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SBA & Take Charge Program Conduct Camp

The Street Basketball Association and Take Charge Program Conduct Basketball Life Skills Camp Initiative

In the continued efforts to provide educational, fun, and safe community based programming during one of the hottest summers in years the Street Basketball Association and Take Charge Program implemented its Basketball and Life Skills Camp Initiative for over 100 "at-risk" children in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Sponsored by the Office of the Prince George's County Executive, the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, PEPCO, and the Department of Social Services, the SBA collaborating with the Take Charge Program and Jerrod Mustaf's Basketball Academy was able to offer children in Prince Georges County an excellent opportunity to participate in a free basketball camp focused on teaching important life lessons for future development.

This "one of a-kind" Basketball and Life Skills Camp Program aspires to enhance the overall development of the youth. The Camp is divided into two components: Athletic, basketball development and Life skills. The camp is led by Jerrod Mustaf and a staff of SBA All-stars and streetball Legends including David "Rodman" Bailey (aka, The Aggressor on ESPN Street Ball Series), Myron "Airborne" Howe, Pat "Da-Roc" Robinson, as well as players from the SBA's D.C. Legends Professional Street Ball Team.

The Life Skills portion of the program utilizes a holistic approach to educate the youth about the most important game they will ever participate in,"The Game of Life". Throughout the program, the youth will learn basic first-aid instruction, academic and test taking strategies, proper nutrition, HIV, and teen-pregnancy issues, conflict resolution strategies and anti-drug/crime initiatives.

Through basketball, the youth who participate in the Camp will learn the components of success. Basketball will help teach discipline, coachability, responsibility, accountability, teamwork and a host of outstanding qualities that can be applied to all aspects of life. Basketball will also help build character and nurture the competitive spirit that will cause the youth to desire to excel not only in basketball, but also in school, home, and life in general.

In addition to the positive programming from this free camp for at-risk children in Prince Georges County, this Initiative being introduced for the first time also includes free lunches everyday for the children, a free camp t-shirt, and a free official SBA regulation basketball co-produced and sponsored by the SBA League's official outfitter, NBN Gear.

The SBA and the Take Charge Program have received tremendous positive feedback regarding the Camp Initiative as it also features special guest speakers from local businesses, county government officials, sports industry professionals, and community leaders. With the success in Prince Georges County the SBA and Take Charge Program will review additional opportunities to implement the Basketball Life Skills Camp in other qualified inner cities and counties throughout the U.S.



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