One of the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Players Kevin Durant stopped by the District of Columbia Housing Authority's Seventh Annual Sports and Learning Event and surprised the participating youth during the championship basketball games.

This year DCHA partnered with Team Durant AAU, led by Wayne Pratt, to lead the basketball component of the tournament which took place over three days -- August 5, 12, and 13.

What started six years ago as a small event just for children of families participating in DCHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program to use baskeball as a hook to teach children life skills, like how to tie a tie, has expanded to an annual event comprising hundreds of youth, public and private partners conducting life skills workshops, celebrity appearances, and a platform to allow local NFL and NBA stars to give back. The Sports and Learning Event welcomes children of DCHA assisted households between the ages of 7 and 14. The star-studded event requires all youth to attend workshops that teaches them how to dress for success, deal with bullying, sportsmanship, and more. This year the focus was on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) and included a workshop on computer coding from KANO and dcConnectHome,  .

"Each year we partner with more and more organizations to bring exciting sports and educational activities for our youth," said HCVP Director Ronald McCoy. "We recogized that simply helping a family get place of their own wasn't enough. We not only support our families with enabling them to live in affordable housing, but also must continue to create avenues such as this tournament designed to arm our youth with the valuable life lessons necessary to become our future leaders"

The workshops and basketball scrimmages began at the community building in Capitol Riverfront on August 5. Athletic clinics continued on August 12 at Trinity University. D.C. SCORES ran the soccer clinics, while Washington Redskins Lou Young and his organization, Hopefinders, conducted a workshop and ran the flag football clinic and game. The youth had the opportunity to participate in tennis clinics and cheerleading, too. Members of the Washington Wizards Cheerleaders gave the cheerleaders some pointers. The four top teams of the basketball tournament at Trinity got to play their championship games on August 13 at the Verizon Center. 

Registered children who attended all of the events received a deluxe backpack filled with school supplies.



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