October 20, 2015


After-School All-Stars’ “Camp Hoop Heroes” is back in Miami at the American Airlines Arena for its third year, March 23rd through the 27th

Nearly 100 Individuals Participate in Basketball-based Youth Leadership and Mentoring Program

Miami, FL (March 23, 2015) – After-School All-Stars South Florida (, part of the nation’s leading non-profit after-school program provider, will host its signature free week-long, intensive youth leadership and mentoring program called Camp Hoop Heroes (CHH). This camp serves as a remarkable opportunity for forty middle school girls and boys to interact and learn from the forty college-educated volunteer mentors, coaches and inspiring guests speakers. The goals of CHH are to provide these students with one-on-one time with caring mentors during their spring break while keeping them active and getting them excited for their future. The camp, now in its third year, is sponsored by the Miami Heat, Baptist Health, Fox Sports and Florida International University. It takes place inside the Heat’s practice courts at the American Airlines Arena from March 23rd to 27th.

ASAS is excited to announce Alonzo Mourning, former Heat player, and NBA Hall of Famer will serve as a special CHH guest speaker. Students will be receiving a copy of his book “Resilience” where Mourning says, “You can wait and hope, or you can make it happen.” Camp Hoop Heroes vows to help these children “make it happen” for themselves.

Daily basketball drills, leadership activities and career exploration fieldtrips, along with the inspiring words of guest speakers, will help the campers explore important leadership skills including: Vision, Discipline, Service, Teamwork and Resilience.

VP of External Relations for ASAS South Florida, Natalia Sol says, “The goal of After-School All-Stars, our sponsors and volunteers of Camp Hoop Heroes is to inspire our students by showing them the many exciting opportunities available to them in high school, college and beyond. We believe that through the experiential teaching power of sports and positive role models, they will develop as leaders and dare to dream big.”

2015 Camp Hoop Heroes Guest Speakers & Field Trips:

Monday (Vision), March 23rd:
Guest Speaker: The Miami Heat, Michael McCullough, Chief Marketing Officer
Career Exploration Fieldtrip: Miami Dolphins Practice Facility

Tuesday (Discipline), March 24th:
Guest Speaker: FoxSports Florida, Amber Tollefson, Sr. Promotions Producer & Editor
Career Exploration Fieldtrip: FIU, Althletic Department & FIU Tennis match

Wednesday (Service), March 25th:
Guest Speaker: Ed Garabedian, AVP at Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Doctors Hospital
Career Exploration Fieldtrip: Community service project at North Dade Middle School

Thursday (Teamwork), March 26th:
Guest Speaker: CBS4, Jim Berry, Television Sportscaster
Career Exploration Fieldtrip: Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Doctors Hospital

Friday (Resilience), March 27th:
Guest Speaker: Alonzo Mourning, Author, Philanthropist & Retired NBA Champion
Career Exploration Fieldtrip: American Airlines Arena and Miami Heat operations

For more information or to visit the camp, please contact VP of External Relations, Natalia Sol at or (305) 332-9090.

After-School All-Stars
Founded in 1992, After-School All-Stars (ASAS) is a leading national provider of year-round, school-based, comprehensive afterschool programs. The organization’s mission is to keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. Every school day, students in low-income communities have access to free programs that offer academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health and fitness activities. Nearly 90,000 children from 15 U.S. regions benefit: ASAS serves Atlanta, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, North Texas, Ohio, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, South Florida and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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