The Red Rush Basketball Leadership Program is offered in the spring and summer for boys and girls ages 11 to 18. This program enables team members to stay on track, athletically and academically, throughout the summer as well as develop new leadership skills and engage in community service.


Program Overview

Red Rush is Montreal Community Cares Foundation’s summer basketball leadership and mentorship program. Thanks to Red Rush, student-athletes will stay on track, athletically and academically, throughout the summer. Red Rush provides its players with the opportunity to take their game to the next level both mentally and physically.

Program Goals and Outcomes

  • Build community engagement using a human rights approach to work with youth on leadership issues
  • Engage youth in activities that foster leadership and effective communication
  • Expose youth to human rights issues through specific activities
  • Facilitate opportunities for youth to demonstrate growth and leadership

Mandatory for All Athletes

  • Individual skills improvement
  • Practices
  • Communication workshops
  • Fundraising (possible mini-basketball clinics for the youth)
  • Community service

The Red Rush basketball team is made up of some of Montreal’s most talented young basketball players, many coming from underprivileged neighbourhoods. These young players are not only developing their skills on the court, but they are also being taught life skills such as perseverance, decision-making and proper work habits including:

  • Time management
  • Writing CVs and job application process
  • Volunteering in the community
  • Making positive choices
  • Creating proper study habits
  • Creating proper training habits
  • Understanding the importance of school and their sport

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