CHICAGO (CBS) – Using the power of basketball to take advantage of the power of knowledge.
A nonprofit organization in Chicago may have created a slam method to captivate children with serious adult topics.
Morning Insider Lauren Victory explains how they shoot behind hoops – and stars.
“There are things called‘ averaging the value in dollars ’and all that you’ll learn as you continue to progress and go,” Jonathan Daudi of JP Morgan told a group of young children recently.
The former college basketball player spoke to them as part of a seminar on financial literacy organized by the LOVE Chicago project.
The nonprofit organization focuses on mentoring young children to reduce violence and break the poverty line. Academics are the name of their game, but the organizers support the interest of children through another game: basketball.
“Spiritually, mentally, sometimes even physically, basketball communicates with other people,” Alvin told JJ “JJ” Robinson.
The 12-year-old participated in a basketball event dedicated to financial literacy, telling CBS 2 that he had never thought about saving or investing his money before.
“I always thought it would be,‘ Oh, I have the money, I can just go do whatever I want. Oh, we can go outside, or we can do it. ” Now I seem to understand that if I receive a certain amount of money, I have to set aside a certain part of it, ”Robinson said.
More project LOVE Chicago Basketball this weekend with another career bar. This time it will be dedicated to fashion, design and art.
“I think fashion, design and art have a rich history here. We have a lot of people who come from Chicago and are very successful. We look at Virgil Ablo, we look at Don C, such people. And often there It’s not a program or workshops that give children the opportunity to meet these people, learn about the industry, learn about the different careers they can make, ”said Project LOVE Executive Director Curtis Henderson.
Project LOVE Chicago is joining forces with the Gratitude Chicago streetwear brand for mass fundraising this weekend. For $ 25,000the money will be used as a scholarship for African American seniors in Chicago public schools.
They also organized a fundraiser for the Project Dream Chasers AAU travel basketball program, which allows vulnerable Black Chicago youth to play tourist basketball for free. They are trying to raise $ 75,000 help 37 kids in grades 6-8 in their pursuit of college basketball.