More Than a Basketball Clinic

Last summer, Neighborhood House Health Initiative Educator Jess Soler realized that many youth in our programs wanted to take their basketball skills to the next level. Most of them had never played in an organized way, so she and NH Teen Program Assistant Red Jones collaborated on a basketball skills workshop. It drew so much interest that they reached out to Marquette Basketball Alum and founder of the Chapman Basketball Academy, Joe Chapman, to lead winter and spring sessions.

Joe knows that basketball is a way to teach players about more than winning and losing, as personal accountability, teamwork, and a positive attitude, are traits needed both on and off the court. The Chapman Basketball Academy focuses on players understanding “basketball skills and technique in the context of life”, so that they can progress in both successfully. Joe is no stranger to hard work and eventual success. In high school he was a 2x First Team All- State recipient, McDonald’s All- American Nominee, and holds the record for All-Time leading scorer. He then played at Marquette University, where he made a Final Four appearance in 2003. After 11 years playing professionally internationally, he has now dedicated his time to sharing his work ethic through the Chapman Basketball Academy.

The spring session of the CBA Skills Clinic, hosted at NH and led by Joe, is in full swing! Running weekly from April 5th through June 7th, NH youth have been developing their fundamental basketball skills, as well as learning life lessons. This summer, NH plans to incorporate the CBA Skills Clinic into our University Kid’s Club and Teen summer programming, so that 65+ players can take part. It has been an enriching partnership that Neighborhood House is proud and honored to hold with Joe Chapman and the Chapman Basketball Academy.

For any questions regarding the CBA Skills Clinic, please contact Jess Soler at (414) 933-6161 ext. 155. If your 13-17 year old is interested in partaking in the summer session, note that enrollment into out Teens On The Move summer program is required. You can learn more by contacting Staci Mays at or (414) 933-6161 ext. 137.

Interested in supporting the CBA Skills Clinic here at NH? Please consider donating, as this program can only stay active when supporters like you value it!


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