This is Reel Hayes and I was born and raised on the Westside of Chicago. I graduated from Providence St. Mel High School and attended Northern Illinois University where I received a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. After graduating from Northern I received a Master Degree in Education from National Louis University. While pursuing a Master’s Degree, I spent two years researching an in-depth study of Chicago’s athletic sports events (mainly baseball & basketball).
The children were primarily boys, four to thirteen years of age. I observed over 200 hours of games, practices, Board of Directors, and general coaches meetings and I talked with parents and the players. I came to the conclusion that sports can be more enjoyable to children if their parents, peers and coaches are sensitive to the child’s needs and particpate in the strategies of the activities to educate the child.
I have been employed at the United State Postal Service for over 25 years. I
am the coordinator of the Post Office Basketball League which is a supporter
of the Fundamental Educational Basketball Camps. It is my belief that in this decade, athletic participation has decreased in grade schools and high school
due to financial cut backs. God placed it in my heart and mind how we can
give back to the children in the community. With this said, I organized UMOJA MENTORING & EDUCATIONAL BASKETBALL CAMP. Our goals are to provide inner city children with after-school, weekends and mainly summer activities to aid in positive character development. With the helping hand of my postal family and friends we decided to organize FREE summer Mentoring basketball camps for the less fortunate Chicago children. Children should bring 1000 lumen flashlight when take part in our camps.