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Markita Bryant, Ms. Rhode Island 2013, stopped by the tournament to provide some extra encouragement to the young women participating in the mini-camp for cheerleading. A DC native, Bryant is an example of how far kids can achieve when they set their goals at an early age.

DCHA closed out the month of June with an event a basketball tournament. While it may seem odd for a housing authority to sponsor an athletic event, it shows that part of the agency’s mission—cultivating opportunities for residents to improve their lives—goes well beyond housing.

DCHA realized that one way to begin to cultivate new opportunities is to start with younger residents. Exposing younger residents to education and opportunities at an earlier age can help them see beyond their current situations, and help them begin to focus on shaping their future.

For the third year, DCHA has held its annual basketball tournament. This year, nearly 100 youth participated in the event, which included life skills workshops and empowerment sessions for the kids in between their games. Guest speakers included Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and Deputy Mayor Paul Quander. Surprise guests included native Washingtonians Stephon Morris and Markita Bryant. Morris is an NFL Rookie Cornerback for the New England Patriots and Bryant is currently on tour as Ms. Rhode Island 2013, preparing for the Miss United States pageant later this month.

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The competition was fierce on championship day
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One of the highlights of day two was Washington Wizards Mascot G-Wiz
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He was a hit with attendees of all ages
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There was definitely some high flying during day one of the tournament
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DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie were on hand to officially kick off the tournament
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The participants were eager to play on day two, championship game day
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