Covenant Min­istries re­ceives grant for bas­ket­ball men­tor­ing pro­gram

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Covenant (Brit) Min­istries Inc. in Es­sex is the re­cip­i­ent of a 2016 Com­mu­nity Cham­pion grant award from Con­stel­la­tion en­ergy, an Ex­e­celon Com­pany, for its Covenant Bas­ket­ball Men­tor­ing Pro­gram. The grant award al­lows the pro­gram to pur­chase equip­ment that will be used to de­velop fun­da­men­tal skills youth need to mas­ter the game.

The Covenant Bas­ket­ball Men­tor­ing Pro­gram teaches life skills through bas­ket­ball to de­velop char­ac­ter and to equip youth for suc­cess by show­ing how the game is rel­e­vant to every­day life. Youth par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram will grow in re­spon­si­bil­ity and con­fi­dence. The pro­gram guides youth in grades 6-12 through twelve prin­ci­ples that help de­velop life and lead­er­ship skills — vi­sion, team­work, dis­ci­pline, re­spect, con­fi­dence, hu­mil­ity, con­sis­tency/re­li­a­bil­ity, sports­man­ship, choices, at­ti­tude, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and hon­esty. Each les­son cor­re­lates the prin­ci­ples of the game to fam­ily, school/busi­ness and spir­i­tu­al­ity. For ex­am­ple, youth must be im­preg­nated with vi­sion to im­prove their per­for­mance on the court. In the same way they must de­velop an op­er­a­tive vi­sion of their fu­ture to grow and thrive. Like­wise bas­ket­ball strat­egy, tac­tics and plays not only teach the im­por­tance of team work, but also var­i­ous ways to reach life’s out­comes. Us­ing the lessons learned from the youths’ de­sire to max­i­mize their po­ten­tial on the court, the men­tor­ing pro­gram will guide the mentees to be­gin think­ing about what they want out of life — ca­reer, fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment and per­sonal char­ac­ter.

The bas­ket­ball men­tor­ing pro­gram meets at 5 p.m. each Wed­nes­day at Covenant Min­istries, 436 Eastern Boule­vard and runs through Septem­ber. To reg­is­ter or vol­un­teer con­tact Robert Squire 610-609-0509 or to donate call 410-686-7229.

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The Covenant Bas­ket­ball Men­tor­ing Pro­gram teaches life skills through bas­ket­ball to de­velop char­ac­ter and to equip youth for suc­cess by show­ing how the game is rel­e­vant to every­day life.

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