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 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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.