Basketball Clinics Educate Young People In Zimbabwe About HIV/AIDS

Top Quote VolunTEEN Nation is distributing international service project grants to students throughout the nation. University of Chapel-Hill sophomore Taylor Sharp just received a grant to provide educational life skills basketball clinics to young people in Harare, Zimbabwe. End Quote
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) July 29, 2013 - Student Obtains a Grant from VolunTEEN Nation to Organize Basketball Clinics

    Through a grant from VolunTEEN Nation, University of Chapel-Hill sophomore Taylor Sharp is providing two life skills basketball clinics in Harare, Zimbabwe. During the clinics, Sharp organizes creative education games for young people under age 16 years old to stress the importance of HIV/AIDS awareness, anti-bullying, substance abuse, self-confidence, and conflict management.

    "This education is truly invaluable to the future of the children this project serves to educate. Without it, these children could face many challenges," Sharp said.

    Sharp is spending his summer volunteering internationally with the Hoops 4 Hope organization. This program uses basketball as a vehicle to provide essential life skills to children in impoverished communities.

    "More than 90% of children that attend a clinic stay engaged in the program, truly showing the impact Hoops 4 Hope makes," Sharp said.

    After the educational basketball activities, Sharp meets with the group of teenagers to discuss how the skills identified throughout the program translate to life.

    "Even when I return from volunteering abroad, the education discussed during the clinics will assist project participants as they grow from young, smiling children into healthy, safe adults," Sharp said. That same education will be passed onto friends, siblings, and generations to come."

    To find out more about Hoops 4 Hope and the ways you can get involved visit their site today!

    VolunTEEN Nation recognizes students across the country for their leadership, achievement, and community involvement. The goal of is to provide a way for every teenager to give back to the community through: the virtual and on-site opportunities database; a mini-grants program; the large-scale service projects; and volunteer fairs. More than 6,500 volunteer opportunities are listed on the site and more than 17,500 youth have found opportunities since the organization's establishment.

    If you'd like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with the involved parties, please email simone ( @ ) volunTEENnation dot org. Go to VolunTEEN to apply for an international service project grant or to stay updated on Taylor Sharp's project!

    Contact: Simone Bernstein
    Tel.: 314-503-5853
    Email: simone ( @ ) volunTEENnation dot org

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