Friday, May 11, 2018

Court U is All about Giving Back to the Community

In terms of Central Ohio basketball, few families have been more involved and have influenced as many lives as the Joseph family. Chris Joseph and his wife Kelly have coached basketball at multiple levels for many years and are well known in the area.  In addition, their children, Tyler (27), Jay (19), Zack (27) and Maddy (23) have all excelled on the court to varying degrees.  

Based on the Joseph faimly's desire to give back to the local basketball community, Tyler Joseph and his very successful 21 Pilot Band started the Court U Foundation almost 3 years ago.  Part of the foundation’s mission is to give back to disadvantaged youth through basketball camps and other youth-related events.  

Annually, the foundation hosts a camp for about 35 elite high school boys from both the Columbus City and suburban high school leagues. This 4-day camp features skill and drill work, 5-on-5 competition and guest speakers who provide a positive and sometimes spiritual message to the campers. Also, the camp has traditionally been held at the Ohio State University and routinely attracts about 12-14 counselors, most of whom have previously played high school, college and/or professional basketball at some level. Through local donations and foundation funding, the camp is entirely free to all participants. 

Moreover, because our mission also involves supporting disadvantaged youth, over the next couple of months the Buckeye Prep Report will be looking for opportunities to collaborate with Joesph and the Court U Foundation and to provide media coverage for their events.  For additional information about the Court U Foundation and their events visit their website at: Court U Foundation.