AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS “CAMP HOOP HEROES” AT AMERICAN AIRLINES ARENA
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Camp Hoop Heroes
During the week of March 25-29, AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the Miami HEAT, hosted “Camp Hoop Heroes” (CHH) a free week-long, intensive youth leadership and mentoring program, which responds to the need for more mentors willing to work with local youth. After a successful run in New York City and Washington DC, the program expanded to Miami. CHH leverages the game of basketball to provide participants with caring mentors and exposure to different educational and career paths. During the camp, volunteers mentor participants one-on-one and educate them about high school, college, and career opportunities.
Forty youth participants and forty college educated volunteer mentors participated in nightly basketball drills, tournament games, classroom, and leadership activities. CHH participants learned the following leadership skills: discipline, fairness, respect, leadership, selflessness, resilience, vision, and responsibility. During their one-on-ones, mentors explained the opportunities available to students in high school, college, and beyond. Guest speakers during the camp included Michael McCullough, Miami HEAT EVP/CMO, Jose Mas, CEO of MasTec Inc., Maverick Carter, CEO of LRMR, Lebron James Business Partner and Marketing Consultant, and Gaby Schoepflin, Director of Distribution for FOX Television.
About After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive after-school programs. During the school year, children participate in free programs that include academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Nearly 92,000 children from families of poverty benefit in 13 U.S. regions: Atlanta, Chicago, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Florida. For more information, visit www.as-as.org