Red Rush Basketball Leadership Program

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.

The R.U.S.H. Philosophy

Reach the youth
through basketball.

Attract kids with basketball and the promise of training, fun, and competition.

Uplift the community
by uplifting the youth.

As trusts builds, introduce the kids to new life skills, mentorship, and career counseling.

Share the wins
and inspire others.

Showcase the success of graduates to drive more kids into the program.

Help those in need by
giving back to the community.

Volunteering initiatives as a part of the program and in an ongoing capacity the community.

The Red Rush program in 2019

12

Volunteers

30

Coaches / Mentors

300

Kids enrolled

40

courses / workshops / seminars

13

Tournaments

100%

Entirely volunteerd-run

The impact on lives of Montreal Kids.

Over

75%

of participants have graduated high school and continued on to CEGEP, college, or trade school. These kids are also from difficult situations in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Montreal.

Total

15%

of participants in the program will be the first in their family to attend college or university.

Over

80%

of participants return to the program year-after-year.

Taking their game to the next level by…

Basketball

  • Weekly team practice
  • Tournaments (Local, USA / CAN, MTL City Classic)
  • Individual training (1-1 with Coach/ mentor)
  • Small group training
  • Weekly skills development courses
  • Speed, agility & personal training
  • Special clinics with invited guests
  • ID Camp (Open recruitment event) & Tryouts
  • DR22 Basketball Camps (summer, Spring Break, etc.)
  • Junior NBA Program

Career Counseling

  • Volunteer Work(MCC Events, homeless shelters, academic events, sporting events, Volunteer Moving Services, Community Efforts, etc.)
  • Weekly Mindfulness & Yoga Classes
  • Health & emotional regulation counseling
  • Nutrition Seminars
  • Fitness sessions (2x per week)
  • Leadership, trust & inclusion Workshops
  • Goal-orientation Workshops with Board Members and Guest speakers
  • Personal skills workshops: Relationship building, communication, initiatives taking, etc.
  • The Duke Edinburgh Program (individual youth development)

Leadership Training

  • Weekly team practice
  • Tournaments (Local, USA / CAN, MTL City Classic)
  • Individual training (1-1 with Coach/ mentor)
  • Small group training
  • Weekly skills development courses
  • Speed, agility & personal training
  • Special clinics with invited guests
  • ID Camp (Open recruitment event) & Tryouts
  • DR22 Basketball Camps (summer, Spring Break, etc.)
  • Junior NBA Program

Why this matters...

01

Structured sports improve mental health & outcomes for participants

02

Children from lower income households have less chance to participate in sports

03

Sports provide a significant boost in confidence and career outcomes

Chris Marinak, Major League Baseball Executive VP

We need to realize that the youth sports model is being disrupted in the same sense that the newspaper industry, cable TV, books and (so many other sectors) have been. ... What we need to do is redefine the value proposition and show that (sports) is a much better experience (than digital entertainment) for kids because it provides so many benefits from the standpoint of health, social interaction, and leadership skills development.”

Chris Marinak, Major League Baseball Executive VP

We need to realize that the youth sports model is being disrupted in the same sense that the newspaper industry, cable TV, books and (so many other sectors) have been. ... What we need to do is redefine the value proposition and show that (sports) is a much better experience (than digital entertainment) for kids because it provides so many benefits from the standpoint of health, social interaction, and leadership skills development.”

Chris Marinak, Major League Baseball Executive VP

We need to realize that the youth sports model is being disrupted in the same sense that the newspaper industry, cable TV, books and (so many other sectors) have been. ... What we need to do is redefine the value proposition and show that (sports) is a much better experience (than digital entertainment) for kids because it provides so many benefits from the standpoint of health, social interaction, and leadership skills development.”

Chris Marinak, Major League Baseball Executive VP

We need to realize that the youth sports model is being disrupted in the same sense that the newspaper industry, cable TV, books and (so many other sectors) have been. ... What we need to do is redefine the value proposition and show that (sports) is a much better experience (than digital entertainment) for kids because it provides so many benefits from the standpoint of health, social interaction, and leadership skills development.”

Chris Marinak, Major League Baseball Executive VP

We need to realize that the youth sports model is being disrupted in the same sense that the newspaper industry, cable TV, books and (so many other sectors) have been. ... What we need to do is redefine the value proposition and show that (sports) is a much better experience (than digital entertainment) for kids because it provides so many benefits from the standpoint of health, social interaction, and leadership skills development.”

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"Red Rush alumni have the tools to succeed at all levels, from professional athletes to those who choose a trade"

Over the past 14 years, Red Rush has
touched the lives of over 1000 kids.