Basketball is a growing sport around the world. While there are a lot of factors that play into the sport’s impressive growth since it was first played in 1891, one of the most significant factors is the cultivation of the love of the sport in younger generations through experiences and education. Grandparents, parents, siblings, and friends, as well as leadership within the sport, all play a part in fostering the love of the game.
One way the Utah Jazz help younger generations grow to love basketball is through the Jazz Youth program. One of the biggest components of the Jazz Youth program is the Junior Jazz which serves youth in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona, Montana, and Nevada, and is the longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA. The program focuses on helping young basketball lovers develop basic skills in basketball, as well as teamwork and sportsmanship. The program is open to girls and boys no matter their abilities.
Another way the Jazz instill a love of hoops in the younger generation is by hosting clinics for children between the ages of 7 and 17. Rookie clinics are available to youth ages 7 to 14. These clinics focus on helping youth learn how to compete on the court by developing their skills and confidence. Skill-specific clinics are also available for youth ages 7 to 17.
These clinics focus on offensive skills, post skills, and guard skills by concentrating on shooting, passing, dribbling, and defense. They allow the youth to interact with members of the Utah Jazz organization while also receiving high-quality insight and instruction into the sport. Recently, the Jazz have focused on cultivating players in the Rocky Mountain region by extending clinic options into Idaho in addition to Utah.
Another way the Utah Jazz help children interact with the team is through the Jazz Kid Club, which provides children with different fan experiences based on membership. (Families can choose from a Rookie Membership or upgraded All-Star version with more perks).
In addition to focusing on kids, the Jazz Youth program also cultivates positive adult participation. They accomplish this by recognizing not only children, but also coaches and parents who put a lot of effort into their leagues and programs. This recognition comes in the form of a sportsmanship award. The kids, parents, and coaches who are top-ranking sportsmanship winners get to attend a party hosted at the Utah Jazz’s home: Vivint Smart Home Arena.
While the Jazz Youth program is focused on fostering basketball skills in children, it brings much more to the table. Kids, parents, and coaches who participate in the program will cultivate friendships while developing a new generation of well-rounded basketball lovers who have what it takes to succeed on and off the court.