The Shea’s YBA “Lend a Hand” program consists of community outreach projects that take place each year (primarily in the fall). Whether it be a Shea’s YBA event, accompanying us in efforts to collaborate with other local nonprofits, or assisting with town projects from time to time. Prior to completion of the winter program, each player is required to complete at least 4 hours of community service in some aspect of the Shea’s YBA “Lend a Hand Program”.
The “Lend a Hand” program was developed with the intention of teaching the participants responsibility, compassion, and the importance of giving back to their community. This component of the organization gives all interested players a chance to earn their free spot in the winter basketball league, by attending community outreach projects and improving the quality of life and living situations of people residing in the surrounding communities. Since there is no cost to the league, this also acts as a commitment deposit and gives us confidence that said participant will be there at the start of the season, the middle, and the end.
Players that do not complete their community service prior to the start of the winter basketball league, will be required to leave a $50 commitment deposit that is refundable by request, upon completion of their community service. Leaving the $50 deposit does not excuse a player from their community service, but does allow them to start the winter basketball season. Participants will be given opportunities during the season to complete their community service, but if the service is not complete prior to the start of the playoffs, the participant will be ineligible to play.