BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH BASKETBALL
A white police officer in Charlotte learned to understand the perspective of a young person of color. A girl in Chicago shared how her perceptions of law enforcement had changed.
Both completed Building Bridges Through Basketball programs.
A partnership among the NBA, RISE and Under Armour, Building Bridges Through Basketball is an award-winning 10-week community-leadership program part of the NBA Voices initiative that uses basketball to unite youth and law enforcement in cities across the country. The program is designed to break barriers, build trust and create pathways for positive communication. Weekly sessions combine basketball training with a leadership and cultural competency curriculum designed by RISE focused on identity, diversity, empathy, conflict resolution and other themes.
The program won the Corporate Community Impact Award at the 2019 ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards in July.
Charlotte — RISE, the NBA and Under Armour tipped-off the second season of the 10-week program in Charlotte in Fall 2021. We launched the 10-week program during NBA All-Star Weekend 2019, and ran weekly sessions through May 2019. Partners include the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation.
Chicago — RISE, the NBA and Under Armour tipped off the fourth season of the program at the Chicago Union League Boys & Girls Club in Fall 2021. This is the longest running Building Bridges Through Basketball program, which was celebrated during NBA All-Star Weekend 2020 in Chicago. We completed the third season of the 10-week program at Union League Boys & Girls Clubs with members of the Chicago Police Department in May 2019, concluding with a special culmination celebration at the NBA Draft Combine. The first season took place from June through August 2017, and the second season was from March through May 2018.
Detroit — RISE partnered with the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Police Athletic League for two seasons of the 10-week program with members of the Detroit Police Department. The first season (October to December 2017) engaged middle and high school youth across two locations in Detroit, Monday evenings at S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center and Friday evenings at Chosen Generation Community Center. The second season (October 2018 to January 2019) included participants from Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan and took place at S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center.
Los Angeles — RISE partnered with the Jr. NBA, Under Armour and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles for a 10-week program (January through April 2018) at Challengers Boys & Girls Club with members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The program engaged 25 middle and high school youth Wednesday evenings.
New Orleans — RISE partnered with the Jr. NBA, New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and Up2Us Sports for a six-week pilot program (January and February 2017) called Saturday Morning Hoops. The program engaged more than 75 adolescents Saturday mornings with members of the New Orleans Police Department.