NBA Legends Join with Salvation Army to Offer Youth Fitness Programs

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) our nation’s childhood obesity rate has more than tripled in the last 30 years, yet many schools are eliminating or reducing recess, and it’s reported that almost 1 in 4 high schoolers (grades 9-12) do not engage in physical activity during their free time.

Local Atlanta area kids take a break from basketball during The Salvation Army Kroc Center's Workshop.

The Salvation Army of Atlanta is working to counter this problem by providing kids with exciting opportunities to get active! This past month they held the All Star Youth Basketball Workshop at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center where children not only had the chance to hit the courts, but they also learned great skills and techniques from pro basketball legends!

Ikenna Ubaka, Program Manager for the Center, said they collaborated with the Atlanta Chapter of The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and INNER GOOD HEALTH & FITNESS INC. to offer two weeks of fitness sessions and basketball skills clinics for 6th and 7th grade youth.

Dale Ellis gives the kids some helpful basketball tips.

Local boys and girls were able to learn firsthand from INNER GOOD fitness instructors, The Atlanta Battlecats (Women’s Basketball Team), and NBA Legends from the Atlanta Chapter of NBRPA. The sessions concluded with the Center’s Annual Julius “Dr. J” Biddy Ball Tournament with NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

Dr. J himself grew up playing basketball at The Salvation Army in Hempstead, New York and continues to support the Hempstead and Atlanta’s youth teams.

Other NBA legends involved with the event  included Cory Blackwell, Vincent Askew, and Duane Causwell.

A member of The Atlanta Battlecats coaches the kids in technique.

The Salvation Army Youth Recreational and Character Building Programs strive to meet the increasing challenges of Metro Atlanta youth by providing the essential recreational, social, educational, and social development tools they need to live happier and healthier lives.  To find out more about The Salvation Army’s Atlanta youth programs visit www.salvationarmyatlanta.org.

Dale Ellis and his team!

Information provided by Lafeea Watson of The Salvation Army of  Metro Atlanta.

2 Comments on “NBA Legends Join with Salvation Army to Offer Youth Fitness Programs

  1. Pingback: » Blog Archive » Athletes Emphasize Charitable Giving

  2. would like to join my kid for basketball.

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