Basketball Empowers 200 Chinese Migrant Girls

Jan 2, 2013

Fall 2012 Update

Dear ABC Friends and Family,

We would like to take this time to congratulate all of our Fall Partners. More than 85 migrant youth girls and 19 volunteer coaches from 4 different migrant schools in Beijing recently completed 8 weeks of ABC TALENT's 4C's (Courage, Care, Confidence and Commitment) leadership training.

New schools and old schools alike stepped out strong this semester at Diyi Xingongmin, Peng Ying, Xing Hua, and Zhen Hua.

End-of-semester games took place at individual schools, where students showed they got game! Reflected on the court were Courage, Care, Confidence, and Commitment skills gained in each of 8 day-long practice sessions designed to build strong hearts, minds, and bodies in school communities surrounding Beijing.

Best Regards,

ABC Family

Oct 2, 2012

Old School Versus New School

TALENT is kicking off its new Fall 2012 Semester. Practice sessions are building toward the semester-end tournament: its going to be new school versus old school. May the best team win!

New School

This season has expanded ABC's partnerships to 2 new schools. The first new school, Qing Hong Lan School has doubled-up on volunteers, boasting 8 rookie coaches for the school's 21 fresh players. The second, Shu Ren school carries a deep talent pool in its team of 28 players - to be coached by 4 additional first-time volunteers!

Old School

Veteran teams include past champions from Peng Ying School, where 4 new coaches have been brought on to train the 26 payer team of mostly returning players. Zhen Hua School is also returning with a small, but well-seasoned, team of 13 players to be trained by 4 volunteer coaches - some of whom are also returning to TALENT for a second season.

Competition: The Fifth 'C'

TALENT trains girls in poor, marginal Beijing communities to be Caring, Courageous, Confident, and Committed team players on the court and in life. Each training session pairs basketball skills training and one of the 4Cs to empower players to make better decisions and display strong individual conduct within a team. The court is where the competitive process challenges girls to put into play their new bball skills - in addition to the life skills that will serve them and their future teams off the court in the game of life. Competition brings it all together - and in this game the players always win!






Jul 6, 2012

ABC Talent Basketball Spring 2012 Tournament

ABC TALENT Basketball Program: Spring 2012 Interschool Tournament

It’s Game Time!

On Saturday, June 9, sounds of intense competition filled the gymnasium of St. Paul American School (SPAS) as 77 players, 113 student spectators, 11 ABC staff, 11 partner school principals and teachers, 20 SPAS high school volunteers, and 37 TALENT volunteers gathered to participate in the 2nd TALENT inter-school basketball tournament!
Each of ABC’s four partner schools divided into two teams, and played 3 rounds. The teams of young, capable female athletes who have been training this past semester not only showed off their basketball skills, but also demonstrated their understanding of teamwork and competitive camaraderie. Xinghe overcame Zhenhua to win-it, and was recognized with a trophy (see below) and a museum field trip for all 23 basketball players, courtesy of our event sponsor, Sinopec Engineering Incorporation. Tournament final rivals met at half-stage to shake hands to conclude the award ceremony. 

Thanks to all the dedicated coaches/teachers who made it out to the courts every Saturday to train the players, including the delivery of lessons with important character development implications on and off the court!

- ABC Family

ABC TALENT Basketball Program: Spring 2012 Interschool Tournament  


It’s Game Time!

On Saturday, June 9, sounds of intense competition filled the gymnasium of St. Paul American School (SPAS) as 77 players, 113 student spectators, 11 ABC staff, 11 partner school principals and teachers, 20 SPAS high school volunteers, and 37 TALENT volunteers gathered to participate in the 2nd TALENT inter-school basketball tournament! 

Each of ABC’s four partner schools divided into two teams, and played 3 rounds. The teams of young, capable female athletes who have been training this past semester not only showed off their basketball skills, but also demonstrated their understanding of teamwork and competitive camaraderie. Xinghe overcame Zhenhua to win-it, and was recognized with a trophy (see below) and a museum field trip for all 23 basketball players, courtesy of our event sponsor, Sinopec Engineering Incorporation. Tournament final rivals met at half-stage to shake hands to conclude the award ceremony.  

Thanks to all the dedicated coaches/teachers who made it out to the courts every Saturday to train the players, including the delivery of lessons with important character development implications on and off the court! 

Apr 11, 2012

ABC TALENT Basketball Spring 2012

Dear ABC Supporters,

On March 24 the TALENT Basketball Program started its Spring 2012 Semester, bringing together on the court seasoned players and coaches, as well as new recruits, to collaborate and compete in the spirit of the 4Cs: Courage, Commitment, Care, and Confidence. 

Returning players include 44 students from Zhenhua School, Xinghe Bilingual School, and Pengying School. 

New recruits include 16 students from our newest migrant school partner, Diyi Xingongmin School! 

During the first session, TALENT rolled-out a freshly revised basketball skills curriculum. The revision efforts aimed to make basic training concepts easy-to-understand for youth new to the sport's skills, rules, and strategies. Curriculum development was led by a professional basketball player, with experience coaching youth in Korea and China. We hope that the accessibility of this curriculum will result in even more confident young female athletes!

Most importantly, the 4Cs continues to be the central component of the TALENT Basketball Program. We welcome 17 new volunteers who have committed 3 months of their time to 4Cs lesson planning and delivery, as well as skills coaching. We thank our volunteers for modeling and communicating soft skills and value sets that will benefit players as they encounter challenges on and off the court. 

For more details, including pictures of our newest partner school, and student anecdotes, see attached newsletter. 

Thanks for your continued interest and support in the empowerment of Chinese migrant girls via basketball! 

Jan 16, 2012

ABC Hosts 1st Inter-School Girls B-Ball Tourney

Dear ABC Supporters,

In December 2011, ABC TALENT Girls Basketball Program concluded yet another successful semester working toward our mission to empower girls who are students in Beijing’s migrant school communities with The 4 C’s (see below).

The semester’s conclusion was all the more exciting, as we hosted our first inter-school basketball tournament!  This culminating event brought together 100 migrant girls in a spirit of community competition and group accomplishment.  The tournament bridged migrant school communities with a diverse group of volunteers. The event was made possible by 16 youth volunteers and basketball coaching staff from Qing Hua International Middle School, 20 members of expat Girl Scout Troupes of Beijing, 28 ABC Volunteers, and Staff. Additional attendees included representatives from Lacoste, a corporate partner in our court construction project at Xiwang Zhixing School, and certified volunteer referees from Beijing Sport University.

Please see attachment to see pictures from the event.

Thanks for your contribution to our Basketball Program's continued success.

Marin Ping


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