Our biggest program is the “We Run As One” summer youth basketball league (also known as WRAO). Now in its 5th year, WRAO is an organized, community-based league for youth primarily living in the communities of Chinatown and the Lower East Side.
This program was created to foster cultural exchange in what can often be a segregated community. It is also provided free to youth who may not otherwise be able to afford it.
Run in partnership with Apex For Youth and PS 1 Alfred E. Smith Elementary, WRAO encourages local businesses to get involved such as four-time league sponsor Straight Finish Orthodontics, and three-time community sponsor McDonalds.
Local businesses may also get involved by sponsoring teams. Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Ajisen Ramen, Talde, Fat Buddha, WSDIA, and Lee Records, just to name a short list, have long been team sponsors, paying for team jerseys and league fees.
Area non-profit organizations and clubs such as Immigration Social Services, the Asian American Youth Center, Charles B. Wang Foundation, NY Rockits AIA, LES Express, NY Falcons, Lunar NYC Warriors, NY Titans, and NY Cruisers are all integral to the success of this program.
WRAO simply could not be possible without the assistance of Principal Amy Hom of PS 1, and of course, all of the volunteers who donate their time all summer long.
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