Team SUMMIT Programs
Here are the current programs from Team Summit, Inc.
Through a system of basketball clinics, leagues, skill-and-drill sessions, and open gyms (occurring weekly on average), as well as biweekly individual coaching sessions, Team SUMMIT provides a safe environment and a physically fun and engaging activity for participating youth on a regular basis.
Team SUMMIT believes in using basketball as a hook and a doorway into other areas of enrichment.
Fantasy Basketball League
Team SUMMIT believes that it is important to meet youth where they are and engage them in deeper skills through their own youthful interests and passions. Our Fantasy Basketball League, in which youth can each “virtually: draft and assemble their own “dream team” of (real, current) NBA players. They then follow the individual statistics of each of these players (points per game, assists, rebounds, free throw percentages, etc.) and aggregate them to form a picture of how their virtual team is performing.
In addition to the above activities, the Team SUMMIT Director provides regular emotional support to all participants through informal counseling, family meetings, and assistance to families in resolving issues that are impacting the child’s life, often through referral and advocacy with other local resources. About 15 of the more experienced Team SUMMIT youth (who have been with the program for a year or more) are involved as informal mentors with the younger participants. They assist the younger children with skills and drills, teamwork and communication, and serve as program assistants helping organize sessions and events.
A committee of 10 youth has been formed, the focus is on leadership skills through reflection, debriefing, project management (for example – fundraiser outlined above). They in turn work with a larger core group of about 20 youth that act as mentors, these are kids in 8thgrade and up. They assist with running clinics, working with the younger kids and act as points of contact for the other kids in the program
Planning for Further Education
We are working with some of the youth that are in 10th grade and up in planning for further education via college/university. We are helping the youth to identify the schools they would like to visit and plan out what they need to do in order to apply and hopefully gain acceptance into the schools they would like to attend. We have begun working with the youth along-side other non-profit agencies (such as uAspire) to assist in college/university placement as well as scholarship/financial aid opportunities. We also bring the youth on college visits, work on SAT prep and work with them on essay writing. .
This part of the program has taken shape with many of the youth participating. The first project has begun and will run during the spring and summer of 2017. This is optional participation in an Essay Challenge, they are asked to write a short essay based on one of two writing prompts that were provided by the Director. The essays will be reviewed by a team of people and they will be judged based on effort, attention to essay requirements, content and thought all based on age.
Prizes and awards will be announced in the fall, this gives plenty of time for the Director to work with the youth on this project and will allow them to carry some work into the summer to help keep them engaged in learning and thought beyond the school year. Once they have submitted their essay, the youth are able to participate in a 3 point contest that is running during the same time frame, prizes and awards for this will be announced at the same time as the Essay Challenge.
The youth must participate in the Essay Challenge in order to be eligible to participate in the 3 Point Contest. However, the youth do not need to participate in the 3 Point Contest in order to participate in the Essay Challenge.