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 locally in Fairfield County, CT, where the income gap is at its widest nationally.
Once our players 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.
Each year, FCP organizes Basketball Ambassador Trips to Havana, Cuba 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.
Video by 2 Nice
The games are refereed and the kids will have uniforms, but we expect the boys to able to call timeouts, draw up plays, and decide on their strategy among themselves. Taking the coach out of the equation requires communication among the boys, which is at the heart of what we do . The final two weeks of the league are dedicated to playoffs and the championship.
Set up a Full Court Peace 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 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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