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SportsUnited Jamaican Teenagers

Washington DC, April 13th 2011, Global Game Changers was given the privilege to work with a fantastic group of 14 Jamaican youngsters from all over the island nation in the Greater Antilles.

The delegation was in the DC area for a public diplomacy initiative of the State Department – SportsUnited.

Coaches Mike and Josh ran a solid, jam-packed clinic of basketball intensity for the group which was met with abundant laughter and buckets of sweat. The clinic focused on fundamental instruction, drills, skill-development games, and most importantly, having fun.

After introductions, we started the day with dribbling exercises, then moved on to stretching and physical fitness. About half-way through the day, we broke for lunch after having a unique Question & Answer session, in which the coaches got to know the group on a more personal level. Different social challenges were discussed, and GGC successfully showed how basketball, or any sport for that matter, could be a safe and secure environment for negative social distractors.

In addition to basic basketball instruction and more drills after lunch, we also worked on team-building exercises and even scrimmaged together in groups.

Overall, the clinic was another outstanding opportunity for Global Game Changers to work with an international group, and once again resulted in a successful partnership with SportsUnited.

By |April 14th, 2011|Tags: , |

Chinese Basketball Coaches in DC: A Win-Win-WIN Situation!

Global Game Changers (GGC) recently completed its 2nd event in conjunction with SportsUnited, a program within the US Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs division.  A central mission of this division is to foster dialogue at grassroots levels and promote international cooperation through sport.  GGC is a perfect group to help facilitate such a goal, and we were glad to work with a group of enthusiastic youth basketball coaches from across China.

The day was split into three parts.  In the morning, the coaches were trained on some best practices for coaching the 8-16 year old youth basketball set.  Coaches Mike Vaughan-Cherubin, Danny Ourian, and Josh Simon discussed various tips and “tricks of the trade” that go into maximizing the time, space, and equipment allotted to you in various basketball practice or clinic settings.  The coaches were shown various games and drills that GGC has tried and tested, and – true to form – we saw their enthusiasm levels increase as the morning went on.

We then broke for lunch.  Over lunch, we shared stories from our native lands (as best we could with different languages and only two translators) and discussed our afternoon session.  The Chinese coaches were very excited about what was about to transpire: 50 local under-served under-privileged DC youth from Meridian Charter School were being bused in to be part of a basketball clinic that the Chinese coaches were preparing to help run.  The impending arrival of this unknown group of kids kept everyone full of anticipation.

At that point we returned to the gym and made final preparations before the youth arrived.  The youth were not only excited to be there, they were incredibly well behaved, and were hanging on […]

By |January 25th, 2011|Tags: , |