Youth Giving Back to Youth

"Giving back to the kids is wonderful and I am having so much fun."

This is what Jermaine Blackett, one of the Bronx Community Solutions Bombers, said while participating in his first voluntary community service project.

As a condition of staying on the team, all of our basketball league participants are required to complete community service. Last Tuesday's youth basketball clinc was our first service project.

The BCS Bombers coached 13 kids ages 9 to 14 years old from SCAN Mullaly Park Recreation Center in basketball fundamentals, including dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and offensive skills.

After organizing these learning stations the Bombers coached a series of games for the kids. The winners of the game received trophies and everyone was given certificates and medals for participating in the event.

After the festivities everyone enjoyed eating pizza together and getting to know each other. One of the best things about this community service project was the interaction between two generations of young people helping each other in positive activities that were fun and therapeutic for both groups.