Mayor David Briley Announces Youth Summer Basketball, Enrichment Program
Judith Byrd 615-862-6461, cell 615-761-6694
Mayor David Briley is pleased to announce the launch of the Metro CRAFT Youth Athletic League, which will provide basketball and social enrichment programming to 600 high school students at 9 community centers across Davidson County this summer.
In addition to recreational sports, the program, led by Metro Parks in collaboration with Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Metro Police Department, offers teens programming on gang resistance, youth violence education, illicit drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention, personal responsibility, financial literacy and career development.
“Providing practical life skills and mentoring support can really help teenagers cope with the intense pressures that life throws their way. Youth violence is a serious problem confronting our community, and we have to do all we can to nurture and support our youth and create healthier futures. This program provides valuable skills to participants and will empower them to serve as positive role models for others,” said Mayor Briley.
Named CRAFT, the program is built on five principal foundations, which are: Critical thinking (to engage in reflective and independent thinking), Resilience (the mental toughness to overcome obstacles), Awareness (of both positive and negative influences), Fundamentals (for success both on and off the court) and Teamwork (learning to work with others to obtain a common goal).
Created as a result of the 2016 Youth Violence Summit, the program was developed to fill the void left by the closing of Nashville’s Police Athletic League. With support from the Mayor’s Office, up to 600 youth can sign up for the free program, and participants are required to attend a minimum of two enrichment activities a month. The program will take place at the following Metro Parks community centers:
- East Regional Center, 600 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206
- Coleman Regional Center, 384 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37211
- Southeast Regional Center, 5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Suite 202, Antioch, TN 37013
- Hartman Regional Center, 2801 Tucker Road, Nashville, TN 37218
- Smith Springs Regional Center, 2801 Smith Springs Road, Nashville, TN 37217
- Antioch Community Center, 5023 Blue Hole Road, Antioch, TN 37013
- Easley Center at Rose Park, 1000 Edgehill Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
- Looby Community Center, 2301 Metro Center Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37228
- South Inglewood Community Center, 1624 Rebecca Street, Nashville, TN 37216
The deadline to sign up for the program is May 24 and spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. The program kicks off on June 8 and runs through July 20. To sign up, visit http://www.metroparkscraftbasketball.com