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Reducing Stress through Basketball

This summer, in collaboration with the Racial Empowerment Collaborative at the University of Pennsylvania, Springboard launched a new program for middle school boys called PLAAY (Preventing Long Term Anger and Aggression in Youth). PLAAY provides strategies for managing stress during intense face-to-face conflicts so boys can perform better in the classroom and in neighborhoods. The program uses the physical activity of basketball and culturally responsive group therapy to enhance participants’ capacity to challenge racial and gender stereotypes, develop interpersonal and school achievement skills, and build stronger bonds between parents and their children. Springboard is excited to implement PLAAY because research has shown PLAAY can reduce stress, increase racial coping assertiveness, and improve youth academic achievement.

PLAAY in action
PLAAY in action