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CAVS Youth Basketball and NBA Veteran Antawn Jamison Team Up To Raise Funds for Student Athletes
Seasoned veterans of the basketball world will unite this month, raising funds to aid inspiring young basketball players ages, 5-18.
The CAVS Annual Capital Campaign invites donors to assist with funds that will be used for rapidly increasing gym fees, equipment, uniform costs, travel expenses and scholarships for youth as young as 5 years old, through 18. The mission of the campaign is to help young boys and girls who want to play basketball learn, grow and prosper not only as superior student athletes, but as responsible and respectable citizens—despite their economic backgrounds.
While accepted donations can be as low as a few dollars, the target is to raise between $25,000-$50,000 for the upcoming 2013-2014 CAVS Basketball Season, which kicks off with first practices and workouts on October 1, 2013. Open tryouts for new youth yearning to take their basketball skills to the next level, will be announced shortly thereafter.
CAVS Youth Basketball and Jamison will expand the CAVS Capital Campaign by teaming up with additional celebrities and athletes in order to help provide educational tutoring for youth in core subjects such as English, reading, math and science, community volunteer services, youth mentoring, a new athletic league for girls and better scholarship opportunities for student athletes and underprivileged youth. In addition to professional athletes, actors, models, radio personalities, comedians and heavy-hitters in the music industry are being drawn in to help raise funds for these projects.
CAVS Youth Basketball and Antawn Jamison share a particularly strong passion to help those in need. The collective goal is to develop youth, mentally, emotionally and physically, in order to help them stay off of the streets.
CAVS Youth Basketball, whose lengthy alumni list includes notable athletes such as CBA’s Gilbert Arenas (Shanghai Sharks), NFL’s Cameron James (New Orleans Saints) and Jimmy Clausen, rising college players Tanner Samson (Elon University), Ryan White (Chico State), Kris Yanku (Northern Arizona) and many more, has provided premium athletic training, financial scholarships, personal and academic development, moral and social support to thousands of young boys and girls throughout the San Fernando Valley, ranging in age from 5-18 for over 26 years.
The CAVS nationally-ranked teams play at the highest levels of AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) competition for youth basketball. More importantly, the commitment, discipline and hard work youth learned on the court through the CAVS program, helped make them responsible young citizens off the court.
“CAVS Youth Basketball is like the NBA for youth. Our foundation points for success begin with dedication, hard work, teaching of the fundamentals and sportsmanship. Our kids have fun, but they are taught to work hard and results are achieved—even from the very first practice.” said CAVS Youth Basketball President and Founder, Darryl McDonald.
Aside from being the first youth sports organization to host an interactive, “Annual Online Open House”, the CAVS also hosts two major (and sold out) youth basketball tournaments annually—the CAVS Summer Classic, which successfully just wrapped in June, to raise funds for youth enrichment--and the CAVS Holiday Winter Classic, in December, which, although smaller, closely models the “all under one roof” success of the annual Jam On It Basketball Tournament in Reno, Nevada, the largest in the world.
CAVS Youth also fed the homeless at the Hope of The Valley Rescue Mission last year, with Actor Quinton Aaron (“The Blind Side”) in tow and each year, the CAVS hosts multiple toy drives for the M.E.N.D. (Meet Each Need With Dignity) charity.
As for Antawn Jamison, the 6’9, 15-Year Veteran Forward, who played with the Lakers last season and currently graces the Los Angeles Clippers lineup, already boasts a massive track record of helping out the less fortunate. He has spent countless hours awarding scholarships for student athletes, launching multiple charity programs, donating to food banks and feeding the homeless at various homeless shelters. He not only supports StandUp For Kids, which helps street kids get an education, by donating $2 for every point he scores, but previously launched a campaign called “A Better Tomorrow”, which he uses to provide underprivileged children a chance at a better future.
While still with the Washington Wizards, Jamison teamed up with KaBOOM!, an organization that empowers communities to build playgrounds for children. He additionally spent over $28,000 providing over 3,000 pair of shoes for men at a shelter in North Carolina and was awarded the Magic Johnson Award. The award honors an NBA player who combines excellence on the court with outstanding cooperation with the media and, by extension, the fans.
The list is endless for both, who have, over multiple decades, yielded a successful track record of keeping youth off of the streets, enabling them to become productive members of the community.
Teaming up for the CAVS Capital Campaign will serve to provide youth in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding communities an opportunity, through basketball, to develop skills such as discipline, commitment, loyalty, responsibility, respect and self-worth.
“Young people need to know that someone cares about them. To have someone believe in what you are trying to achieve makes all the difference in the world.” Jamison stated.
Donations made to the CAVS organization via the Capital Campaign qualify as charitable contributions. Donate by visiting the organization’
To learn more about CAVS Youth Basketball, all interested parties can visit the organization’