November 21st, 2014 | Uncategorized
Many of the Ehoopers (especially the Rathfern girls) came dressed to impress. We are used to seeing each other in athletic gear, so it was a nice change of pace. The 2nd Annual Celebration for Community Achievement was an opportunity for Ulster University to celebrate the work of their community partners, and more importantly the work of the individuals involved.
The community members in these programs have been gaining education and new skills to better prepare themselves for future employment.
At Sport Changes Life, our mission is to raise the aspirations of young people, and it was amazing to see all the Ehoopers walk across the stage. This was a first step for many, but it was a big one.
Each one of them grew and developed as an individual throughout the program. Many now have found work, or have at least built a foundation and network that will help them gain work.
I was informed that evening that one of the West Belfast lads had been awarded “Best of Belfast” for his work within the community. He now works as a sports mentor and a role model for many of his peers. He was nominated by PSNI officers, despite coming from a community where there is great tension between PSNI and the residents, especially the youth.
It was a fantastic night and an amazing reminder of the impact we can have on the lives of these young people who have been faced with great adversity. It is incredible that they find the courage and time each week to come to Ehoops to improve themselves, as well as their communities.
Victory Scholar: Ryan Ansel
Sport League: Atlantic 10
Present University: University of Ulster
Alma Mater: Davidson University