Every Monday over a period of 24 weeks, Play for Change has been delivering a new after-school program called ‘Slam Dunk’ – weekly basketball sessions with inspirational talks and mentoring for 12-16 year old girls.
Run in partnership with Play for Change and basketball coach and mentor ‘Jose’ from Love Basketball Academy (LBA), these basketball and mentoring programmes were set to give these young ladies a chance to develop self-discipline, confidence, team-work and leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment.
During the final 24th week of the programme on Monday 22nd June from 3.30 – 5pm Play for Change and Slam Dunk will host a one-day Play for Change Love Basketball Slam Dunk 3×3 tournament at the Wandsworth based school, with several companies taking part including the world leading London-based international media rights company MP & Silva.
Andrea Kenyeres, Vice President of Partnerships says:
“Empowering children through sports and education is what Play for Change is all about, and with our Slam Dunk basketball sessions we’ve seen so many of the girls flourish both in confidence and in developing their competitive basketball skills.
“Play for Change is proud to have been working with Jose at the Love Basketball Academy and with Burntwood School over the past year, bringing vital after-school basketball sessions to these 12-16 year old girls. The mentoring and talks have provided a safe haven for guidance and support which some of the girls may not necessarily receive at home. With subjects such as nutrition, and how to turn anger into power through sports, Slam Dunk gives these ladies something positive to focus on, outside of family and school life.”
Some of the charity’s milestones include a partnership with a children’s home in Indonesia the YKPA Play for Change Orphanage, and in Belgium, the Play for Change Schools Cup football tournament in partnership with the Belgium Pro League – all projects already positively impacting lives. In addition, PFC have begun a new partnership with ASLOD, a Milan-based local charity that focuses on helping children living with cancer through rehabilitation.
Play for Change has one goal – to enhance the lives of vulnerable children and young people around the world through access to sports and education.
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