The first-ever "Tri-City Top 40" camp for underclassmen players, put on by former GRCI star and professional basketball player Imad Qahwash. As evidenced by the name, the camp featured 40 of the top underclassmen players in the CWOSSA region in Ontario, Canada. The cities include: Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Brantford and Cambridge. This camp is an annual event, which will be held after every season. This camp has been a big-time success and is now here for years to come, providing our elite basketball youth with an opportunity to be evaluated by recruiting services and enter the national highschool rankings in Canada.
Imad volunteered in WE DAY, which believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. This is a charity and educational partner that empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. He was fortunate enough to listen to guest speaker Magic Johnson speak, who is a great social activist and NBA legend.
We Day is a way for young people to come together and celebrate their power to change the world, learn about new issues, and gain the motivation to take action. It creates a community of young activists who know they are not alone in their journey to make a difference.
Mr. Qahwash has been involved with many community service and volunteer programs in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region in Canada. He was a recipient of the 2006 Kitchener Youth of the Year Award by the Kitchener Youth Action Council for his achievements and work in the community.
Mr. Qahwash was also a part and volunteer as a mentor for the COPS program, which reached out to many youth in the Kitchener community. The “COPS” program stands for Chicopee Outreach Program and started in 1998 as a summer program with the goal of building positive, trusting relationships between youth and emergency service providers while developing a stronger sense of community and having fun.
Mr. Qahwash, a UCA student-athlete, also helped in raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All funds were raised at the annual pancake breakfast to support this organization.
UCA administrators and student-athletes took orders, cooked, served and cleaned up during the event, held each year at Stoby’s Restaurant in Conway, Arkansas.
Imad also participated in the Relay for Life marathon on campus at the University of Central Arkansas in Estes Stadium. Relay for Life is an overnight event in which teams of students, faculty, and staff will join together in the fight against cancer. Relay for Life celebrates the lives of those who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and empowers us to fight back against the disease.
Imad has taken part in helping first and third graders in the Sally Cone After School Program, which dealt with problem solving skills, basketball drills, teamwork, responsibility and having a positive attitude in trying new things through basketball. He helped these kids realize their potential to take on new challenges and helped out fellow peers, while having a good time doing it.
He definitely appreciated the time he had helping these kids with the Central Arkansas basketball coaching staff. In Imad’s words, “It was really good to help out these kids in an after school program because I was one of those kids who really wanted to do something after school especially if it dealt with basketball. It was really inspirational to have these kids look at you as a role model and I appreciated it very much.”
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