FCP organizes year-round basketball leagues and camps for boys and girls in grades 4 through 8 from a diverse array of socioeconomic statuses, and racial and ethnic backgrounds. Our curriculum - developed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Kennedy School of Government - employs team basketball as a means of increasing communication, understanding and camaraderie between these youth. We are currently focused in Fairfield County, CT, where the income gap is at its widest nationally.
Once our youth basketball players enter high school, they can start or join their high school’s Full Court Peace Club. Our high school clubs are paired with community centers located in areas of blight, and the two work together to raise money and awareness, bolstering the community centers’ basketball programs both financially and organizationally.
Each year, FCP organizes Basketball Ambassador Trips to Havana, Cuba, where we use basketball diplomacy to rebuild the relationship between Cubans and Americans. Youth from our High School Clubs and Youth Basketball Program, as well as college and professional basketball players and coaches, work with local Cubans to refurbish dilapidated basketball courts, and to play together with the Cubans in FCP-sponsored tournaments and leagues. FCP has been in Cuba since 2009 and grows its on-island outreach every year.
What We're Doing Now
In 2013, a 12-year old boy named AJ Cina died in a tragic bicycle accident in his hometown of Weston, CT. When Cubans in Havana heard his story and learned how much he loved basketball, they painted a court with his name on it. Every year, FCP takes a team of AJ’s friends and family to Cuba to honor his legacy. In July of 2014, AJ’s dad and friends traveled to Cuba to meet those generous Cubans and establish another court in AJ’s name. The video above tells their story.
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Free Throws for Full Court Peace, or FT4FCP, is an annual event held at various locations in Connecticut between February and April. Participants line up to shoot 100 free throws after asking friends and family to sponsor them for each shot they make out of the 100 attempts. Prizes are given to the boys and girls who make the most shots and who raise the most money. Proceeds go to the needs of local basketball communities from disadvantaged areas.
Set up a high school club! Full Court Peace pairs high school clubs with community centers in disadvantaged areas. The clubs work on short and long-term projects to refurbish the community centers’ basketball courts, to raise money for youth leagues and clinics, and to generally support the growth of its basketball program. To get involved, simply fill out this form and we’ll get right back to you with instructions and next steps.
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