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Building Bridges Through Basketball

Through community basketball tournaments, a 10-week basketball-based leadership curriculum, and other basketball programs, the NBA family is using the power of basketball to break down barriers, bring people together and develop important bonds of trust between young people, mentors, community leaders & law enforcement.

Spotlight: 10-Week Building Bridges Through Basketball Leadership Programs

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The NBA and RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) have developed a 10-week leadership and basketball program that brings together local youth and law enforcement for weekly 2.5-hour sessions featuring a combination of on-court basketball programming and a curriculum on leadership, conflict resolution, identity and diversity. These programs, taking place in New Orleans, Chicago, and Los Angeles, provide an opportunity for youth and law enforcement to share perspectives on important issues in society and develop bonds of trust.

In New Orleans, participants were asked to complete pre- and post-program surveys, yielding some key findings: After the program, 89% of students stated that they felt trusted and appreciated by the police. This number suggested that youth perceptions about how the police view them changed over the program. After the program, 86% of students expressed a concern for racial equality, the same percentage that believed that racism is still a concern in the United States. 100% of students said they would want to attend the program again.


Los Angeles Lakers Host Weekly Building Bridges Through Basketball Sessions

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Detroit Pistons & RISE Launch Building Bridges Through Basketball Program

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