Will Robinson, Intervention Specialist at Bridgeport Alternative in the Community (BAIC) program, has been coaching youth basketball in the Bridgeport community for several years. Since his employment at BAIC, several clients have mentioned a desire to play basketball in Bridgeport. Positive leisure activities are not only a healthy and constructive use of time, they also reduce the risk of recidivism.
After the Hurricane Harvey disaster, an opportunity presented itself. A fellow Bridgeport basketball coach came to Will and asked him if he knew anyone who would want to play in the “Hoops for Hurricane Relief” fundraising basketball tournament. Will quickly assembled a full team to participate in the event, securing seven volunteer BAIC client players. Team BAIC and 7 other teams were scheduled to play a two-game elimination format tournament and the ultimate tournament winner would earn the title of “Crown of the Court”.
The all-day event was held at the McGivney Center on Saturday, September 23, 2017 and was a great success. With a crowd of spectators cheering, Team BAIC donned their white t-shirts, eager to compete. There was plenty of trash talk and impressive displays of basketball playing skills. Though they didn’t win the ultimate title, Team BAIC had a good time, played hard, had fun, and helped raise funds and donations for the hurricane relief effort. They truly represented BAIC positively by demonstrating good sportsmanship, socializing with their peers, and making a tremendous effort to win each game. We commend and recognize Team BAIC (both staff and clients) for their unselfish support of the event and for embodying the event’s purpose: “People getting together to help other people in need”.
The event was photographed by BAIC Intervention Specialist Deon Hardison and BAIC staff attended event to support the clients.
Though Team BAIC didn’t receive the distinction of “Crown of the Court” they are all winners in our book. Great work!