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WAB Hosts the Booey Lehoo Festival

January, 2012
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The Booey Lehoo Festival, a weeklong series of cultural and sports events aimed at raising awareness for Sino-US educational exchange initiatives, kicked off Saturday with an international basketball event at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB). Eight teams of four players competed for the Jackie Chan Cup, a trophy donated by the movie star’s charitable foundation, which is a partner in the Booey Lehoo project along with Americans Promoting Study Abroad.

The eight teams, each made up of two players from China and two players from the United States and other countries – including eight students from WAB, demonstrated their skills on the court under the critical eye of NBA All-Star Jamal Mashburn, who flew in from the United States to be present and lend his support to APSA and the Jackie Chan Foundation. “I am really impressed with the skills of these kids,” said Mashburn. “This event shows just what can happen when young people from China and the United States work together, and shows the value of the work that APSA and JCCF are doing as part of the 100,000 Strong Initiative,” he said. 

The Booey Lehoo Festival, organized by APSA and the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation, aims to raise awareness of the two groups’ work within the 100,000 Strong Initiative which was announced by President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to dramatically increase the number of US students coming to China to study. APSA focuses on study opportunities for high school students from underserved communities. Co-founder Ted Dean was also at the event and gave his perspective: “It’s great to see young people from our two countries pooling their talent for a good cause. We are very excited about all of the Booey Lehoo events, and are committed to giving study exchange opportunities to the largest possible number of high school students.”

Festival events continued in Beijing throughout the week giving many WAB students, including dancers and musicians, opportunities to be involved with the Initiative.

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