13-Year-Old Phoenix Brown Awarded $10,000 for Mowing Lawns of Elderly and Disabled People for Free in His Virginia Hometown

Phoenix Brown & Family (Photo Courtesy of GMA)

Thirteen-year-old Phoenix Brown has utilized his passion for community service to provide free lawn mowing in his hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia. He has now been rewarded with a $10,000 check by Good Morning America and Honey Bunches of Oats to support his prospective projects and interests.

Brown’s journey began after hearing about the 50-yard challenge in 2020 from his father and deciding to see it through. The challenge invites boys and girls, ages 7–17, to cut 50 lawns for free for the elderly, disabled, single parents, veterans, and anyone in need of help in their communities.

Rodney Smith, the Raising Men & Women Lawn Care Service founder, started the 50-yard challenge with a mission in mind. This nonprofit unites “ordinary yard maintenance service and the commitment to establish an inspiring program to keep our youth (girls & boys) on a positive path while learning and understanding their value in society,” as stated on its website.

The Virginia Virtual Academy student has successfully cut 50 lawns for free, which fulfills the requirements of the 50-yard challenge. This accomplished goal earned him a brand new lawnmower, weed eater, and blower from Raising Men & Women Lawn Care Service, as well as a visit from its founder.

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SOURCE: Black Enterprise, Atiya Jordan

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