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9th Annual Sports Festival – Manila

  • September 18th, 2016
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Our 9th annual High Five Hope Sports Festival in Manila had over 300 street children from a wide range of neighborhoods. We had teams from: Binondo / Divisoria; Luneta / Pier; Ermita / Kalw; Monumento / Blumentritt; Morayta / Lawton; and Pasay / NAIA. The teams played basketball, badminton, and volleyball and the entire tournament…


Character and Child Development

  • October 14th, 2012
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Having recently returned from the Philippines, planning our 2013 High Five Hope events in Davao, Cebu, and Manila, I was reflecting on a great book I read during my travels, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character.  The research and lessons in this book directly relate…


“One Body”

From a recent article about the origination of High Five Hope, we received tremendous positive responses from around the world.  The words of support were wonderful, and the stories we heard back were truly amazing and inspirational.  I’m going to share some of these stories – with approval from the…


Pacific Rims and Basketball in the Philippines

  • January 19th, 2012
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Many of you may not be familiar with the phenomenon of basketball in the Philippines.  You probably are at least a little curious as to why we have such a focus on basketball in our High Five Hope program in the Philippines.  One of the best ways to learn about…


The Christmas Village

I love the tradition of the Christmas Village.  Maybe it was the years of playing with Legos and Star Wars figures when I was little or maybe it’s because each ‘village’ is unique in its own way but they all evoke a common theme.  When I was in Cebu City…


Hold on Hope

I’ve had an incredibly productive week in the Philippines. This is my summary trip report.  We have our 2012 dates locked in Manila and Cebu and we also have initial plans to launch in Davao.  Our goal is to have 2012 be the year when we become ‘nation-wide’, running High Five…


Coach Hurley and Commitment

Coach Hurley and Commitment

  • November 30th, 2011
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I’m just finishing ‘The Miracle of St. Anthony’ and the incredible story of Bob Hurley’s life as a coach, leader and mentor for so many in his High School basketball program.   I expected to learn about his coaching style, the legacy of this program, and so on, but what really…


Let the future in…

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in  —Graham Greene I saw this quote while watching The Philosopher Kings on my flight to Hong Kong last night. In many ways this quote reflects what we are trying to do with High Five…