nCore City Hoops is based in Windsor (Ontario, Canada) and has been around since 1988, when Pete Cusumano and his friend, Arvin White, decided to create a basketball club which would give kids from the core part of Windsor an affordable opportunity to play ball within a club, with Rep teams, as well as house leagues and camps.
We are a club which relies very heavily on fundraising and grants, as we charge our kids a nominal fee to be a part of our club. This makes it affordable for everyone, giving each player excellent coaching and mentoring from our valuable volunteer staff. By having everyone help out, we can continue with this goal.
Our travel teams try to keep costs down by only participating in one or two out-of-town tournaments, and by arranging for local tournaments or games. Often we will arrange round robin tournaments within a day's drive (i.e. Sarnia, Chatham, Stratford, London, or Michigan) to allow our kids the opportunity to play first-class basketball but without spending maximum dollars.
This provides basketball programs for downtown youth on a year round basis. This year, we will have had almost 150 participants and over 10 adult volunteers in our program. Core City Hoops is different from other organizations, we take on many of children that are turned away from other programs.
Core City Hoops Mandate:
Our experience has taught us that if we can get kids involved at a young age, we can have a positive influence on their behavior. Early intervention is important, as we found it easier to influence the behavior of the younger players to conform to our expectations whereas some of the older kids were not as willing to conform. We have received positive feedback from the teachers and parents about the kids in this program, and how they noticed a considerable improvement in their behavior.
- Take on high-risk kids
- Take on kids from families with low parental involvement for the Ontario Basketball Association program.
- Make it affordable for kids to play, especially for kids from low-income areas
- Make it accessible geographically, our gyms are in the target area.
- Assist them with developing their social skills.
- Give them conflict resolution skills
- Provide them with educational tools to help them succeed in school.
- Emphasize discipline, behavior, sportsmanship and healthy attitudes.
- Provides nutritional component.
- Provide co-ed programmes in the summer camps and spring league.
- Provide nutritional component as many of the kids come hungry
- Provide mandatory in-classroom sessions on topics such as respect, conflict resolution, study skills (for older groups only), leadership, lateral thinking, communication skills and drug awareness, among other topics.
- Have strong ties with the outside community such as downtown elementary schools, Windsor Police Service and the Teen Health Centre.
The goal of this organization is to give the downtown youth an opportunity to be coached by positive role models while playing basketball at a high level. Using sport, we teach life long lessons regarding responsibility, commitment, respect, and appreciation for community.
- To teach good sportsmanship
- To appreciate cultural and ethnic diversity
- To give of self by learning the importance of being part of a team
- To understand the importance to strive for excellence
- To develop respect for others
- To develop leadership and resolve conflict in an acceptable manner
- To understand the importance of education and to be a good citizen at school
- To appreciate the importance of education
- To give these youth positive role models from which they can learn
- To give them an opportunity to develop their basketball skills
- To increase the number of adult volunteers. Especially, adults that work/live in the target area and reflect the ethnic diversity of the kids in our programs.