What a beautiful Saturday – a perfect day to be outside, in DC, playing basketball! Today was the 12th annual Hoops Dreams Charity Basketball Tournament and Community Festival.

To raise funds and celebrate the achivements of students, mentors, and supporters of the organization, this tournament helps students pursue their dreams of attending college as one supporter said, “as students, not as student athletes” because this is about kids getting a higher education because they WANT it.

Along with other “local celebrities” I played in the Celebrity exhibition game. Player #1, on the Red team, along with Mike Hines, Darryl Pounds, Miss DC Teen USA Jasmine Alexis, Councilman Jack Evans, and so many others… we WON! (Well, we beat the Blue Team, but it was a pretty creative game, and no fouls were called on either side…) Interestingly, I mainly guarded Miss DC USA Mercedes Lindsey. This was our first appearance together, and it’s about time! Both she and Jasmine were great!

Mayor Fenty came to show his support, along with other corporate sponsors, and even tourists visiting the District for the 1st time! The day continued with a 3-on-3 game tournament and other activities throughout the day.
Congratulations on another successful year to Susie Kay, tireless enthusiast and Founder of Hoop Dreams!