Throughout the past five years, the YMCA of Greater Cleveland and the Cavs have worked side by side to develop programs that strengthen our community. This partnership came about after multiple meetings and discussions with the Cavaliers about how we could positively impact the kids and families of Northeast Ohio.
Through these discussions, the Jr. Cavs Youth Basketball program was born. Jr. Cavs promotes learning the fundamentals of basketball in a non-competitive setting. The goal is to equip each player with the skills, confidence, and sportsmanship to foster love for the game of basketball starting at a young age.
The partnership between the YMCA of Greater Cleveland and the Cavaliers has become a model for others throughout the country. "What we've started here at the Cleveland Y has now been recognized at the NBA and Y-USA level as the gold standard for YMCA/NBA partnerships,” says Jarrod Williams, Executive Director of Youth Sports and Development. “Different YMCAs in NBA cities are now modeling and mirroring their partnership off of what we have here in Cleveland.”
This program presents many exciting opportunities for Cleveland’s youth including: one free ticket to a Cavs game, a Jr. Cavaliers reversible jersey, the chance to participate during in-game fan experiences throughout the season and the chance to take part in a skills clinic on the court of the Q at our annual Greater Cleveland YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day.
The program runs all year long, serving 6,000 kids across 13 branches annually. “We are creating an impact,” says Williams. “Some of the kids we serve would never have a chance to attend a Cleveland Cavaliers game or visit the Q if it weren't for this program. Any time you can bring to organizations together that care so deeply about the communities they serve, good things happen."
To learn more about this popular program or to sign up, please visit: http://www.clevelandymca.org/jr-cavs.html