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Senator Barack Obama at the 8th Annual Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund Congressional Reception on May 22, 2006 at The United States Capitol.

"The future promise of any nation can best be measured by the present
prospects of its youth."
-- John F. Kennedy

"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul 
generated by love."     
--  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Click here to read what Washington Capitals Owner and HDSF supporter Ted Leonsis has to say about the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund.

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Click here to download the HDSF Marketing Packet.


View our HDSF Video.


Click here to see November 2006 HDSF interview with Tony Hill on Comcast NEWSMAKERS.


Click here to check out the article by Melanie Kaplan, "For 'Hoop Dreams' scholars, quitting is the only unavailable option" in the November 16, 2006 edition of the Christian Science Monitor.


Click here to view the ABC NewsNow "All Together Now" segment about HDSF that aired nationwide on October 10, 2006.


Read about HDSF in the September issue of Smart CEO.


Click here to view a highlight video of our 11th Annual HDSF 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament and Community Festival.


Click here to see a special 12 minute HDSF Congressional Reception video.


Click here to see our recent interview with Tony Hill on Comcast Local Edition.


Click here to read about Arthur Agee and  "Hoop Dreams" the documentary.


Check out these TV news video segments from past years about HDSF:

Comcast - Fox - CNN - Nightline - NBC4.


Click here to read about HDSF in the May 25th issue of Executive Biz.


Click here to see Comcast highlights of  the May 11th HDSF Congressional Reception.


HDSF 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and Community Festival in the News
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Washington Examiner
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WUSA Channel 9
NEWS Channel 8
NEWS Channel 8 Glen Harris


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Special thanks to all our funders, supporters, and friends for your continued dedication and assistance in helping Hoop Dreams "Empower the Pursuit of Dreams." Check out our highlights from our 10th Anniversary Gala in 2007. Thank you to the team at Gearshift Productions for their fantastic editing and video production!

Unlike traditional mentorship, our Empowerment Program benefits both student and adult. During the beginning of each school year we pair about 80 teenagers with college-educated mentors. These adults help guide them through the sometimes overwhelming college application process.

Adonal Foyle of the Golden State Warriors, Susie Kay and Lawrence Moten of the Maryland Nighthawks at the 11th Annual Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and Community Festival

The work HDSF does with our students does not end after they graduate from high school. We continue to remain a presence in the lives of our students as they enter college, the workforce and beyond.




Special video produced by Don Napolean and Jim Folliard of GEARSHIFT for HDSF's 10th year anniversary gala in Feb, 2007.
Special thanks to Jim and Don at GearShift.
After two decades and millions of hours by thousands of people that impacted the lives of over one thousand DC high school students, the story needed to be told. Thanks to the efforts of two passionate writers, Hayley Kamin-Flack and Debra Smyers, a legacy publication provides a heart-felt account of the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund and its Founder, Susie Kay.

Click here to read the story.
New mailing address
Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund
455 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 150-146
Washington, DC 20001
Attn: All 2009 HDSF initial and renewal scholarship recipients - Scholarship Award Update. 
Please click here for a message from Theo Brannum.

Thank you for helping to turn a dream into a reality

On behalf of The Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund I would like to thank you for helping to make our closing gathering a special affair. Together we celebrated the legacy of Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund through the closing ceremony "We Dared to Dream," which was held at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. on Thursday, October 1, 2009. The night was made special because of your generosity. While we're saddened, and disappointed, to end this great organization, we're also determined to ensure that the spirit of Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund lives on.

Please click here for a special musical video in celebration of Hoop Dreams that was produced by HDSF supporter and friend Cyrus Zolghadri. And please click here for a special tribute to Hoop Dreams that was produced by Gearshift. Hoop Dreams was built on a vision of uniting and strengthening our community while building bridges of understanding between diverse individuals across the Washington Metropolitan area. We remain deeply inspired by the students and volunteers we were fortunate to work with. Because of your tremendous support throughout the years we were able to help 1,000 Washington, D.C. high school students through a combination of mentoring, professional internships, SAT preparation and college scholarships.

Your participation in Hoop Dreams is living proof that you care deeply about supporting the dreams of inner-city D.C. public high school students to achieve their goals of earning a college education, a successful career, and a brighter future. Through your kindness and commitment we were able to assist local students, who are determined to make it into college!

Your support of our organization has truly helped us change the lives of hundreds of students in the District of Columbia and thousands of volunteers who made this dream a reality.

We are very pleased that two outstanding organizations have been named to be the recipients of the assets of Hoop Dreams, and have agreed, in their own unique way, to continue the "legacy" of Hoop Dreams by establishing funds within their respective organizations.

DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) will continue granting scholarships into the future through the Hoop Dreams Legacy Fund. They will also administer the remaining scholarships, which were originally awarded by Hoop Dreams.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) will establish the Susie Kay Legacy Fund to provide for academic and career support for the very same population that Hoop Dreams served from 1996 to 2009.

If you would like to contribute to either of these two legacy funds please send a check, made payable to Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund, to 800 K Street, NW, Suite 1100 South, Washington, D.C. 20001 until Nov 1, 2009. After that date please check our website for information on how to send donations directly to UNCF or DC CAP. Please indicate in the memo field to which legacy fund you'd like your donation applied. Again, many thanks!

Warmest regards,

Susie Kay
Founder & President


Real dreams. Dreams of a better education, an enriched life, and a stronger community. Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund (HDSF) recognized a need to ensure students, who have worked hard amidst social, economic, and racial disparities, get the opportunity to excel in college and in the workforce. Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund works to create relationships, build networks and provide resources that:

empower and support underserved DC public high school students and HDSF alumni to find their best pathways to post-secondary education, a career and an enriched life;


build bridges of understanding and collaboration between diverse communities in the metropolitan Washington DC region; and


promote an on-going commitment to community responsibility and a lasting spirit among students, volunteers, supporters, and all involved.

Since 1996, HDSF has helped nearly 1,000 students to college through the combination of our year-long college & career prep programs and the awarding of over 1,805 new and renewal academic college scholarships. HDSF works to empower DC public high school youth, so they can find their best pathways to college, career, and life success. Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund offers students a unique opportunity to develop relationships with local professionals, receive academic scholarships, build networks, and access resources that will help enrich lives. Most of these students are the first in their family to attend college and come from very challenging social and economic circumstances. But more than "getting kids into college" - HDSF prepares students for life. Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund is about Building Bridges of Success while Empowering the Pursuit of Dreams.

Senator John Kerry at the 8th Annual Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund Congressional Reception on May 11th in The United States Capitol Building.

HDSF would like to congratulate our friend and supporter Mr. Ebong Eka for the successful launch of his new fashion clothing line, Mi Chiamo Eka. On August 25, 2008, Mi Chiamo Eka made its fashion debut on the runway at K Street Lounge. A portion of the proceeds from Mr. Eka's clothing launch fundraiser benefited HDSF. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our dear friend Ebong and his new line!. And thank you for supporting the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund.

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Please click here to make a donation directly to DCCAP for the Hoop Dreams Legacy Fund.

Please click here to learn how you can continue to support students from Washington D.C. High Schools.

Hoop Dreams has been the subject of many media interviews recently. Click the logos below to view or listen.

Please click here to view HDSF's special closing event on October 1, 2009.


Click here to visit the new Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund page on facebook.

Click here to visit HDSFtv on YouTube. Watch our Mentoring Workshop video.

Senator John McCain at the 8th Annual Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund Congressional Reception on May 22, 2006. The event was held inside the Mansfield Room of The United States Capitol.

Top Sponsors

(HDSF Founding Sponsor)
Government of the
District of Columbia
The Coca-Cola Company
Campus Direct
Comcast Cable
DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation
Fight For Children
Freddie Mac Foundation
Friedman Billings Ramsey
Emanuel J. Friedman
Global Giving
Hogan and Hartson LLP
The Leonsis Foundation
Bruce & Karen Levenson
McGettigan Foundation
The Princeton Review
Paul and Virginia Singh Foundation
Susie's Silent Friends

Councilman Jack Evans presented HDSF with a $500,000 grant from the Government of the District of Columbia to support programs  and scholarships. Pictured above are HDSF students and mentors, with Susie Kay, Cynthia Dinkins, and Councilman Jack Evans.

Additional Sponsors

Eric and Marianne Billings Foundation
The Herb Block Foundation
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Capital One

Choice Hotels International Foundation

Citigroup Foundation

Capital Alumni Network (CAN)

Cvent, Inc.

Demetri Diavatis

The Samuel R. Dweck Foundation

DWG, Doing Well & Good

The Mark David Ein Foundation

Ernst & Young

Raul J. Fernandez

Ann and Tom Friedman

Philip L. Graham Fund

CBS Radio

KPMG, LLP/KPMG Washington Foundation

Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP

Phyllis McClure

The Morningstar Foundation
Edwin and Penelope Peskowitz


The Sallie Mae Fund

United Way of the National Capital Area/United Way Community Service Fund

Tien and Beverly Wong Foundation

Susie Kay and Ted Leonsis at the Executive Leaders Series breakfast on May 31st, presented by ExecutiveBiz.

HDSF has helped send over 800 DC public high school students to college since 1996. This week HDSF awarded academic college scholarships at graduation ceremonies at its five partner DC schools. Pictured here are some of the HDSF students, their mentors and members of the HDSF staff at HD Woodson graduation the week of June 12, 2006.


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