While competing for Team USA from 2005-2008, Shannon was moved by the extreme poverty and lack of athletic resources available to children in Africa, despite their keen interest in badminton. Players from Berundi had to borrow rackets and share them just to compete internationally for their country. Many more children wanted the opportunity to play but lacked the resources. Shannon brought bags of badminton equipment and clothes to tournaments that she collected from international players in Denmark for the children in the stands who were from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya and Kampala, Uganda.
In 2012 she developed the “Rackets for Uganda” program at the SPBA for which clubs and players from throughout the Midwest donate old equipment. She also recruited the help of Wilson Sporting Goods and has now collected more than 200 rackets.
She is currently working with the Uganda National Team in order to put together a clinic next year for these underserved kids and seeking sponsors to help with the expenses of this project.
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