The Issue: Lack of Access to Gyms in Pontiac
In the last 10 years, the Pontiac Board of Education has allowed the Pontiac Cobras Basketball Organization to use its school gyms at no cost. Due to the school system's current budget deficit, however, the schools now want to charge the organization for use of the gyms.
The Campaign: Host Basketball Camps for Inner-City Boys
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Pontiac Cobras Basketball Organization can sponsor a basketball camp for 20 inner-city boys in second–eighth grades. At the camps, kids learn basketball fundamentals and coaches emphasize the importance of a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and discipline. Each additional $50 raised will be used to help two more boys attend the camp.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Pontiac Cobras Basketball Organization
Pontiac Cobras Basketball Organization serves as a basketball-skills and personal-growth development program for players who aspire to be student athletes in high school and potentially play at the collegiate level. Through advanced training, teaching, and competitions, the organization helps youths reach their basketball goals in addition to excelling in school.
Pontiac Cobras teams participate in AAU tournaments and camps for players of various ages. In 2011, its eighth-grade team won the AAU Division II state championship, and the sixth-grade team placed in the top 16.