Healthy Hearts Fitness Campaign

February 14, 2017

Healthy-Hearts

WORKOUT WITH US for FREE!

In the spirit of Black History Month, Black Love, and Black Girl Magic.. Hoops & High Heels Incorporated is encouraging YOU to sign-up for our Healthy Hearts fitness boot camp on Saturday, February 11th.

Nearly 44% of African American men and 48% of African-American women have some form of cardiovascular disease that includes heart disease and stroke. So we are here to push you in the RIGHT direction!

We are spreading the LOVE this V-Day weekend. The first 15 people to sign up for our special “Valentine’s Day” Boot Camp get to workout with one of the BEST personal fitness trainers in the DMV for FREE!

 

The 2017 Legacy Ball: Celebrating Women in Sports

January 30, 2017

We enjoyed a special Ladies’ Night in Sports this year! Our inaugural charity ball took place this January, and it was a blast. From the Washington Redskinettes Cheerleaders to WKYS 93.9’s DJ Freeez – We had a great time! The Hoops & High Heels Team is proud to begin planning for our 2nd Annual Charity Gala, where we will be honoring women in sports, and raising money towards our cause for creating more opportunities in female athletics.  Our night was full of special moments and wonderful memories, so thank YOU for making this happen!

We would like to extend a special thank you to those who have pledged donations to this year’s programs & activities.  The money we raised will be used to support our organizations 2017 Student Programs & Activities Fund as we strive to represent our 5 core initiatives: youth sports development, business etiquette, academic excellence, college preparation, and community service.

Are you interested in Sponsoring our NEXT event?  Please send an email to hoopshighheelsinc@gmail.com, we would love to have you!

Click The Flyer Below To View Photos from The Legacy Ball 2017.

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She Got Game Classic

December 11, 2016

Hoops & High Heels had the amazing honor this weekend in covering the annual 2016 “SHE GOT GAME CLASSIC” where the Nation’s TOP high school basketball prospects compete in front of NCAA coaches & recruiters for an opportunity to play at a collegiate level.  Hoops & High Heels Media was there to cover it all.  Buzz surrounded a few ladies from the DMV area, as well as some athletes from other cities on the East Coast.  Review the below recap featuring excerpts from the seasoned women’s sports blog titled, “PASSTHABALL: Push. Lead. Focus. Grind”, and photos taken by our team.

Top 4 Performers & Accolades

Mykea Gray (5’6″) Point Guard:  Class of 2017, National Christian Academy (Fort Washington, Maryland)

IMG_1920Mykea Gray put on quite the show at this year’s She Got Game Classic tournament. Mykea is ranked 69th overall in the country in women’s basketball, and 14th for her position by ESPN.  She is strong, athletic, confident, and plays great defense.

Gray was also recognized as 1st Team All-Met (2016) in the Washington Post and the Gatorade Player of the Year for player of the year.  She will be playing at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida in the Fall of 2017.

Cayla King (5’10”) Point Guard: Class of 2019, Northwest Guilford High School (Greensboro, North Carolina)

“King carries a heavy load for her team. She protects the basketball, initiates the offense and is expected to scores a large portion of her team’s points. In her team’s loss to St. Frances of Maryland, she posted 20 points primarily looking to attack the basket. She also was her team’s assist leader. She is getting looks at the Division I Power 5 level and down.” – (via: passthaball.com)

Lindsey Pulliam (5’8″) Guard:  Class of 2017, Good Counsel High School (Olney, Maryland)

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Lindsey Pulliam has been described by ESPN as an agile guard with a smooth and consistent mid-range jumper on the court.  She also is unselfish in basketball and makes smart passes in transition.  Pulliam made 1st Team All-Met her senior year in 2016 and is ranked 17th in the country for her position.  She is committed to playing at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in the Fall of 2017. (Click the above photo to see her highlights!)

Selena Philoxy (6’1″) Power Forward:  Class of 2017, South Shore High School (Brooklyn, New York)

“Philoxy, a Seton Hall signee, was a big reason her team put a scare into national #1 (multiple polls) Paul VI High School of Virginia. Playing with a good motor and not intimidated by the opposition’s superior size, she posted 17 points scoring in the low post and hit the boards hard.” -(via: passthaball.com)

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Basketball Showcase

havoccity-eliteOctober 1, 2016

Hoops and High Heels Inc. held its inaugural Breast Cancer Awareness Charity Basketball Showcase. The event was held at Grace Brethren Christian School in Clinton, Maryland; and a special appearance was made by WNBA forward Tianna Hawkins of the Washington Mystics. The participants in the event were as follows: The Grace Brethren Christian School Varsity/Junior Varsity Boy’s Basketball Teams as well as a special alumni team, Havoc City Elite Women’s Basketball Program,  and a special team brought by Tianna Hawkins herself.

TiannaDuring this fun and exciting event, Tianna Hawkins of the Washington Mystics made one of our participant’s dream come true!  As the fan notices her all-time favorite player since she dominated at the University of Maryland College Park, she grabs our Founder – Shannon Bryant – to introduce her for a picture. Click here to check out the video.

 

All of the proceeds earned from the event went towards the ‘Passionately Pink Foundation’ by Susan G. Komen which raises awareness and action towards finding a cure for breast cancer. Hoops and High Heels looks forwards to holding many events of this nature for a variety of causes which impact people’s lives on all levels. And of course, this was another opportunity to highlight youth sports and promote a fun atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

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Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, and initiated this very successful event.  Contact us if you are interested in playing for our Breast Cancer event October 2017!  Catch all the latest event updates and information on our non-profit organization via hoopsandhighheels.com/  or on our Instagram page @hoopshighheelsinc.

 

“More Than Just An Athlete: Meet Ashlee Diamond”

August 9, 2016

Has there ever been a time in High School where you wish that you could skip the classes, and just show up for the basketball, soccer, volleyball, or softball games?  Are you so pumped or nervous about your performance that you cannot stay focused on the teacher’s lesson that day?  Trust me, I know the feeling.

Let me introduce you to Ashlee Tunstall, a young lady who certainly puts the Student in Student-Athlete.  Ashlee has always been a fairly quiet girl, but also a very smart one. I first met her during my Senior year of high school, she was a Freshman student who had just made the Varsity Girls’ Basketball Team.  Her priority has always been academics, but she became heavily involved in sports during her matriculation in high school and college.  While maintaining nothing less than a 3.5 GPA, Ashlee managed to be recognized as a Varsity All-Star athlete for her talent in Volleyball & Softball.  Although school and sports can be a challenging combination, it was nothing compared to what this future leader had on her plate. She decided to be proactive in achieving her education at the next level and began taking entry-level college courses as an upperclassman in high school.  If that wasn’t challenging enough, Ashlee also worked two part-time jobs as a server at Rita’s Italian Ice, and a Swimming Instructor & Lifeguard for Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) in Prince George’s County.

Currently, Ashlee is a sophomore Health Education student at Prince George’s Community College; and a Sports Management student at Bowie State University. Earning her place as a college athlete, she joined PGCC’s Track & Field team, the U.S. Army ROTC Military Science Program, and continues to serve as the Assistant Coach for the Varsity FullSizeRender (12)Girls’ Volleyball Team at her old high school. She is relentless in her journey working as a Pool Manager, Licensed Zumba Instructor, and a Swimming & Lifeguard Instructor to help pay her college tuition.  I am undoubtedly amazed by this young lady’s time management, leadership, and teamwork skills.  Her focus and determination to achieve her dreams of becoming a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army,after earning an Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree is truly admirable.  This Summer she will be in Ft. Knox, Kentucky for U.S. Army Military Training. Keep an eye out for Miss Ashlee Tunstall as she continues to impact our community and #BuildHerLegacy as a Student-Athlete in the DMV, and more importantly – as a Young Black Woman in 2016.

Follow Ashlee Diamond on IG: @volleybosschick

Trinity Basketball Camp

August 2, 2016

Coach Krystal’s Trinity Basketball Camp was an ultimate success last summer!  Our mentors were amazing in helping the girls with their basketball drills, giving them advice on how to improve their game, & even sharing some of her basketball history. This week, Shannon and Breana headed out to Potomac Valley high school to work with Coach Krystal and her team during the summer.  The girls got to learn more about Hoops & High Heels Incorporated, and develop their basketball IQ and physical skills during the week!  Follow PV Thunder on Instagram to keep up with their game.

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She Loves2 Hoop with Taylor Brown

July 28, 2016

taybrownHoops & High Heels Inc. had the pleasure of collaborating with Taylor Brown 31, LLC at their first Girls’ basketball training session!  The girls really enjoyed their gym time learning new basketball handles, shooting techniques, and fundamental drills on the court. Taylor also took the time to speak to the girls about her journey in middle and high school, and what strength she has in finding her passion for working with youth in the community.

tb-sessionTaylor is the founder and owner of Taylor Brown 31 LLC, which is a full service video production company, sports development, and clothing company. She also has a strong passion for basketball and played for George Mason University during her college career. “I started playing basketball when I was six years old and I was blessed with the opportunity to play basketball for a very long time. I have a strong passion for giving back to the community and providing opportunities for the youth to experience the same opportunities I did growing up which is why I decided to build a sports development program for the youth.”

Be on the lookout for more basketball camp events with Taylor Brown and her team!

Queens Of The Court 2016

On Saturday, July 16, Hoops & High Heels Inc. held its Inaugural event as a company: Queens of The Court. The festivities took place at Ball Unlmtd Gym in Forestville, Maryland. Consisting of exhibition games and a 3 point contest, this event was meant to be a relaxed, fun filled day focusing on solid competition and showcasing skill sets. Prizes were given to the Most Valuable Players for both the first place and runner-up teams. Our Thanks goes out to both the Maryland Lady Jayhawks and the Maryland Beltway Lady Cougars for their time and participation in the events; the players were extremely focused and displayed exceptional sportsmanship, which was a clear reflection of the professional coaches that helped prepare them for the events.

A special thank you goes to the parents of both teams, who came out and supported their teams from start to finish. All of those factors contributed to what was a very successful day for everyone involved. The first Hoops and High Heels Inc. event could not have been a success without all of you. Thank you to our event staff, including those who help set up and who were in charge of concessions, despite the very hot and humid weather, everyone was made as comfortable as possible. Last but not least, a thank you goes to Hoops & High Heels Inc. Founder Shannon Bryant, for organizing the event. As the brand goes forward, we hope to incorporate bigger and better events for local and national talent alike to showcase their talent and most importantly enjoying playing the sport they love. Make sure to contact us for more information on upcoming events and if you’re interested participating!