This past Saturday, the YMCA in Monrovia played host to an empowering event aimed at young women – Beyond Hoops – She Leads 2.0. This one-day program wasn’t just about basketball; it was about equipping high school girls with the tools they need to become leaders in all aspects of life.

The day kicked off with a series of workshops that tackled important topics relevant to young girls. Speakers addressed issues such as staying away from drugs (Say No To Drugs), mental health awareness, and feminine hygiene. Schools and girls’ basketball academies were invited to participate, ensuring a well-rounded group of attendees. Over sixty girls were in attendance.

Lights Out on the Court

Empowerment wasn’t the only thing on the agenda; the event also featured a thrilling 3×3 basketball tournament. Six teams battled it out on the court, with the Angels emerging victorious, taking home the gold medal. The Focus Girls proved their mettle by claiming second place, while the Wild Wolves secured the bronze.

A Back-to-Back MVP for Laurina Togba

A familiar face dominated the court – Laurina Togba of FMCA on Team Angels. Her impressive skills earned her the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for the second year running, a true testament to her talent and dedication.

Beyond the Basket: Building Leaders

Beyond Hoops – She Leads is driven by a powerful mission: to make a difference that extends far beyond the basketball court. The initiative’s Founder and CEO, Angel Buckle, addressed the attendees, emphasizing that the program is about more than just fostering athletic prowess. Her message was clear: Beyond Hoops – She Leads is about empowering young women to become future leaders who will shape society in positive ways.

This impactful event offered a winning combination – valuable life skills workshops and an exciting basketball tournament. It’s a recipe for success that Beyond Hoops – She Leads has perfected, leaving a lasting impact on the young women who participated.