Hats Off to Susie Kay and the Hoop Dreams Team
In June 1996, then a 12th grade government teacher, Susie Kay was teaching at H.D. Woodson High School in Southeast, DC where she organized a day long 3-on-3 basketball tournament with hopes of raising money to provide small scholarships for several of her students attending college in the fall. That day she raised $3,000 and awarded several scholarships. That single event grew into the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit organization that operates year round providing comprehensive programs including intense college readiness mentoring, SAT prep, internships and academic scholarships. Since 1996 the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund has awarded over $3 million dollars in academic college scholarships to deserving DC Public School students from Wards 7 and 8. Most Hoop Dreams scholars are the first in their family to attend college.
In a city where less than half of all DC students that enter 9th grade successfully graduate from high school – let alone attend college – the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund is making a tremendous difference to the lives of the students and the local members of the business community that act as mentors and consultants to their programs.
As high school graduations across Washington continue over the next few days tip your hats and caps to Hoop Dreams as they celebrate their 1,000th student that will complete their program and enter college this fall. Visit their website to learn how you can get involved by donating your time or treasure.