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NeON Basketball Championship

Sotomayor Center Bronx, NY April 2017

All Star Game 4/17/17 at 7:30pm.

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Life & NYB – Relationships

It is the championship game. You have the ball and a 1 point lead with 24 seconds left, no time outs, both teams are in the bonus. One of your teammates needs 3 points to win the scoring title. What do you do?

There are some options below. Think about them carefully. Your decisions will be based on your Relationship to the team, the coach and the players. You may want to skip to the bottom and read the definition of relationship before you answer!

  • You pass the ball to your teammate who needs three points.
    • TRUST
  • You keep the ball away from your teammate that needs three points.
    • No TRUST
  • You keep control of the ball and do not take a shot until time runs out.
    • DECISION
  • You wait until there is 8 seconds and you pass the ball to the teammate that needs three points.
    • CHOICE

The Good of the Individual versus the Good of the Team.

What is more important? Always?

YOUR GOOD versus His/Her Good

Consider work – Consider relationships

Happiness and Selfishness

Can the two things coexist?

RELATIONSHIP: the way in which two or more people or things are connected: Connection,  association,  link

TRUST: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something: Confidence, belief, faith

LOYALTY: a strong feeling of support or allegiance: Duty, dedication, commitment

SELFISH: lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure: Inconsiderate, thoughtless, uncaring

Life & NYB – Relationships is part of a discussion series designed to make better people and players. Click the link for the handout and the accompanying Fast Five from the Foul Line Drill.

Bronx NeON Basketball

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Bronx NeON Basketball

NeON Arts offers young people in seven New York City communities the chance to explore the arts through a variety of creative projects at local community-based probation offices called Neighborhood Opportunity Networks (NeONs). The Weill Music Institute facilitates the program’s grant-making process, coordinates citywide NeON events, and works with organizations and NeON stakeholders to ensure that each project, including planning and implementation, and is a collaboration that benefits the entire community.

The Bronx NeON Program is a collaborative Basketball Program among the NYC Department of Probation, Phipps Neighborhood Houses, NYPD 43 Precinct and NYBasketball. Typical of basketball programs there are shirts, playoffs and championships. Atypical is the support by off-duty probation officers and player participation by police officers from the 43rd precinct and PSAL High School coaches. They are there every week to interact and support the players, almost 40%, who are on probation.

Each week everyone participates in a Life & NYBasketball discussion between games. Topics cover game situations related to social interactions and are reinforced with weekly emails that do more than post the schedule, standings and high scorers. The Life & NYBasketball Newsletter also discusses Decision Making, Trust, How to find a Job or How to Get into College  as a Student Athlete among other topics.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglass

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