There are many words that would be able to describe this after-school program. There have been ups and downs and lots of challenges and obstacles, but at the end of the day, it’s safe to say that each participant that was involved in HEARTcore, has been changed for the better. Whether it was bake sales, book drives, basketball tournaments, or several different awareness campaigns, the students were able to make a small difference in their school and community.
One successful event was run by the elementary school students. They had all collectively agreed on putting on a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for students in grades 6 to 8. They were also able to get 3 basketball donations to give away as prizes. The HEARTcore students all designed flyers and posters to put up and hand out to students and friends in the community and even accepted $5 registration fee from each team. The money raised would go towards project HEARTcore.
The event ended up gathering 12 players and about 10 students who watched as the tournament went on for 2 and a half hours. It was great to see a lot of kids in the community get together and do something they love to do- play basketball and hang out with their close friends. It was by far one of the most rewarding and successful events that HEARTcore had put on this year- not only because the community was able to get together, but also because it started off being a vision from a few kids. They were able to display persistence and leadership to its fullest.