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.
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.
Starting from the Month of December 2014 to the end of the NBA regular season in 2015 a deserving student from the Toronto District School Board and other communities surrounding the Greater Toronto Area will be given the opportunity to attend a selected Toronto Raptors NBA Game at the ACC in Toronto. The students will be selected my their respective teachers/instructors based on their hard work in the classroom and respective communities while exhibiting other leadership qualities as evaluated by their instructors.
The recipient, and their guest will have the opportunity to sit court-side during the Raptors Pre-Game Shoot-Around before heading to their respective seats. This Initiative is a start of a great cause to reach out to neighboring communities around Toronto.
“Your experience can never be taught to you, but you may share them with others.”– Harry Ezenibe
The First HarryCares Basketball Jamboree 2013 for Midget boys (Age 13-14) tips off 8pm tonight, Friday December 6th at the Brookside Junior High School (BJHS) and tomorrow at the Prospect Road Community Centre (PRCC) 8:45am-12:15pm. It feels good to have developed, and to be a part of a great cause in order to give these kids an opportunity to do what they love.
Special thanks to our proud Sponsors:
Halifax Rainmen Basketball (NBL Canada)
Snappy Tomato Pizzeria
Special thanks to our Community Supporters:
Thank you for being a part of our First HarryCares Basketball Jamboree! Nothing is by chance, it was all meant to be. #HarryCares
Photo: The 2013 HarryCares Basketball Jamboree Official Program
“You can become who you want if you just believe” – H. Ezenibe
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!
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.
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.
HARRYCARES moment: During the International Students’ Orientation Week.
Giving those positive vibes, as usual, to new students and paving ways for others… As an International Student-Athlete, I have many lessons learned that I pass on to others so that they can be prepared as they come to face similar lessons. #HarryCares words of the day: “Learn how to prioritize; if I can do it, you can, YES YOU CAN.” #OneUniversityOneWorld
Photo: Myself, sharing my experiences and advice at the SMU International Students’ Orientation Week.
I paid a visited to Harbour View Elementary School to support to Dylan Cooper, one of the kids that I worked with during the Autism Summer Camp in 2012, and congratulate him on his Grade 6 Graduation. I have continued to maintain a good relationship with Dylan, his brother; Brendon and his mother, Michelle. It was a great feeling reconnecting with them all!
Photo: Dylan Cooper and I during his Grade 6 graduation June 2013
I published a Peace Education Project that I did with Jerome Smith and Miguel Pink on Youtube. We research and conducted interviews all around Saint Mary’s University. The participants in this video are Student-athletes, Faculty/Athletic Deparment staffs and other students of Saint Mary’s University. All participants were fully informed about the purpose of this project in regards to our Peace Education class in 2011, it was ethical! The founder of Peace Schools International, Hetty Van Gurp was our instructor in this course (Peace Education). All participant agreed to be interviewed and were giving the option to opt out if they wanted to. We (Jerome Smith and I) wanted to know what other people thought about PEACE, what they understood, experienced and would do if they were in the position to make peace? PLEASE click on the link below and enjoy this fun project.
The audio quality of this video is slightly above 65%. However, the project was a great cause.
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.
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
“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.
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.