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GBA’s mission is to empower youth by developing their athletic skills, leadership, work ethic, world view, and enhancing their commitment to the community.
The Big Idea
GBA believes in empowering youth by creating coaching and referee jobs that will give them the confidence and experience to work with younger children.
Through the GBA league, we train and prepare youth for the work force by teaching character building through our referee job training program. During Academy nights, high school students volunteer as coaches. They mentor the 4-12-year-old participants by leading stations, coaching teams, and demonstrating key basketball skills. Coach Gil and Central Coast Section Officials train the high school students as referees and scorekeepers. They learn how to serve as officials during a game, which also teaches them responsibility, reliability, and…they developed a true respect for referees! It is fulfilling to finally compensate the youth monetarily; most of them have been volunteering for years. With this income, many say they can purchase shoes for the season and other necessities.
“My first year in GBA, I was shy, uncomfortable and my skills were not that great. Since then, my confidence, academics, and basketball skills have improved by a lot. GBA is like a second family. Every time I go to practice I feel safe and happy. GBA has given me so many opportunities in my life and to many other people.”
— Gabriela Godinez, Age 15, Salinas