The Sandbox at Madeline's Place is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. FEIN 46-3495804 We are listed on Guidestar
On December 3, 2012, the world lost a bright light. Madeline Claire Haynes, a Hutto HS student and athlete, took her life. The shock was devastating to so many around her. She gave no signs, no indications, no clues that she was capable of such an act. Cruel texts from a stranger and a manipulative relationship in which she was involved created the circumstances that let her to despair. A despair she had never before shown. We do suspect multiple concussions may have played a role as well.
Madeline truly had a zest for life. She was funny, feisty, caring and a true friend. Because she was the last person anyone thought capable of such an act, it demonstrated the fact that no one really knows what is going on in a person's mind or life. Kindness is paramount We felt that a message of "Be Honest. Be Kind. Speak Up." would be instrumental in helping teens navigate adolescence more successfully. Out of tragedy, The Sandbox at Madeline's Place was born so this message could be spread.
The mission of The Sandbox at Madeline's Place is to empower teenagers to navigate adolescence safely, happily, and with a healthy sense of self. We are carrying out this mission through recreational activities, relationship building, and mentoring.
Our vision is to build and operate a tournament quality indoor/outdoor sand volleyball and recreation center that caters to the physical and emotional needs of the teenagers in the Hutto, TX area. The volleyball portion would draw in income by hosting social leagues and competition teams, helping the center to be self sufficient.