After-School All-Stars (ASAS) Columbus opened its doors downtown in 2000 and soon discovered that while many of the schools had various program activities and student-focused events, the student engagement and participation levels were low and inconsistent. The ASAS Columbus team was committed to ensuring the safety and engagement of all students and found hockey to be the answer to both concerns.
After receiving a grant from the Columbus Blue Jacket Foundation, the charitable organization within the NHL team, ASAS Columbus launched Camp Hockey Heroes—a week-long youth leadership and mentoring program based on the successful curriculum of ASAS National’s Camp Hoop Heroes. The program involves learning the sport of hockey alongside mentors that offer advice about school, careers and self-improvement. In the program’s first year, 20 students from Champion Middle School participated. Throughout the week, they learned about careers both on and off the ice and enjoyed a behind-the-scene tour of the Fox Sports Ohio production truck before attending a hockey game. Looking ahead, ASAS Columbus plans on introducing Camp Hockey Heroes to two more schools—a program proven to engage students craving for something fun to do afterschool.
70%QUALIFY FOR FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH PROGRAM
- Black/African American 81%
- White 11%
- Hispanic/Latinx 4%
- Asian American/Pacific Islander 3%
- Native American/Alaskan Native1%
- 78% Program
- 13% Administration
- 9% Fundraising
Tracy has a deep passion for underserved communities. Before All-Stars, she worked for many years at the State of Ohio Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives where she strived to make improvements in the areas of hunger relief, infant mortality, teen pregnancy, and re-entry programs. This experience brought her to ASAS Ohio in 2012 where she now leads the Ohio chapter as the Executive Director. Her favorite part of her work is the face-to-face interaction with students. "They are so incredible, smart, and full of promise...they are our future," said Ms. Ensign. Outside of work, Tracy can be found cheering on her Buckeyes, listening to her daughter sing opera, and visiting her son and daughter-in-law.
- Governor’s Office of Faith-Based
and Community Initiatives