The National Center for Children in Poverty reports that 43% of youth in the United States live in low-income families. Youth who experience socioeconomic disadvantages, and fatherless homes are more likely to have low academic performance, more likely to be thrust into the school to prison pipeline, have higher rates of suicide, and are more prone to health issues.
According to the NCAA, an estimated 3.4% of high school athletes in America get the opportunity to play basketball at the collegiate level. Of the 3.4% of athletes that play at the collegiate level, only 1.2% of these athletes play at the professional level. What does this statistic tell us? It tells us that 98.8% of student athletes will not become professional basketball players. However, every student can benefit from the core skills of life off the basketball court.
Since 2018, American Ballers has held free basketball clinics and educational workshops for boys and girls ages 13-17 in cities throughout the United States. We bring in NBA and WNBA players to teach youth the fundamentals of basketball, while also providing students with a positive message of education and personal growth. Our education partner InSchoolbus, Inc. places an important emphasis on education counseling and training for youth in the community by providing students with online prep courses to prepare them for college.
American Ballers not only gives youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to interact with positive role models in the community, but also gives professional athletes and organizations the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of our youth across the nation.