Athletes for Hope was invited to participate in the NBA All-Star Week “Leadership Together: Community Conversation” this past weekend before the NBA All-Star Game.
In attendance at the Community Conversation were not only NBA players, but 25 young people from the local New Orleans area, police officers, members of the players association and key members of the New Orleans community.Conversations about race, policing and equality took place behind closed doors which allowed for the flow of ideas and powerful, honest conversations from participants.
Undoubtedly, the issues of community policing and race run deep in the New Orleans community, as it does in the entire United States. We were honored to take part in this discussion and understand that issues surrounding racial injustice may be of interest to some of our athletes. We hope to continue to be a part of conversations like these headed forward and look forward to working with athletes to find meaningful ways to impact the communities in which they live and work.
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