Upon entering each season, all program participants are expected to attend our winter basketball kickoff event called “Beyond Basketball”. Parents are also welcome and encouraged to attend for a better understanding of what Shea’s YBA is all about.
Beyond Basketball utilizes experienced guest speakers to share first-hand personal stories of struggle and perseverance. The speakers focus on the connection between sports, education, and living a healthy lifestyle. From substance abuse awareness and prevention (this is our prime focus), to crime prevention and the truth about the street life (hanging with the wrong crowd), to educating participants on diet and exercise, proper uses of social media (what’s okay and what’s not), anti-bullying, and the importance of academics inside and outside of sports. This portion of the Beyond Basketball event’s main objectives are to give the program participants the tools needed to make good choices when faced with negative influences and temptations, and to show them that if you don’t make excuses and never give up, you can turn any negative situation into a positive situation.