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Hoop’N for Care, Hoop’ N 4 HIV
Jessica Li / Whitman-Walker Health Volunteer
Jessica Li / Whitman-Walker Health Volunteer

July 10, 2017

Two days after the late June rollout of the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act, the bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, I booked a three-hour bus from my college dorm in Central Jersey back to southeast Washington, DC. A day earlier, I had signed up for the first opportunity possible to volunteer for Whitman-Walker in hopes of channeling the little capacity in my grasp to make a difference. For me, making this trip to the 10th annual Hoop’N 4 HIV basketball tournament had an extra layer of significance – in these uncertain times, lending my hands for a couple hours, in recognition of National HIV Testing Day, was perhaps the only way of showing my love for a community that I profoundly cherish.

On the day of the tournament, I walked through the doors of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington feeling inspire. The energy and passion that inundated the gymnasium fused into a resounding reminder that vanquished any doubts of our collective will and power to preserve care for all.

Despite the sultry weather, the tournament saw no shortage of volunteers or supporters. I was greeted by two high school age girls wearing purple T-shirts from RealTalk DC, a Whitman-Walker program for and by teens dedicated to promoting sexual health, teaching job readiness skills and providing safe space for DC’s young people. They were part of the RealTalk program and invited me to sit with them at the welcoming desk stacked with informative pamphlets about prevalent STIs. To my pleasant surprise, these same two girls spoke to curious visitors with confidence and expertise surpassing that of some health professionals I’ve encountered. With tremendous detail, one described the diverse array of sexual health protections available to a passerby, reminding him to always stay mindful of prevention.

“We see what goes on around us – and we firmly believe that we can empower each other to change the status quo,” the girl said to me with earnest optimism. She and her peers had stood on the frontlines of combatting HIV as they posted prevention messages on social media, talked to neighbors, and diligently encouraged friends at school to get tested every couple months.

Inside the bustling gymnasium, eight teams across the metropolis exuded comradery as they vied for the trophy. Watching their inexhaustible vigor that brought their family and friends to line up for testing and counseling, I am once again, reassured of the strength and resilience of our community to put an end to HIV.

To sweeten the day even more, Whitman-Walker and the University of the District of Columbia’s 930 Campaign took home the charity game trophy!

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