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The District of Columbia Housing Authority, along with its community partners hosted its eighth annual Sports and Learning event which included a full day of STEAM activities and culminate with its annual basketball tournament for DCHA youth.

The event, held on August 18 and 19 at the community building in Capitol Riverfront, was a mix of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics), personal development workshops, and an annual basketball tournament. The event was covered by WUSA 9 and can be seen here.

“The looks on the kids’ faces when they understand that, first, ‘I have to go to school and learn these things’. And then for them to come back the next day, after the workshops, they don’t want to go play the sport. That’s how you know you are reaching them,” said Ronald McCoy, Director of DCHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program.

This Beyond the Voucher initiative, like previous years, offered workshops specifically for girls and boys to be inspired and to consider careers outside of sports.

Chris Miles from NBC spoke to the youth about pursuing a journalism career. The Little Medical School staff demonstrated how to use a stethoscope and engaged the youth about the field of medicine. A girls-only session helped them code a drone to operate and fly with volunteers from AspireIT. Radio-controlled race cars were built and discussed with members from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, among other science projects.

Additionally, community partners, such as Omega Psi Phi and Dolls and Dreams worked with the youth and taught them how to tie a tie and create art, respectively. HopeFinders led workshops on being good students. There were dance and photography workshops, as well. A full book fair was also onsite offering books to all school-aged students.  

And, finally, over 200 backpacks were distributed thanks to a generous donation from one of our partners. 

 

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