& Life Skills
Building a team connection off the court betters game results; we believe physical practice is only one part of the equation.
By focusing on academic skills, our kids have the strongest chance of succeeding outside of the program. We hope to improve their prospects regardless of what career paths they choose. Highlighting and leveraging the different skill sets that each boy and girl possesses allows their highest potential, both when playing with teammates and achieving their educational goals.
In 2016, our Homework Club launched alongside our basketball program. We noticed a trend where our players were struggling to keep up with schoolwork and attendance in both our program and school. A common thread amongst our players was they didn’t have time for homework; so, we bought desks to place on the court!
Players are required to complete their schoolwork. As the educational facet became larger in our program, we eventually established a classroom space at the end of the stadium. It serves the kids who need a space to study, as well as those falling behind who are looking for guidance.
The CBA has volunteers that work one-on-one with players looking for extra assistance with specific projects, studying for tests and exams, or guidance with selecting higher education courses. Led by our Director of Basketball, we also liaison with school officials to ensure our players are attending their regular class schedules and good behaviour is consistent both in class and on the court.
We try to teach the importance of school and education through the sport of basketball to reach kids that might not have the support they require.
All players in U18 and above receive a one-hour training session per week spent in Study Hall.
Our study hall is a safe space for students of all academic and cultural backgrounds to receive educational assistance, regardless of their learning style.
We have also partnered with external resources to provide additional life skill training sessions to our youth. Delivered all-year round, including holidays, these extracurricular programs look to further development in areas of career exploration, financial literacy, and more.
Our focus next year includes:
- Financial Literacy – Delivered by Banqer
- Resilience Training – Delivered by The Resilience Project
- Vocation Sessions – Through a combination of parents, local schools and Universities we will be running sessions for players outlining different vocations and careers they can pursue later in life.
- Vocation Training – We will also be offering specific vocational training courses during school holidays, including referee and coaching courses, and barista training. These courses give our players the necessary qualifications to participate in our community program as well as the possibility to obtain external part-time or full-time employment.