Simon Cataldo, a REALITY participant, is Founder and President of Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership (HLL). HLL is a school-based nonprofit organization that provides academic intervention, leadership training and lacrosse to at-risk youth. Simon recently launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money to expand his organization to include programming for girls.
Four small fingers and a thumb are curled around a chain-link fence. They are attached to the body of a boy who is no older than twelve years of age. It is 6:15 a.m. and he’s been waiting on this Central Harlem lot for Lord-knows-how-long. He heckles and taunts my favorite student, thirteen-year-old Namond.