After-School All-Stars Kicks-Off Third Annual “Camp Hoop Heroes” in the Miami HEAT’s American Airlines Arena

Nearly 100 Individuals Participate in Basketball-based Youth Leadership and Mentoring Program

Miami, FL – After-School All-Stars ( one of the nation’s leading after-school program providers, will host its third annual, free week-long, intensive youth leadership and mentoring program called Camp Hoop Heroes. The camp will serve forty middle school boys and girls, and will be staffed with forty college-educated volunteer mentors from the local community. The camp will take place each night, starting at 4:00 pm, in the American Airlines Arena (Practice Court) 601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132.

The goals of CHH are to leverage the game of basketball to provide youth participants with:
• Caring mentors
• Leadership skills
• Exposure to different college and career paths

Through basketball drills, tournament games, classroom leadership activities and guest speakers from the professional basketball world, CHH participants will learn leadership skills including, Discipline, Fairness, Respect, Leadership, Selflessness, Resilience, Vision and Responsibility. During one-on-one time with mentors, students will become aware of opportunities available to them in high school, college and beyond. This week’s guest speakers include:

o DJ Irie, Official DJ of the Miami Heat
o Allen Furst, President of Agency 21
o Michael McCullough, EVP/CMO at Miami HEAT
o Jeannie Monks, Marketing Associate at FOX Sports Florida / Sun Sports

Camp Director Aaron Dworkin says, “In order to engage students while they are on spring break, we’re providing an evening camp for kids who love basketball but might not make the NBA, kids who work hard in school, but may not be sure where all the work will lead down the road. We believe that through the experiential teaching power of basketball, we can give kids positive role models, develop them as leaders and help them become more aware of all their options in life. We are thrilled to be offering this program again.”

For more information or to visit the camp, please contact Emely Martinez Cockrell at or 323.380.8230

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 90,000 children from families of poverty benefit in 14 U.S. regions: Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, South Florida and Washington D.C.
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