Community Outreach: Halifax

Following are some of the Community Outreach initiatives I was a part of in Halifax, NS — while I was a SMU Huskies Student-Athlete. Basketball has always been my passion, but through my game I always try to use it as a tool to reach youths and deliver positive influence.

SMU Huskies Home Opener and Guest Youths

November 3rd, 2012

Jerome, Miguel and I with the Youth from Caledonia Junior High - "Just Believe"Huskies Basketball Home Opener: On this day, Jerome Smith, Miguel Pink and myself reunited with some youth from Caledonial Junior High School; we had them come over to Saint Mary’s University in order to have the opportunity to see the varsity football game and also follow up from our previous meeting with them.

Photo: Jerome, Miguel and I with the Youth from Caledonia Junior High – “Just Believe”

They also had the opportunity to watch our Home Opener basketball game and with the help of Saint Mary’s University’s Department of Athletics and Recreation, we were able to gear them up with some SMU Huskies apparel. Below is a response via email  from the parents of Royce.

“Coach Taussig,

On Saturday Nov. 3 2012 three young men from your basketball team, namely Migual, Jerome, and Harry. Spent the day with our son Royce they took him out to dinner,then they took him to the football game followed by the basketball game. Royce Jr. said “he had an amazing day’”the t it meant a lot to Royce that these three young men in college took the time to spend the day with him. They met Royce while he was attending Caladonia Jr. high School on a trip to Saint Mary’s. They continued to keep in touch, my wife and I met Migual, and Jerome they were very pleasant. They stressed to Royce the importance of a good education my wife and I are grateful to these young men.

 from Royce Sr. and Rosemary Johnston

 Photo: The Original “Just Believe” Crew – Harry Ezenibe, Jerome Smith and Miguel Pink

I also reunited with two youths living with Autism that I worked with during this summer through my Co-op work term. Dylan and Brandon were accompanied by their mother, Michelle and were live at tonights basketball game. They were loud and screamed my name at the top of their voices during in game action. It was a great feeling knowing that they were present and also,  I am appreciative of the lasting relationship we have established.

 Photos (Above right & Bottom left): Myself, Dylan, Brandon and their mother, Michelle.

 

 

NBA 3x Arena

September 8th, 2012

Visited the NBA 3x Arena in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and ran into some kids that I previously worked with in the past. Great feeling knowing that these kids have someone to look up to.

Photo: A HarryCares moment with the Kids During the 2012 NBA 3x Halifax tournament.

Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser

September 2nd, 2012

10:30 am

My teammates and I  came out to support and fundraise for Cystic Fibrosis. It was a great day grilling, BBQ and car wash. We also appreciate the support and donations we got from members of the community and we are glad that we reached out for a good cause.

 BBQ time with Iain Robertson, Fall 2012, Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser

 

 

 

 

Top Left Photo: Car wash section: CJ Jordan and the Boys helping out, Fall 2012 Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser.

Top Right Photo: BBQ time with Iain Robertson, Fall 2012 Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser

Bottom Photo: Car wash section: Girls Basketball team helping out, Fall 2012 Cystics Fibrosis Fundraiser

 

Autism Nova Scotia Summer Camp

June-August, 2012

The category of youths I focused on this summer and had the opportunity to work with are those living with the Autism Spectrum Disorder: I am appreciative of the time, effort and trust these parents had in giving me the opportunity to share my experience, and experience the daily lives of these kids. #HarryCares

Photo (right side): My Camper and I on a Bus Trip – Summer Camp 2012

 

 

Above Photo: Counselors at the Autism Nova Scotia Summer Camp 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Basketball Basics: Armbrae Pre-School

Friday June 8, 2012

A visit to Armbrae Pre-School presentation with Head Coach of the Saint Mary’s Huskies Basketball to educate and demonstrate to pre-school students thee “Introduction to Basketball Basics.” A fun morning with the kids and you learn how appreciative these kids are  — especially when they have someone to look up to. They learn so quickly!

 

 

Its never too early to introduce the game of basketball to our youth. Sports, physical activity, and play all have a positive impact on kids. The game of basketball is more than just a game: it’s physically, mentally, and emotionally rewarding. Every child deserves the opportunity to experience play, to be a kid, and to learn and grow through sport.

It feels great to share my passion with kids. They get to have fun and build on lessons learned in school — like team-work and fair play.”   -Harry Ezenibe

 

 

MARATHON OF SPORTS: MOTIONBALL 2011

Had lots of fun participating in Motionball Marathon of Sport, a day-long event raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics Canada. I competed alongside Special Olympics athletes in Basketball, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball and Bocce Ball.

Photo: Motionball 2011 –Group shot with Christine, our special athlete holding the 1st Place for the second year in a row.

Marathon of Sport is organized by motionball, a volunteer organization mandated to introduce the next generation of donors, volunteers and sponsors to the Special Olympics movement through integrated social and sporting events. Since its inception in 2002, motionball has donated over $2,200,000 to Special Olympics Canada through events across the country.

Marathon of Sports: Motionball 2010

Had lots of fun participating in Motionball Marathon of Sport, a day-long event raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics Canada. I competed alongside Special Olympics athletes in Basketball, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball and Bocce Ball.

Photo: Motionball 2010 – Group shot with Christine, our special athlete holding the 1st Place Trophy.

Marathon of Sport is organized by motionball, a volunteer organization mandated to introduce the next generation of donors, volunteers and sponsors to the Special Olympics movement through integrated social and sporting events. Since its inception in 2002, motionball has donated over $2,200,000 to Special Olympics Canada through events across the country.

HUSKIES SPRING AND SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMPS 2012

Every summer, I am dedicated to be part of the Huskies Spring and Summer Basketball Coaching staff. I help to coach kids on basketball fundamentals and other fun parts of the game. These kids gains first hand coaching from members of the varsity team and end up developing leadership skills on how to become a better athlete and individual in their various communities.

Kids at camp 2010

Photo: Kids at the 2012 Huskies Basketball camp

You can only appreciate the passion these kids have as you watch them compete and learn the importance of team building; and on how to be a better  team player. They learn and generate new friendship that can last a lifetime.

HUSKIES SPRING AND SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMPS 2011

Every summer, I am dedicated to be part of the Huskies Spring and Summer Basketball Coaching staff. I help to coach kids on basketball fundamentals and other fun parts of the game. These kids gains first hand coaching from members of the varsity team and end up developing leadership skills on how to become a better athlete and individual in their various communities.

Kids at the 2011 Huskies Basketball camp

Photo: Kids at the 2011 Huskies Basketball camp

You can only appreciate the passion these kids have as you watch them compete and learn the importance of team building; and on how to be a better  team player. They learn and generate new friendship that can last a lifetime.

Huskies Spring and Summer Basketball Camps 2010 

Every summer, I am dedicated to be part of the Huskies Spring and Summer Basketball Coaching staff. I help to coach kids on basketball fundamentals and other fun parts of the game. These kids gains first hand coaching from members of the varsity team and end up developing leadership skills on how to become a better athlete and individual in their various communities.

Spring 2010 League MVP Isaiah

Photo: Spring 2010 League MVP, Isaiah, and myself.

You can only appreciate the passion these kids have as you watch them compete and learn the importance of team building; and on how to be a better  team player. They learn and generate new friendship that can last a lifetime.