Sports and Literacy
Research consistently shows that both literacy education and extra-curricular activities, such as sports, lead to higher academic achievement. Ensuring that sports and literacy are active parts of children's lives helps them move one step closer to academic success. By offering reduced or free game admission for children, the ABA demonstrates its commitment to encouraging all children to enjoy the sport of basketball, thereby furthering their interest in after-school activities.
ClickN KIDS is pleased to donate free ClickN READ and ClickN SPELL program subscriptions to the BullyFree ABA program, which has a strong presence in schools nationwide. ClickN KIDS and the ABA share the belief that augmenting a child's literacy education with both sports and programs like ClickN READ and ClickN SPELL will help decrease bullying incidents in schools, especially given the direct link between literacy and self-esteem and the established notion that children bully other children due to a lack of self-esteem.
With more than 90 teams in 2011 and anticipating more than 100 teams in 2012, the ABA represents the largest professional sports league in Unites States history. The ABA also has a growing global league, an international player exchange program and a TV reality show. ABA and WABA basketballs will be in stores this winter.
The ABA Global division has since introduced international teams to the ABA such as China (Beijing Aoshen) and the Philippines (Smart Gilas). The ABA's upcoming global league, the World Basketball Cup, will showcase countries such as Mexico, Australia, Japan and Korea besides China and the Philippines and will be held in Las Vegas, USA.
The US-based league of the ABA is continually re-inventing itself in terms of its brand, players and style of play which stands out from the rest of the basketball world. It is positioned as the global league of the future, the benchmark of which is American basketball.
The program aims to present student awareness sessions that will assist schools in conflict resolution and decrease bullying incidences. Through its presentations, player testimonials and true-life examples, BullyFree ABA offers a remarkable experience designed to impact the social culture within a given school or organization.
BullyFree ABA was first established by the current CEO and Commissioner of the ABA, Mr. Joe Newman. A long-standing commissioner of the ABA, Mr. Newman recognized a need for this type of program firsthand when his own grandchildren experienced bullying.
As a national program, BullyFree ABA has garnered support from over 90 ABA franchise teams across the country. The organization's goal is to provide this unique program to the thousands of schools and organizations in each of the ABA's supporting cities. Through this intervention program, the ABA looks to reduce the incidences of physical, verbal, emotional, sexual and cyber bullying. Congruently, BullyFree ABA works to eliminate the negative outcomes of bullying, including suicides, truancy, crime and teacher abuse in schools.
Community Development Director for ABA Bully Program
Phone: (317) 697-0317