(For immediate release)
The US Ambassador to the UK, Robert Wood Johnson, met with young participants of Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) and its Jump2it Programme on Thursday 3rd May to learn first-hand the impact the sport is having on turning the lives around of some of Scotland’s young people.
The Ambassador, who is an avid basketball fan, is visiting Scotland to attend a memorial service in Islay to commemorate the centennial anniversary of two WWI disasters involving U.S. servicemen. He spent time with the young people from Glasgow’s Philomena’s School, along with other participants of SSF and members of the Glasgow Rocks basketball team whilst on a tour of the Emirates arena.
The Jump2it Programme is delivered in some of Scotland’s most deprived communities and encourages young people ‘at risk’ to get involved in weekly basketball sessions. Through working with role models from the Rocks and other partners, it also provides classroom teaching on health education to enable the participants to make healthy lifestyle choices. The programme, which is open to 9 to 12 year olds, received $5,000 funding from the US Consulate last year which was used to stage a Glasgow wide tournament.
Susan A. Wilson, Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh, said: “We were thrilled that Ambassador Johnson visited Glasgow Rocks and Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) as part of his recent trip to Scotland.
“The U.S. Mission to the UK has been delighted to partner with SSF on its incredible ‘Jump2it’ program. Not only do the young folk learn about basketball, they are taught life-skills and the importance of team work.
“The work of SSF is simply inspirational and we were pleased Ambassador Johnson was able to see this for himself in Glasgow.”
The SSF programme participants who met the Ambassador included Precious Miene, Jacqueline Anderson, Amanda Hiddleston and Duncan Watson who take part in weekly basketball sessions across Scotland. They were joined by Glasgow Rocks players Earl Brown and Nate Brit.
Pam Hunter, CEO, Scottish Sports Futures added:
“We were delighted that the Ambassador was able to take time out of his schedule to meet with our young people. We’ve always a great affinity with the US as a number of the Rocks players are American and our young people love to hear all about the country and their different lifestyles.”
US Ambassador to the UK Robert Wood Johnson meets with young people from SSf programmes at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Thursday 3rd May 2018 as part of a two day visit to Scotland.
About Scottish Sports Futures
Through its network of 70 qualified coaches and over 200 volunteers, SSF delivers a number of free key sports driven programmes in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Fife, Dumfries and Galloway, Argyle, and Ayrshire engaging more than 10,000 young disadvantaged people annually.
Programmes includes Active East, Shell Twilight Basketball, Jump2it, Education Through Cashback and Healthy Powerful Communities – MEND.
As well as providing sports led sessions the programmes tackle lifestyle issues such as obesity, drug and anti-social behaviour, working with community partners and encouraging young people into education and employment opportunities.
In addition, the charity provides practical training workshops for people delivering sport in local communities.