Back in November when Mike Evans and I sat down at the Starbucks in downtown New Canaan for a meet and greet that has developed into both a friendship and a chance to partner together for the common good of sharing Full Court Peace’s story in new and engaging ways, I asked a simple question to help kick off the talk.
"Can you really believe that Full Court Peace is about to 10 years old?"
In serving as Director of Social Media and Digital Content these past six months, I’ve grown to learn and deeply appreciate where Full Court Peace has come from since its launch in 2006: outstanding outreach in rebuilding basketball courts and uniting communities through basketball, the impact on kids, bridging cultures locally and around the world and the love of giving back to the game.
Ten years of service truly is an amazing accomplishment.
For every program such as FCP, there are hundreds that have not survived the rigors of being a non-profit and building relationships that last and thrive. Chalk it up to passion and people and the chance to be a part of positive change every day. That’s why it’s important to look back and celebrate these past 10 years while also looking ahead to the next 10 years.
Back in 2013, Ben Keeler wrote a compelling piece on Full Court Peace’s "Camp United" — a basketball camp that extended beyond just teaching fundamentals, skills and development to middle school boys. It also provided the platform to "unite" groups of socio-economic divisions.
The camp has a simple but ambitious aim: bring together boys from vastly different backgrounds and create bonds that last beyond the five-day experience, but only do it with the game itself. No forced “get to know you” activities, no explicit mention of why the adults set it up this way; just privileged, predominately white kids and poor, predominately Latino and black kids put together on the same teams, playing competitive basketball and seeing what happens. That’s the hypothesis, but will it work?
Thank you to Ben Keeler for being a part of 10 years of Full Court Peace.