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The Jack Ramsay Basketball Initiative, Zimbabwe.

We believe in supporting organized, grassroots, youth-sports programs needed to disrupt the poverty cycle, modify behavior and empower under-served children in Africa. Sport is the global currency keeping children in school, promoting gender balance, fueling healthier lifestyles, cultivating faith and developing lifetime skills necessary to overcome social challenges.

The Jack Ramsay Initiative, Africa

GRASSROOTS BASKETBALL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The Jack Ramsay Grassroots Basketball Development Initiative brings a strategic vision to developing basketball expertise to under-served communities across Africa. Thanks to the training resources provided by Basketball Hall of Famer Dr. Jack Ramsay, volunteer coaches and children have the opportunity to learn sound fundamentals of the game and develop a lasting passion. This use of professionally developed training materials nurtures the development of the game and expedites its delivery to all corners of the continent. Learn more...

Pave-A-Dirt Basketball Court

Community Empowerment And Development

The model we use for the development of basketball in under-served markets requires communities to invest sweat equity into construction of the sports infrastructure their children will use. Rural communities use ox-drawn carts, make farm bricks, and volunteer manpower to construct sports facilities. Sponsors Sharon and Jim O’Brien (NBA coach) supported the completion of a “proof of concept” basketball court at a rural school in Zimbabwe, named after Dr. Jack Ramsay. Each completed basketball court moves the needle and adds to the visibility and growth of the game across Africa. Learn more...

Keeping Children In School

Lifetime Societal Empowerment

In a culture where education can determine a child's destiny, we are morally obligated to advance a youth sports program that can be interwoven into the academic fabric of the school system. We are determined to pursue a school-based sports program that empowers children with the tools they need to develop the self-esteem, self-confidence and perseverance required to excel in school. We invest in long-term partnerships with local school teachers who help bridge sport involvement and academic performance. With support from a fun, safe and accessible sports program administered by their teachers as volunteer coaches, children are beginning to overcome social barriers. Learn more...

No Child Plays Without Drive

SPORTS GEAR COLLECTION

Kids need basic sports equipment to learn to play with confidence. Though playing sports barefoot does not deter kids from enjoying sports, wearing proper sports gear encourages self-esteem, confidence and behavior modification in children. We collect new and gently-used sports gear from the USA and ship it to Africa for use in our sports program. Thanks to sponsors, such as Connecticut Attack Basketball, Indiana Soccer, Indy Eleven and the Indiana Pacers, children and volunteer coaches are using equipment that helps them to develop a strong passion for sports. Learn more...

The HIV/AIDS Information Firewall

PROMOTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

Educating children about HIV/AIDS is a top priority for our organization. Our community-based youth sports program presents a positive platform for teaching children the benefits of staying healthy. With the goal of disrupting the cycle of infection distressing communities across Africa, we provide a play-based environment that builds awareness of HIV/AIDS and encourages children to make better, healthier choices. As part of this initiative, we have partnered with rural school teachers to mentor orphaned children and restore hope. Learn more...

Level The Playing Field For Girls

Promoting Gender Balanced Communities

“Educate a woman and you educate an entire village.” This old adage suggests the rationale behind our goal of 50 percent participation of girls in our youth sports programs. Participation in sports can unleash girls’ potential to compete, lead, and dominate: values that translate into valuable life skills. We believe that girls’ participation in sports can initiate change in community social norms that can propel them into leadership roles in the community. Learn more...

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2012 Jack Ramsay Clinic, Zim

Teaching Sound Fundamentals

Pave-A-Dirt Basketball Court

Infrastructure Development

Indiana Soccer Alliance

Soccer Gear Collection Drive

Life Applications to Sports

"There are great life applications to all sports, but in basketball in particular, there are great applications to life. The game changes quickly and you must adjust to the changes within the game and that's pretty much what life is. There is no blue print for success in life. You must adapt to changing conditions..,"Dr. Jack Ramsay, (NBA Legend, NBA Hall of Fame)

Great Sports Development Program

Every great project has a couple of things in common, one is a vision and two is a passion for that vision, Gus & Madeline Chikamba have a great vision for basketball infrastructure in Zimbabwe. Sharon and I along with Jack Ramsay fully support this and hope to see it to fruition....Jim O'Brien, (Former NBA Coach)

The Africa Outreach USA Score Card

Increased Program Reach

☑ 4000+ children on the program to date
☑ 1000+ Trained Certified Coaches Countrywide
☑ 36 District Trained & Certified Coaches
☑ 26 Rural Schools On Board
☑ 36 District Trained & Certified Coaches

Community Engagement

☑ Basketball Against Drugs program launch
☑ 2 Completed Basketball Courts, 1 pending
☑ 100 km radius of engaged rural schools
☑ 200,000+ farm bricks molded
☑ Program acceptance & morale up 60%

Academic Impact

☑ Academic Performance up 40%
☑ School Enrollment Up 60%
☑Rural Schools Engagement 26%
☑ 30% Reduction in severe forms of punishment

Gender Balanced Involvement

☑ 46% Girls participation on the program
☑ 27% Female trained coaches
☑ 30% Increase in women leadership capacity
☑ 10% Women nationwide trained

Grassroots Sport Development

☑ Dr. Jack Ramsay Basketball League/Trophy
☑ Connecticut Attack Basketball League/Trophy
☑ Indy Eleven Soccer League/Trophy
☑ Indiana Soccer League/Trophy
☑ Sharon & Jim O'Brien Girls Basketball League/Trophy

Supplied Sports Gear

☑ 10,000+ basketball, soccer, volleyball gear
☑ Four trophies supporting four leagues
☑ Fifty medallions
☑ 36 District Trained & Certified Coaches
☑ 12 Tennis rackets donated

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