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Our cornerstone is the improvement of the lives of young people. Over the past years, the foundation’s vision of ensuring that the youth of our community remember the legacy of Josh Gibson while providing opportunities that will improve their lives has made significant progress. Through exposure to life skills coaching and educational support, the Josh Gibson Foundation has become an instrument for positive change in the Pittsburgh community; however, the next step in the journey - the Josh Gibson Academy - has yet to be fulfilled.
Creating a safe haven where our future legends can focus on preparing for college, successful careers, and learning the game of baseball, requires dedicated facilities. Funding, staffing and opening the Josh Gibson Academy is the next focus of the Josh Gibson Foundation.
The Josh Gibson Foundation is very pleased to announce its partnership with the School of Business Administration at Duquesne University to bring a new, innovative curriculum to high school students in the Pittsburgh Public School District this fall. The new program, The Business of Sports Academy (BOSA), will introduce high school students to different career opportunities in sports beyond the playing surface. Students who complete the three-year program will have the ability to earn up to nine college credits through Duquesne.
This program is currently housed in partnership with Ozanam Basketball Program at the Ammon Recreational Center courtesy of City of Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation. Children are assisted with homework and mentored in life-skills by tutors provided by Duquesne University. A strong partnership with the Pittsburgh Public Schools ensures that the tutors have the appropriate tools necessary to successfully assist students with varying abilities.
Requirments: Ages 7-13
Times: Monday - Thursday 4-5:30pm
The Josh Gibson Foundation provides motivational/mentoring programming. Showing at risk children, a larger world outside of their community full of options is the goal. Motivational guest speakers are brought in from the community to speak with students about their futures, career options, and personal growth. Above all, the speakers encourage education and responsibility as the means of improving oneself.Cultural Program
The cultural program covers many topics including: the history of organized labor in Southwestern Pennsylvania, the steel industry, the jazz age culture of the Hill District in Pittsburgh, the history of Homestead, the plays of August Wilson, and Negro League Baseball. After the instruction, learning will be assessed through a group discussion.