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Youth Basketball (Our Lady of Fatima)

Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Perth Amboy, NJ

Donation Goal: $3,000




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Since 1969, Our Lady of Fatima Perth Amboy Wolves youth basketball teams has provided opportunities for young men and women to learn discipline and teamwork and come to understand their own value through the support of the community. The all-volunteer program staff use basketball as a way to get kids involved and help them overcome the challenges they face; the program is based on the belief that if even one life is changed, it’s worth it! Their motto is, “You can’t change them all, but if you change one, your work is done.”

The program serves 30 to 60 young people between the boys and girls teams. Currently there are two teams, a JV Freshmen team for 9th- and 10th-grade, and a Senior team for 11th- and 12th-grade. When funding allows, the program also sponsors a cheerleading squad for middle schoolers.

Many of the youth involved come from immigrant families or minority backgrounds. The basketball program aims to help participants focus on things outside of their everyday struggles or distractions. The kids thrive and are willing to give their all knowing that they are believed in and valued by adults and peers in their community. Supportive programs like this are vital in this community where many students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and face a myriad of challenges at home.

For the Wolves, personal growth and development is as important as winning basketball games. Not only does the team practice four days a week from October to May and play at least one game a week, they also participate in volunteer opportunities together, attend Mass at the parish every week as a team, and are held to high academic standards. If a player fails to meet these expectations, they will sit out during games, even if it means losing a championship.

Another important aspect of the program is the development of leadership. The current head of the program originally became involved as a player in the 1990s, and many other former players have come back to volunteer either with the team or with other initiatives in the community.

Your donation to the St. Jude League Community Development will help fund vital programs in our communities, like those at Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Learn more about issues relevant to youth and how St. Jude League Community Development aids communities experiencing need on our Issues pages.