Coach Kay Using Basketball To Create A Social Change In Jamaica and UMA Basketball makes an IMPACT

Coach Kay Using Basketball To Create A Social Change In Jamaica and UMA Basketball makes an IMPACT

Around The USCAA – 9-11-2017

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Coach Kay Using Basketball To Create A Social Change In Jamaica 

MEDIA, Pa. -- First-year Penn State Brandywine men's basketball coach Ben Kay was busy during the month of August, not only on the recruiting trail, but in Jamaica, where he spent a week coaching at the PMBL Treasure Beach Youth Basketball Camp.

From August 14-18, the PMBL provided campers, who are under-served and underprivileged youth ranging in age from 5-18, with transportation to and from camp, three meals per day and an assortment of gear. Now in its fifth year, Kay helped the camp fundraise over $30,000 which aided in purchasing 1,000 pairs of shoes, socks, jerseys, shorts, tank-tops and t-shirts for campers.

Kay, who is one of the camp's co-founders, worked alongside 50 coaches and NBA referee Mark Lindsay (a Delaware County native), teaching the fundamentals of basketball and some important life lessons to nearly 700 campers at the Treasure Beach Sports Park.

"This is my favorite week of the year. The kids in Treasure Beach, Jamaica are full of love, laughter and happiness and their great energy truly rubs off on the entire coaching staff," said Kay.

While the camp does feature work on fundamentals, games and motivational speakers, the week is about more than basketball. According to Kay, it is about working to accomplish different goals in a place where track and soccer, not basketball, rule the sports landscape.

"Basketball is more than just a game. It can be used to give back to a group of people to teach them the importance of teamwork and working as one unit to accomplish a common goal.  It is our job as coaches to use sports for social change and to bring together the "One Team, One Dream" motto to Jamaica. All of the coaches that come on this trip sacrifice their time, energy, and money and use sports for social change," added Kay.

For the first time this summer, camp counselors were joined by members of the Philadelphia Youth Basketball Organization. The young leaders from the Philadelphia area were given the opportunity to have a unique leadership experience by helping to run the camp.

Campers from the camp's first year continue to come back each August and Kay hopes that the PMBL Treasure Beach Youth Camp will continue to grow in the future as it has done each of the last five years.

*Article Courtesy of Penn State Brandywine Athletics Website



AUGUSTA, ME – In working with Team IMPACT, the UMA Athletic Department has announced the addition of two new members to the men’s and women’s basketball teams. 10-year-old Carter Blanche and 6-year-old Emma Blanche of Maine were formally introduced during a press conference on Thursday, August 31st in the Fireside Lounge in the Randall Student Center surrounded by their parents, student-athletes, coaches, staff, and faculty.

Both Emma and Carter signed their letters of intent to the cheers of UMA’s student-athletes and they celebrated their commitments with a team dinner.

Emma and Carter are both involved with Team IMPACT, a non-profit program that matches up children who are facing life-threatening illnesses with athletic teams. Core to their model is harnessing the power of teamwork by matching these courageous kids with college athletic teams. Children who are involved with Team IMPACT are drafted onto local college athletic teams and to the greatest extent possible, become an official member of the team for the duration of their treatment and beyond.  

Athletic Director Jennifer Laney was enthusiastic about how the event went, stating "We are thrilled to be a part of this journey with Emma and Carter, as well as their parents, Lynn and Josh.  Team IMPACT has provided us all with a wonderful opportunity to create a bond and welcome the Blanche family into our Moose family." 

Before the school year started, members from both basketball teams held a painting party with Emma and Carter to help welcome them to the Moose family as well as allow the opportunity for the kids to become more comfortable throughout the process.  This upcoming season, Emma and Carter will be attending practices as well as games where they will be able to wear team jerseys and cheer on the Moose.  Senior Captain Carmen Bragg commented, “I am super excited to share my senior season with Emma and Carter! They are going to make this final experience for me even more special!” Noah Thompson, men’s basketball captain, added, “We are pumped to have Emma and Carter as part of the team! Knowing they will be there supporting us this season is a huge motivator.”

Since its inception in 2011, Team IMPACT has matched 1,200+ children to more than 450 colleges and universities in 46 states, reaching over 35,000 participating college athletes. The children gain great strength, camaraderie, and support and the student-athletes are taught lessons about courage, resiliency, and life perspective.  The UMA Athletic Department is very proud to be working with Team IMPACT and is excited for their journey with the Blanche family!

Learn more about the Team IMPACT program at

*Article courtesy of University of Maine Augusta Athletics Website


Key Weekly Matchups


Men’s Soccer

9-11-17 College of St. Joseph’s at NHTI 4:30 P.M. EDT

9-12-17 – Concordia Alabama at Oakwood 1:00 P.M. CDT

9-12-17 - Central Penn at Penn State Schuylkill 4:00 P.M. EDT

9-13-17 – Cleary University at Marygrove College 4:00 P.M. EDT

9-13-17 – Christendom College at Penn State Mont Alto 5:00 P.M. EDT

9-14-17 – Southern Maine CC at Central Maine CC 3:30 P.M. EDT

9-14-17 – University of Maine Machias at University of Maine Fort Kent 4:00 P.M. EDT 

9-15-17 – Johnson & Wales – Charlotte NC at Mid Atlantic Christian 4:00 P.M. EDT 

9-16-17 – Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences at SUNY ESF 3:00 P.M. EDT

9-17-17 – SUNY Delhi at SUNY Canton 3:30 P.M. EDT



Women’s Soccer

9-12-17 – NHTI at Vermont Tech 5:00 P.M. EDT

9-13-17 – Southern Maine CC at Central Maine CC 3:30 P.M. EDT

9-14-17 – University of Maine Machias at University of Maine Fort Kent 2:00 P.M. EDT

9-14-17 – Penn State Schuylkill at Penn State Worthington Scranton 4:00 P.M. EDT

9-15-17 – University of Cincinnati Clermont at Andrews University 3:00 P.M. EDT

9-16-17 – Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences at SUNY ESF 1:00 P.M. EDT

9-16-17 – Hampshire College at Central Maine CC 1:00 P.M. EDT

9-16-17 – Penn State Brandywine at Penn State Beaver 2:00 P.M. EDT

9-16-17 – Cleary University at Rochester College 3:00 P.M. EDT

9-17-17 – SUNY Delhi at SUNY Canton 1:00 P.M. EDT

9-17-17 – Penn State Hazleton at Penn State Beaver 2:00 P.M. EDT


Women’s Volleyball

9-12-17 – University of Maine Fort Kent at Unity College 4:00 P.M. EDT

9-12-17 – Concordia – Alabama at Judson College 5:00 P.M. EDT

9-12-17 – Christendom College at Penn State Mont Alto 7:00 P.M. EDT

9-13-17 – College of St. Joseph at SUNY Delhi 6:00 P.M. EDT

9-13-17 – Penn State Beaver at Carlow University 7:00 P.M. EDT

9-14-17 – Unity College at Great Bay Community College 7:00 P.M. EDT

9-15-17 – 9-16-17 – Saint Mary of the Woods College Classic featuring

                                    St. Mary of the Woods

                                    Florida National University

                                    Florida College

                                    Illinois Tech

                                    UC Clermont

                                    West Virginia Tech