RENE G. HALEY INITIATIVE
1ST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
Our sincerest thank you from the Rene G. Haley Initiative for your participation and support at our first annual awards program and reception. In just three months from inception (December 2021), we raised over $50K to support three deserving nonprofit organizations that provide services through sports programs for youth and young adults. The room was filled with love, excitement and gratitude as we awarded $7500 each to, The Prather Foundation, New World Sports Club, and Theresa Banks Swim Club
We look forward to our next event and to gifting more funds to deserving organizations to support the young people in our communities. Thank you for your continued donations; let’s keep it going in the name of Rene G. Haley, a sportsman, a friend, and a loving son.
Photography by Thomas Mobley Studios
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
Video produced by Ashley "Solo" Martin
RENE G. HALEY BASKETBALL CHALLENGE
The Rene G. Haley Initiative advisory committee organized backpacks and school supplies for the first RGHI give back event, Saturday, August 27th in District Height, Maryland, Athletic Republic Training Center. One of our grant awardees, New World Basketball faced RGHI's "The Village" basketball team in an exciting challenge game. In the end, the game was close but young’ins of New World were victorious of the “old heads”, The Village. See you next year New World.
THERESA BANKS HOME SWIM MEET
The mission of Theresa Banks Swim Club (TBSC) is to provide youths, between the ages of 5 and 18, the opportunity to participate in age group competitive swimming, to develop advanced swimming skills, to excel in a sport, to meet new people, and have a lot of fun. TBSC emphasizes a team concept where swimmers of every ability level can benefit from the social and mental conditioning, responsibility, and self-discipline.
TBSC is recognized throughout the Glenarden community and Prince George's County as one of the most outstanding swim clubs in the metropolitan area. Rene was a member of the TBSC Sharks from five to 17 years old.
The RGHI advisory committee cheered on the TBSC and took the mic to tell members, coaches, and parents about the RGHI Mission. Theresa Banks is also one of the grant awardees from 2022. Thank you RGHI advisory committee; they showed up to support the team and looked great doing it!
THE VILLAGE WATTS SUMMER BASKETBALL LEAGUE
The primary purpose of the Watts Summer Basketball League is to offer adults (18+) an opportunity to participate and enjoy a recreational sport, basketball and experience it in a healthy competitive environment.
The emphasis is on participation, character development, good sportsmanship, and competitive fun.
Special thanks to Nate Goldsmith and Lance Ross for forming a basketball team made up of Rene's peers to compete this past summer. Check out The Village!
CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE
This past December, the Rene G. Haley Initiative celebrated one year of accomplishments in honor of Rene Haley. In the spirit of the holiday season, we asked guests to bring a new toy donation for children aged 6-12, and they really showed up and showed out. Our contribution of over 150 toys was presented to the Boys and Girls Club of Prince George's County. The RGHI also debuted its first merchandise order, long sleeve and short sleeve graphic t-shirts designed by Brenden Bazilio. We thank all those who attended and continue to support the RGHI.
Thank you again for making this another meaningful and successful event.
Please click the following link to view and download images from the celebration.
THE HUDDLE... A SIDELINE CHAT
The Rene G. Haley Initiative invited the Haley Village to an exclusive speaking engagement with a leader in our community, a friend and donor, Willie K Goode.
Mr. Goode is the President and CEO of the GCI/Goode Companies, Inc., one of the Mid-Atlantic region's largest privately held waste management and transportation companies. In 1991, Willie decided to lease a truck and start his own business; one truck, a belief in self, a spirit of entrepreneurship, and a strong vision, GCI/Goode Companies, Inc. was established. Today, the company has over 170 trucks serving 125,000 residents and 11,000 commercial customer stops supported by 350 employees.
Mr. Goode gave the group an up close and personal tour of his headquarters here in Prince George’s County, as well as tips and words to live by as an entrepreneur. Below, we have included a few takeaways from “The Huddle”…a sideline chat, with Willie K. Goode. Stay tuned for more programs sponsored by RGHI.