When we love, we always strive to become better than who we are. When we strive to become better than who we are, everything around us becomes better too. Hope is what makes us anticipate tomorrow, a better prospect and a brighter future. Reader, this is an account of persistence, love and most importantly of hope.
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate and to have it make an impact on your life; that you have lived and you have lived well. As young men and women who have strived to make a difference in the society through Interact, Hoop for Hope was a project which had a potential far greater than what met the eye.
As a kid growing up, I often wondered what my life would’ve been like if I had not been presented with the opportunities that I presently have. If I had not met the friends whom I have now and most importantly to have not had the experience to socialize and interact with the society. Today, Interact and other Non-Governmental Organizations help orphans who are not in a position to receive proper care, nourishment and shelter. What we, as the Interactors of Trinity College and Asian International School sought to give was the correct exposure to society, to present them with an opportunity to make new friends and to let them know that they are not alone.
Project Hoop for Hope speaks of the orphan children at two foster homes, one from Kandy and the other from Colombo, of children who don’t even have a shred of an idea on basketball. It also speaks of a group of teenagers, bound to serve something greater than themselves, travelling to those foster homes every week, teaching them the basic rules, training them to play one of the fastest games played on land, which culminates in both teams playing against each other in the limelight.
Project Hoop for Hope was initiated in the latter parts of the year of 2012, where the Interactors of Trinity College Kandy and Asian International School agreed on the rudiments of the project. The Initial Phase of the project was initiated along with the dawn of the New Year where the project saw its first meeting with the project committee on the 1st of February 2013.
Int. Naveed Saleem and Int. Adil Chatoor have taken over the reins of this project along with their respective committees to train, motivate and mould these children, to realize the better, brighter and beautiful side of their lives. The two teams, prepped up for gameday, look forward for what would be an event that would change their lives.
The tournament is to be held on Sunday the 24th of March at the Asian International School Basketball Court. Charity would not be the only facet of life which is planned to be entertained that evening. Exhibition matches, Fun Games for spectators, Food Stalls and much more would be made available to any and all who would walk through the gates of AIS this Sunday.
You and I share a common bond in serving something greater than ourselves. Be there on the 24th to support the cause.
Hoop for Hope
DATE: 24th March 2013
TIME: 3:30 PM
VENUE: Asian International School
Article Written by: Int. Clifford Issac from the Interact Club of Trinity College, Kandy.
Published 4 years ago by Int. Clifford Issac