Youth

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/

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.

 

 

CTV Halifax: AUS Video Shoot

October 11th, 2012

I visited the YMCA this morning in order to demonstrate some basketball fundamentals to a youth and it turned out good. Great Video shoot this morning with a youth at the YMCA centre in collaboration with CTV, Atlantic University Sports and the HarryCares project – I’m appreciative of the opportunity given to me and the ability to share my experiences #HarryCares — at YMCA.

  Photo: At the YMCA with a youth in Halifax, NS, Canada

 Click on the link below in order to watch this commercial!

AUS LEADERS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNYSYEVp_FU

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.

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

 

 

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.

 

Kano, Nigeria 2009: IEC Materials

 

 

 

 

 

I regularly visit street basketball courts as a basketball outreach team member. I help in desseminating IEC Materials: Information, Education Communication materials to youths and spectators who come to watch basketball practice. These basketball courts are usually situated around communities that are prone to riots and religious conflicts. As ambassadors for peace, we use basketball as a tool to reach out to these people and also educate them to channel their energy towards sports and not violence.

Above left: Summer 2009, Kano, Nigeria; Emulating the Read to Achieve NBA Program.

Above right: Fellow Teammates who helped in making the outreach program an achievable cause.

“Channel your energy towards sports and not violence” – AHIP Nigeria