Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Interview with The Section 357 Show - The Global Full Court Press



I had the great opportunity to speak to the awesome guys at The Section 357 Show, a podcast that just celebrated it's 4th year and 341st episode! Love how they called our interview The (Global) Full Court Press - think I may have to change the name of the blog!? Lol. We'll see.

On the show, I spoke about my sports experience in Ghana, Lebron going back to Cleveland, the state of playground basketball and more. As I have said in my previous post on my trip, it was certainly an eye... mind, body and soul-opening experience that changed my perspective on sports and how it can affect world change. The principles that I as a young woman learned from organized sports are still being used in my life today, nonetheless, I was not aware or maybe just not conscious that this opportunity was not as available to my young women counterparts across the globe.

Granted, there are some women that play basketball and are involved in sports in Ghana and beyond, nonetheless the amount of girls involved in sports in NYC is half that of young boys (via PowerPlay, NYC), so the numbers are even lower when it comes to countries that are still undergoing development.

I hope to contribute to women's sports globally very soon and have plans to in 2015 so stay tuned!

Check out the full episode of the show below and Follow The Section 357 Show on Twitter here.

Enjoy!

Mi
               


Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Incredible Pop Race

                  

Get ready for the race of year! Visit www.theincrediblepoprace.com for more details!

Pax,

Mia

Friday, August 1, 2014

My Trip Back Home - Ghana 2014




Post by Mia's Full Court Press

Akwaaba!

This is the word, meaning "Welcome" in Twi, we heard everywhere while my mom and I were in Ghana. I had an unforgettable time and look forward to returning sometime again soon!

I have finally had the opportunity to post photos where I basically tracked my whole trip. Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, please enjoy!

Since this is a sports blog where I do like to track my journey to changing the world, I have to share my ended up meeting Chris Bosh story.

First, if you have not yet been and have ever considered going to Ghana, do it. I loved the food, the people, the accents, hospitality, and style. I mean for the country where Kente cloth originated, I would not expect anything less!

I volunteered at BASICS International for two days and on the evening of the second day, went out with my mom. We were supposed to meet a friend. Our friend unfortunately got into a fender bender but still was trying to make it. As we were waiting we met reporters at the local TV station.

Granted, I love reporting and was wondering how I would be able to see how they report in Ghana while I was there, nonetheless, I just did not get the opportunity to do it yet. Well, the people we met preceded my plans and invited us to come to the studio on Sunday. They heard I worked in sports and said I should come to see Chris Bosh as he would be interviewed that morning and they would be there also.

Sunday morning that's exactly what happened. I had the opportunity to meet Chris Bosh as he was with NBA Africa to host clinics and attend camps with Ghanaian basketball teams, players and coaches. I also met NBA Africa executives and let them know about my community work with Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets. I certainly plan to stay in touch as I would love to literally change the world and make basketball more accessible around Ghana, Africa, and the world.

Keep dreaming and you will certainly attract exactly what you put your mind towards pursuing.

Pax,

Mia
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
Accra, Ghana



Monday, June 30, 2014

The Malik Elite!




Once again, I had the outstanding opportunity to watch Milani Malik work and write about it! 

I love her grind and hope to have her discipline of being a vegan sometime soon. Check out my story on SLAMonline.com below. The camp was an amazing experience for all who attended. The positive energy shut out all negativity and created an atmosphere that was ripe with community, passion, and power. 

Congrats to all the campers who made the cut and to Milani and her team on a phenomenal event! 

Checking out the First-Ever Milani Malik Elite Skills Basketball Clinic

Harlem, NY - The energy in Wadleigh High School’s Earl “The Goat” Manigault gym was amplified by the anticipation of the participants at the inaugural Milani Malik Elite Skills Basketball Clinic where young basketball players were given an exclusive experience that proved to be reflective of the court’s namesake—utterly unforgettable.
A Brooklyn native who came up playing throughout New York City and around the country to playing professionally in multiple countries overseas, Malik always had a heart to give back. Her entrepreneurial spirit could not let her idea stay on her mind for long, so this year; she decided to take action. Malik wanted to show appreciation for a select group of young ball players she knew who were elite amongst their peers or who may have been overlooked, but were highly skilled and had the passion, drive, and focus to become elite.
Read the rest of the story on slamonline.com here