Help Us Inspire Student Athletes to Become Young Leaders!
Organized by: Khalid Green
Who We Are: The Brooklyn Bridge Basketball Sports and Leadership Academy has been established as a platform to inspire student athletes to become young leaders who become positive role models and productive contributing citizens within their communities and the world. Brooklyn Bridge offers child and adolescent sports and leadership related programs that are engaging, healthy, fun and enlightening. Program offerings include: basketball camps, clinics, tournaments as well as education and Umoja (Swahili for unity) cultural workshops. A leadership component serves as an introduction to life skills, including character development, positive values training and critical thinking.
The Brooklyn Bridge Sports and Leadership Academy's purpose is based on a dearth enriching programs for youth in Brooklyn, New York urban communities. Like many inner-city neighborhoods nationwide, those in Brooklyn have lost informal safety nets such as community centers, after-school and church programs, where guidance and support was once readily available. With parents (70% of who are single female heads of households) working full-time and in many cases overtime just to get by, our youth are left to fend for themselves after school. Most of these parents have little to no assistance as they advocate for and help their children navigate through life processes. “The Bridge” helps to fill that gap with positive programming to facilitate the transformation of participants from basic thinkers into critical ones who believe in themselves and make positive life choices.
The Bridge’s motto is “The Bridge to Greatness.” We believe that the energy and effort we give in life will inevitably produce the highest results we seek. There are no short cuts to success. Discipline and training precede classroom achievement as well as victory on the basketball court – and Brooklyn Bridge Student Athletes challenge themselves to be triumphant in all walks of life.
What We've Done:
Some of Our Prior Accomplishments In The Community Include:
- Organized free health and basketball clinics with NBA rookie Chris McCullough in both the Bronx and Brooklyn, NY
- Organized a free health and basketball clinic led by Brooklyn Nets Head of Strength and Conditioning, Trevor St. Agathe
- Hosted the first annual Brooklyn Bridge Back to School Tournament at Brooklyn Bridge Park with over 100 participating girls and boys
- Hosted private tours of the Barclays Arena with youth and parents
Our Executive Director: Khalid Green, Executive Director Brooklyn Bridge Sports and Leadership Academy Khalid earned a Bachelors degree from Morehouse College and a Masters degree from Long Island University – where he also served as a staff person for the men’s basketball team. In 2003, Khalid was named the head varsity coach for Bishop Loughlin High School, in Brooklyn, New York. During his 5-year tenure, the team earned two semi-final appearances and one division championship. The ‘go to’ person for basketball in the borough, he has been the subject of numerous articles and was twice nominated for the Daily News, Coach of the Year award. Many of the young men he coached went on to attain college degrees, and a few became NBA players including Devin Ebanks of the Los Angeles Lakers, Gary Forbes, formerly of the Toronto Raptors, and Doron Lamb of the Orlando Magic. Khalid is a national scout for the Brooklyn Nets Basketball Team and is currently pursuing a second Masters degree in Sports Management at Columbia University.
Our fundraiser seeks to raise $100,000 to support our annual objectives for 2016.
Brooklyn Bridge Basketball, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. All donations are tax- deductible.