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.
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
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.
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 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.