My name is Stephania (ig: @stephaniae). Today, with the help of my friends, I brought my hoop around Philly to try to bring our city together. I’ve done this in the past and I’ve seen how it unites people and how much positivity it spreads so I wanted to try to do it now to spread love during these times the one way I know how, through basketball. I am a strong believer in sports uniting everyone and I thought it was worth trying. However, I also wanted to make sure that we weren’t distracting from the main cause, but instead highlighting why love is important and why we should love each other and build each other up as a whole community, and show a positive side of what the protests are all about, they are so much more than just looting and rioting like we’ve been seeing, it’s about people coming together to work together to do what’s right. The main goal was to get the police and protestors working together and playing together which I am happy to say we saw glimpses of today! I don’t know if what I’m doing is the answer, but I’m hoping it can at least do some kind of good for my brothers and sisters of the POC community as well as the philly community as a whole. 

I would like to continue to spread this message outside of philly as well. Was hoping to ask you all for help in funding our travels to other cities. With $2000 we could easily rent an suv and head down to dc, Baltimore, and newark staying in each city one day/night. And any leftover money, we would donate to other BML causes. 

I will be posting a YouTube video as soon as I finish it tonight ( if you type in my name on YouTube you will find it or head over to my Instagram @stephaniae. We will also be doing philly again this Saturday (June6th) and I will be posting details on my Instagram as well! You can also text the word PROTEST to my phone 215-309-9648 to get alerts from me of what’s going on with it! 

Thank you so much to everyone! Really appreciate all the support!

Oh and ps, we could also use skills! So if you’re a videographer or photographer or you’re strong and want to help carry the hoop, that can work too! Haha dm me on ig!


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