Each One Teach One remains a staple for Harlem youth

Jaime C. Harris | 7/21/2016, 1:17 p.m.
For six decades and counting, Each One Teach One has been a staple of summer youth basketball in New York ...
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For six decades and counting, Each One Teach One has been a staple of summer youth basketball in New York City.

Based in Harlem, the program, which was co-founded in 1967 by basketball luminaries Bob McCullough and Fred Crawford, will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

Although Each One Teach One has been instrumental in the development of a multitude of youngsters’ skills on the court, with many who have gone on garnering athletic scholarships from colleges as well as playing professionally, its mission is rooted in fostering holistic growth in the countless participants it has served.

“Basketball is just one of the aspects of our program,” said Assistant Commissioner Marvin McCullough, who along with League Commissioner George Ball heads a staff that comprises 15 teenagers from the Department of Youth & Community Development summer employment initiative.

“Basketball is eye candy to get our kids to engage in academics and community building,” emphasized McCullough, a product of Each One Teach One who played college basketball for Iona.“We conduct college readiness, which includes taking our participants, regardless of what grade a student is in, on college tours. We’ve visited many HBCUs, [in addition] to Georgetown, Temple University and local colleges.”

The basketball tournament, which consists of Biddy, Middle School and High School divisions, is held at the iconic Rucker Park on weekends and has makeup games for rain-outs during the week. Each One Teach One also conducts daily outdoor basketball clinics, with a focus on fundamentals for youth aged 6 to 13 at 130th Street and Lexington Avenue Mondays through Thursdays.

McCullough reiterated that basketball is a tool to construct a foundation for other opportunities. “We want to make sure our kids understand that the game itself is a vehicle to be used to learn lessons such as teamwork and discipline that will carry over to other areas of their life that will lead to success,” he said.