One basket at a time
The Artie Rabin Basketball Program was a gift from philanthropists Artie and Selma Rabin to honor their grandchildren.
Artie and Selma Rabin are partial owners of the Brooklyn Nets, and have been instrumental in developing a program for South Sudan, and for which they donated four basketball courts. The courts have an active program where local men and women learn the rules of the game and with coach Santino, practice every evening.
The purpose of the program is to encourage team building, confidence, peace education, and literacy. The teams had three players participate in the all-country competition and made up three of the ten players from Northern Bahr el Ghazal State in South Sudan. The state team came in third for the entire country!
Women have a difficult time participating because of the lack of female hygeine products and basic needs such as soap to wash uniforms.
The program encourages team building, confidence, peace education, and literacy.
THE ENTIRE PROGRAM COSTS $26,000 PER YEAR.
We use the money as follows:
COACHING $ 4,800
TRANSPORTATION, FOOD AND LODGING $ 7,500
FOR TEAM MEMBERS COMPETITONS
FOR TUTORING, BOOKS TO $ 3,000
ENCOURGE LITERACY AND SCHOLARSHIPS
SOAP, TEAM DINNERS, HYGIENE PRODUCTS $ 4,000
FOR WOMEN PLAYERS, AWARDS