There are very few college athletic programs that are synonymous with winning like the UConn Women’s Basketball team. The Huskies are on a quest this 2016-2017 season for their 5th NCAA championship in a row. Despite their quickly approaching season, the team took time out of their busy schedule to participate in an AFH University 1.0 workshop and took time to volunteer last week as part of the Athletes for Active Schools Campaign.
During the workshop, The Huskies discussed many topics such as their platform as college athletes and their role in the community. The Huskies then headed over to Grace Academy, which is a tuition-free middle school for girls from underserved families in Hartford, CT. During the visit, the Huskies met with a group of 60 girls as they shared one interesting fact about themselves with the students, spoke about the importance of physical activity, and then led the students through activities at various stations throughout the gym. The students took part in hula hooping, relay races, yoga, push-up challenges, relay races and more alongside their new friends.
Junior Guard, Gabby Williams, said, “It was super rewarding because the little girls reminded me of how I used to look up at athletes when I was their age. It’s awesome that there are organizations like Athletes for Hope out there that allow us to give back and show kids just how fun and beneficial being active can be. I could tell the girls really enjoyed themselves on Friday so hopefully they were inspired to find a sport or activity they can love and continue to do like we did when we were kids.”
The Huskies will continue their involvement with Let’s Move! Active Schools throughout the semester in an effort to inspire children throughout Connecticut to become more physically active. We are grateful for their efforts and look forward to working with these phenomenal athletes again in the future.
This week, the world celebrated World Malaria Day – a day to call attention to the deadly, yet preventable, disease of malaria. A child dies every two minutes from this disease, but it doesn’t have to happen. You can save lives by just donating $10 for a life-saving mosquito net. These nets have already saved over 6.5 million lives and you can help save even more. Just #CallYourShot.
Our friends at Nothing but Nets and basketball phenom, Stephen Curry, are asking everyone who wants to play a role in ending malaria to film themselves calling—and making—their best, most creative, most outrageous shot. Then challenge your friends, family and co-workers to do the same and post the video online.
The final step—and the most critical—is sending lifesaving bed nets to families in need so they can protect themselves from this deadly disease. So donate at www.CallYourShot.org.
Several of you have submitted your own shots via social media with the hashtag #CallYourShot already. Take a look at the cool shots and submit your own today. Don’t forget to use the hashtag and to challenge your teammates to participate and to donate.
Athletes for Hope, Awvee Storey, and KIPP DC celebrated the success of the “Power Up” Program with a field trip to the Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Hornets game on Sunday, April 10th. Thirty-five Power Up students and their parents were in attendance as the Wizards beat the Hornets 113 to 98. As a special incentive set up by Awvee, during halftime, the students were escorted to the court where they were recognized for their hard work of reaching their goals of being more physically active! Besides seeing the Wizards win and being recognized at halftime, the kids also walked away with a Wizards t-shirt and a John Wall bobble-head doll!
The kids were thrilled with this opportunity and are looking forward to the start of next years program!
“The game was so cool! I loved the fireworks and the fire that came out. The wizards won and I got to go with my mom and my brother.” – Dajah
“The game was great. We got to be on T.V. and see a game where the Wizards won. I went to the game with my Mom, Brother, and Sister. Everyone had so much fun!” – Landon
“The coolest part of the whole game was going on the court at half-time.” – Madison