FCP organizes year-round basketball leagues and camps for boys and girls in grades 4-8 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 among these youth. We are currently focused in Fairfield County, CT, where the income and education gaps are at their widest nationally.
Once our players and volunteers enter high school, they can lead or join their high school’s Full Court Peace Club. FCP high school clubs are paired with community centers located in areas of blight, which the players work directly with to bolster the community centers’ basketball programs both financially and organizationally. They might do a basketball sneaker drive for their partners or work with them to fix up an outdoor court.
Since 2009, FCP has been organizing Basketball Ambassador Trips to Havana, Cuba to build grassroots relationships between everyday Cubans and everyday Americans. Youth from our High School Clubs and Youth Basketball Program, as well as college and professional players and coaches, travel to Cuba with FCP throughout the year. There, they work with local Cubans to refurbish dilapidated basketball courts, and to play together with the Cubans in FCP-sponsored tournaments and leagues. FCP has brought over 150 travelers to Cuba in 5 years; in 2016, there are ten trips planned - contact us to get on one!
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 - despite never having met AJ - they resurfaced and 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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Click below for registration and for necessary forms. Come in at anytime between 4pm and 8pm, and there’s no need to bring a ball. Sponsors are welcome to come and watch and to learn about what Full Court Peace does.
FCP High School Clubs work on short and long-term projects to refurbish basketball courts, to raise money for underprivileged youth leagues and clinics, or collect lightly used sneakers for kids in Cuba. 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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