Thursday, October 21, 2010

You Stay Classy, Grassroot Project

Hey guys,

The Grassroot Project has been nominated for the Stay Classy Awards: DC!

Unlike Pepsi- this is actually something we can win! We have already gotten past the nomination round, the judging round, and are in the final round. There are only 4 other org's in our category, which is for best college organization. The prize is up to $25,000 in money, in-kind donations, and consulting services.

Unlike Pepsi, you only have to vote ONCE total and it is easy to do! Voting ends tomorrow, October 22nd at 9pm!

Please take 2 minutes out of your day to do this!

We're kind of a big deal...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

3rd Annual Grassroot Fest a success!

Last Saturday on October the 2nd, the Grassroots Hoyas put on their annual Grassroots Fest. The Fest is the annual fundraiser that spreads HIV/AIDS prevention awareness and raises money for the cause. This year the Fest focused on “Lose the Shoes” and hosted a 3v3 barefoot soccer tournament.

A month long campaign had pre-registered many teams. Excitement filled North Kehoe field as teammates furiously set up the tables and fields; thankfully helpers from all over, which included Georgetown and Howard worked together to finish last-minute details. Hungry competitors filled into the field ready to kick off their shoes. As the teams signed-in and received their wildly popular Hi-viz shirts, others nibbled on the delicious chips and salsa from Qdoba and the Georgetown Cupcakes.

Action commenced with a thanks and a reminder of the day’s goals. Teams broke up into smaller group for group play. This stage decided who would make the cut into the highly touted elimination round; only eight teams made the cut. After a quick regrouping to give out Team-up bands to the 8 teams, action commenced. The elimination rounds brought out a new sense of urgency in all 8 teams. They wanted the Tomb’s gift certificate. In the end there could only be one and the Falklands triumphed over all.
Overall the 3rd annual Grassroots Fest was a success. All the competitors had a great time, and most importantly we spread awareness. Everyone looks forward to the spring when Grassroots Fests brings the 5k run and more prizes.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hands up!

Last Friday we started out first program of the semester at Francis Stevens EC. The Grassroot Project curriculum has lots of fun ways to get kids' attention. Instead of yelling "quiet" or "shhh," instead Athlete Coaches have key words or phrases that get the kids to respond in unison. All the sudden, the room is silent, and we are ready to move onto the next activity. It really works wonders- try it sometime when you are in a big group!

One such mechanism is the “Lions and Tigers and Bears”. When the coaches yell this out, all the kids respond “Oh My!” Another favorite is to simply yell “Hands Up”. Normally, the kids all put both hands in the air.

Once again, the kids at Francis Stevens continue to surprise us! This time, when TSpence yelled “Hands Up,” the kids responded: “ AAAND THEY STAY THERE!”

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What would we do...

What would we do without Deidra aka Diva?!

Programs getting ready to ROLLOUT next week!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Latest Shout Outs: The Show Down

To round out our Athletes2coaches training last weekend, we had our bi-annual Shout Out competition, to see which group of athletes could come up with the coolest shout outs.

Let's give 'em a G-Root!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

3v3 Soccer Tournament: Grassroot Fest! October 2nd




Saturday October 2nd, 1-3pm at Kehoe Field

What more could you want?

Come help us support Grassroot Hoyas HIV/AIDS prevention programs in the DC area!

Form a team of three members, pay the entrance fee of $30 which includes awesome t-shirts with the above logo. We provide, Georgetown Cupcakes, Qdoba salsa bar, and more.

Even if you don’t play soccer come and help cheer for your friends!

contact with questions

To sign up and pay your registration fee online, click here! All proceeds go to run our programs.

Peace up, AIDS down!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Shoutout to Grassroots from Newest Bison: Doriean Broady aka Dora

Initially I joined Grassroots because I felt the need to join a volunteer organization as a Freshman at Howard University. But now that I have spent two weekends with this squad and am now an official member, I realize the coaches are more than just a volunteer organization. They do more than just teach kids about HIV/AIDS prevention; they are lifelong mentors and friends to the kids involved. I feel like I am helping out my community but also I am getting something out of this.

The first Saturday was the toughest because at the time I was the only Bison at the meeting but after we started the ice breaker my comfort level increased because I realized we are all here for a common goal: to make an impact in someone' s lives. All of the games we played have key messages behind them. The coaches emphasized to always go over the key messages in all the games, because that 's the main focus, and to also have fun with the kids. I believe the kids will enjoy the games we will have to offer and I look forward to going to my first school and meeting the kids. I am forever grateful to me a member of the Grassroot Project.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Big Daddy G: Programs Coordinator reflects on Athletes2Coaches training

The 2010-2011 school year is proving to be yet another great year for THE GRASSROOT PROJECT!! It seems that our current athlete coaches at Georgetown, Howard and George Washington have continued to spread the word about what a great opportunity we have to use our status as student athletes to educate D.C. youth about HIV/AIDS. Large representations of newcomers who are learning the curriculum and returning athletes who have volunteered their time to help out at training have the future of Grassroots looking bright!

It's been an awesome experience seeing our programs come together at the beginning of each semester and I'm always amazed at how willing student-athletes are to volunteer their precious time for a cause they know is greater than themselves. Being at training everyday and working with these amazing student-athletes from George Washington, Howard and Georgetown has been an inspiration!

- Greg

Thursday, September 16, 2010

From Maggie "GI" Girard: one of our newest Grassroot Hoyas!

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when everyone told me that Grassroots training is really fun. I mean, AIDS games?! Fun?! My own early AIDS education consisted of a video that basically repeated the mantras "DON'T HAVE SEX" and "DON'T MIX BLOOD TO BECOME BLOOD BROTHERS" over and over for 20 minutes (hooray for public schools in the 90s). But the first two days of training were a blast!

A lot of the activities were games that I played in elementary school, and it was really cool to see how they were turned into lessons not only about HIV and AIDS, but about balancing your life, standing up to peer pressure, and making good choices. Sending important messages in such a fun and interactive way makes me feel like a real role model that kids can like and respect, instead of making me seem like some random person sent into schools to terrorize children about STIs.

Also, as an athlete, I love meeting other athletes from different sports and different schools and seeing what kind of experiences we all share. My sport is such an important part of my life, and it's really powerful to be surrounded by people who are as dedicated as I am to their own teams and sports. It's pretty awesome that Grassroots recognizes how special athletes are and how much influence they can have on young students

Welcome to the Grassroot Project Blog!

Welcome to the Grassroot Project Blog! Throughout the year, we will have different athlete coaches, middle school youth, and guests posting about their involvement in the Grassroot Project.

We just finished the first weekend of the September 2010 Athletes2Coaches training. Our newest coaches come from 3 schools, 11 different sports, 20 different teams, and amount to SEVENTY awesome athletes and mentors!!

Check back to hear what it is like to be a new Grassroot Hoya from Maggie "GI" Girard, a member of the women's lightweight rowing team at Georgetown!

To learn about our Team Up program and our youth both in South Africa and DC, make sure to stay updated with the Team Up Blog!