Despite the rain, over 100 students from the DC area participated in a kick-off event for the 19th Annual International AIDS Conference at Bell Multicultural High School, Youth Score 2012. Read more
In Washington, D.C., where 1 in 20 people live with HIV, college athletes use sports to teach kids how to stop the spread of the disease. Shilpi Gupta reports.
In a classroom at Walker Jones Educational Center, four Howard track athletes, a George Washington soccer player and a former all-American sprinter from Georgetown push tiny desks and chairs against the walls to create a playground for the afternoon’s game.
It’s called HIV Attacks!
And it starts with 12-year-old Natia Bland, who has volunteered to play the Human, standing in the center of a circle surrounded by nine middle-school classmates who pick whatever Germ or Disease they want to be. Continue Reading
March Madness may have already come and gone, but there is still an opportunity to cheer on (and support!) several student athletes who’ve teamed up for an important cause.
Tyler Spencer, a former athlete on the Georgetown University rowing team, created Grassroot Project, an HIV/AIDS education and awareness program targeted to D.C. area youth. Rather than a traditional classroom setting, Spencer, who was a college student at the time, gathered his fellow athletes and took the course to the field where through a unique game dodge ball, their participants learn about the disease. The goal? To provide kids with the tools and information they need to protect them from HIV, which affects 1 in 20 D.C. area residents.
So, what inspired sports as the basis for the program? Continue Reading