Basketball as a Tool

HarryCares Ticket Giveaway: Recipient Highlight

February 2nd, 2015.

Meet Kadiatu Barrie, one of the Recipients of the HarryCares Ticket Giveaway. She is a Grade 11 Honour Roll Student at Westview Centennial Secondary School in Toronto. A deserving student who excels in academics and athletics: she competes in Cross Country, Sr. Girls Basketball team, is the Captain of the Sr. Girls Volleyball team, and is the Communication Officer for a leadership group called Generation Change. She participated in a community Toy Drive delivered to women shelters, and she is also the athletic representative on student council at Westview with an aspiration of being a Lawyer someday.

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Photo: HarryCares Ticket Recipient: Kadiatu Barrie with Harry Ezenibe

Kadiatu joins the list of HarryCares Ticket Giveaway Recipients, including:

  • 1 Student from Julie Payette Public School from Whitby Community
  • 1 Student from Captain Michael Vandenbos Public School from the Whitby Community.
  • 3 students from Westview Secondary School.
  • 2 students from Crowthers Secondary School.

2nd Annual HarryCares Basketball Jamboree (2014)

October 17th-19th, 2014

The 2nd Annual HarryCares Basketball Jamboree rounded up on Saturday evening, 18th October, 2014 with a speech on the importance of maximizing opportunities, knowing the importance of the activities we are involved in and the opportunities that can be created from our participation. It was a jam-packed, fun-filled weekend: games, Leadership Talks, SAQ workouts, and a pizza party!

“Become role models, make a change. Be leaders, value the work done and do more for others.” – Harry Ezenibe

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Thank you to all of the participants, coaches, parents, family and friends, sponsors, community supporters, and especially those who made this tournament possible! Your time and effort is greatly appreciated.

 

 

2nd Annual HarryCares Basketball Jamboree (2014): Special Thanks

October, 2014.

It was an amazing feeling to return to the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and also reconnect with communities within.

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Special Thanks to everyone who contributed:

  • Toronto Raptors (NBA)
  • CBCL Engineering Company Halifax for logistics
  • Sports Performance Professional, Natalie Leger for putting the Kids through Speed Agility Quickness sessions
  • Halifax Rainmen Basketball (NBL Canada)
  • Saint Mary’s University Men’s Basketball
  • Snappy Tomato Pizza
  • BJHS Brookside
  • Prospect Road Community Centre
  • Gorsebrook Junior High.

 

1st Annual HarryCares Basketball Jamboree (2013)

December 7th, 2013.

IT’S A WRAP! The First 2013 HarryCares Basketball Jamboree as a success with lots of positive feedbacks from parents, participating athletes, coaches, and others. It was all for a great cause. The games wrapped up with player of the game awards and also a special HarryCares shirt awarded to one of the Yarmouth Thunder players, Noah; for being a great contributor to his “TEAM.” Thanks again to all our sponsors, participating teams, parents, and those who helped make this happen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giants of Africa, Ujiri Foundation

November 17th, 2013.

Made my presence over the weekend in Toronto as a Giants of Africa’s Alumni in support of the Giants of Africa & Ujiri Foundation, and also, an opportunity to introduce the HarryCares Project. In sharing some of my own experiences, I was able to show how basketball can be used as a tool for success. Through basketball and with the support of those who believed in me, I am able to stand where I am today. Basketball is more than just a game — it is a tool for success. Such a remarkable event!

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Top left & Top right: Myself sharing my experiences and relationship to the Giants Of Africa Foundation all.
Bottom left: Basketball 4 Peace Cordinator: Oliver Johnson, NBA Commissioner: Adam Silver, Toronto Raptors GM: Masai Ujiri, and myself. Bottom right: Oliver Johnson, Masai Ujiri, and myself.  

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This event encouraged the use of Basketball as a Tool in order to pave ways towards educating young people, and further build facilities that may benefit youth in Africa.

 “You can become who you want if you just believe” – H.Ezenibe

SMU Recruitment Campaign Ambassador

November 1st, 2013.

Saint Mary’s University (SMU) Recrutment Campaign: played my role as a SMU Ambassador for future students. Worked with JourneyMan Film Industry and Trampoline Branding Canada in order to ensure that this project was a success. The University has a lot of resource that current and prospective future students can benefit from and I am fortunate to have been an ambassador and positive example for all.

Be Supported. Be Influential. Be Connected. Be Your Potential.

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http://www.smu.ca/future-students/byp-harry-ezenibe.html

Nigeria: AHIP & HarryCares

May 11th, 2013.

On my trip home, I visited Adolescent Health and Information Project (AHIP Nigeria) in the capital city of Abuja with one of the staff in order to show my support as a past Peer Health Educator and Outreach Department team member. It was a great feeling coming back and seeing good people/organization who were part of road to success.

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Photo: Visit to an Outdoor Basketball court and former organization AHIP in the capital city of Nigeria. Photo taken with friends and other youth, and the AHIP representative Kitua Okai. Abuja, Nigeria. May, 2013

In addition, I visited a basketball court and reconnected with old friends and other youth whom were also using basketball as a means of occupying themselves towards a more healthy part of life. It was a great feeling seeing past coaches and teammates and showing appreciation for the time they invested in contributing to who I am today.

“You can only understand your mistakes through the improvements you’ve made” – H. Ezenibe

Basketball as a Tool for Success

“HarryCares:” It all started in Nigeria. I wanted better for myself and realized that I really can achieve anything I set my mind to and completely devote myself to. These moments, as captured in this photo, are why I do what I do. Here, I am passing on some of the tools and advice that led me to creating my own brighter and better future. The challenges with these youth are countless however, they always found a way to smile.

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Above Photo: Emulating the Read to Achieve NBA Program

As a Peer Health Educator, I was part of a basketball Outreach Program with the Adolescent Health and Information Project (AHIP) in Nigeria from 2004-2009. My roles were as a mediator, a mentor, a leader and a peer health educator. I also participated in the Basketball 4 Peace program sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as an Ambassador for peace and conflict resolutionist in areas affected by religious conflicts and riots. In order for these positive experiences to be passed on to other youths, I developed “HarryCares” as a way to give back to the community and to the people who provided these opportunities which I continues to experience and benefit from.

SMU Huskies: Inspiring Athletes Panel

April 2nd, 2013.

INSPIRING ATHLETES PANEL: On a sunny Tuesday afternoon; four Student-Athletes (Including myself)  and two staffs of  Saint Mary’s University left for Dartmouth High for an Inspiring Athletes Event. This event started at 1:50pm and ran uptil 3:10pm. The Student-Athletes gave a brief orientation of what to expect in the University and also, possible ways of overcoming adversities or obstacles that are inevitable as Student-Athletes. After the brief presentation from the Saint Mary’s staffs and athletes, the panel was open for discussions. We posed questions to the students and they did the same. It was a very memorable event for us all as we shared our experiences by telling our personal stories to the students and staffs of Dartmouth High. I am fortunate to represent my family, friends and Saint Mary’s University as an inspiring leader and athlete at this event and I am appreciative of the continuous and lasting relationship I have developed with the Halifax and Dartmouth community.

SMU Huskies and the Prospect Bulls

November 20th, 2012

On Tuesday November 20th Head Coach Jonah Taussig , Kadeem Scott, Riley Halpin and I mentored Mini and Bantam Boys at the Home of the Prospect Bulls. It was a great opportunity for us all; being able share our experiences both as players and coaches, and also learning from these kids who came to work hard this evening. I am thankful of the opportunity and also appreciative for the time the parents of those kids gave in order to ensure that their kids benefit from us all. You can visit Prospect Road Basketball Association on http://www.prospectbasketball.ca/