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



Saturday, June 21, 2014

New Video

                      
                                             Mia Hall (Reel) Editing and Video by Michael Hall on Vimeo.

Recently, I have had a goal to speak more.

Very thankful for the opportunities that I have had to speak and share my story thus far. I aim to continue inspiring others. Hope you like the new video!

Pax,

Mi

Friday, May 30, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou

                               

I am so blessed to have a woman like Dr. Angelou live during my lifetime. Though I only saw her once at Christian Cultural Center, Still I Rise, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and many of her works have inspired me to keep writing and write well. 

What a triumphant example of how to take your pain and turn it into power. Dr. Maya will always be legendary and her legacy will live on for generations. 

#Mayataughtme: 
  1. To love myself therefore allowing others to love me
  2. It's OK to seclude yourself from the world and focus on a task (as she did for many of her works
  3. I need not be cowardly, but consistently courageous. I am a child of God
My friend Gabby shared a poem that I never read before, but it is definitely being added to my favorites. 

May you live each day to be remembered. 

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... by Maya Angelou

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a youth she’s content to leave behind….