The EMU Men’s Basketball team and staff were on hand as well to help pack boxes, read to and play games with the students, make Christmas cards for senior citizens and help make the event an overall success.

Bagley Elementary holds a close place to Rob Murphy’s heart. Having not only went to school there as a child, Murphy’s first job out of college was a teacher there as well. Naturally, he understood the needs in the community and wanted to help make an impact for a place that he will always call home. 

"There were so many amazing things that happened today, but one of the most rewarding was to reconnect with several of my former students and to meet many of the families that are part of the Bagley community.  It is a privilege to spend time together and assist them.  I feel blessed by the opportunities and experiences I have in my life.  It is my honor to give back,” said Murphy. 

Nikki Borges, Chair of the Board for the Rob Murphy Foundation was thrilled with the event and to see, first-hand, the impact they were making in the community. 

"It was an amazing experience to begin our programming for the foundation and it was wonderful to work with the administrators at Bagley Elementary.  They helped us shape an event that served both the needs of their students and community. We look forward to growing our involvement in the community and expanding our reach as we grow as a foundation,” said Borges.

"This was a phenomenal day!  To see my vision of the Rob Murphy Foundation come to life by hosting the Gift of Sharing was both rewarding and energizing. We will continue to build our foundation so that we can help meet the needs of the underserved youth in this community and throughout Detroit,” added Murphy. 

The Rob Murphy Foundation was created this past June by Detroit native and current Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball head coach Rob Murphy with a clear vision: every child needs opportunity.  The mission of the Rob Murphy Foundation is to provide support and opportunities for youth in under-served areas, so that through education, health awareness, and community involvement, today and tomorrow's youth may experience the positive impact of their interaction with this foundation.

Rob Murphy enters his fourth year as Head Coach of Eastern Michigan University’s men’s basketball team and has coached the team to its best start in nearly 20 years including a signature win over the University of Michigan.  During his inaugural season of 2011-12, Murphy led EMU to its first-ever MAC West Division Championship, and was named MAC Coach of the Year as well as Co-Coach of the Year in the NCAA District 14 Division I ranks by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). 

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