Author: Tahbit Chowdhury A lot has happened since DeenUP’s inception. Looking back, it’s hard to sum it up all in one go but it’s still worth a shot. Right from the very beginning, the driving force behind our work was our intention. Our goal was to increase the greater good by using athleticism as a medium for mentoring youths. By relying on the art and science behind basketball, we sought to engage young people in a novel approach where we could earn their trust and respect while having fun. We wanted young people to grow up in a way that they would be able to handle a wider range of experiences while staying true to themselves and the values they carry in their hearts. Adolescence is a difficult part of life where a young person’s outlook and perspectives are shaped for many years to come. This is a time to challenge them and to present them with learning opportunities so that they may get to see themselves grow into more complete adults. The DeenUP training regimen focuses on several key areas. We start with basketball and fitness. Using the sport as a conduit, we teach teamwork and brotherhood.
From this, we start making leaps and bounds towards civic participation and social responsibility. We stress the importance of family – and courage. Those who may wonder how courage and family go hand in hand need to realize that the modern family’s trials require nothing short of courageous little hearts. We stress this again and again. It’s about the purification of the heart. We love the communities we hail from and more so we love the youths who are growing up around us. Our coaches and trainers are not outsiders. They have intimate knowledge of both basketball and the neighbourhoods we work in. We present DeenUP as part of a comprehensive solution for the youths of today. The momentum that we impart on our players is not limited to what happens on the basketball court; we push them to excel beyond the court. DeenUP players are pushing the boundaries. We expect from them nothing but the best. We not only want to see them at their best, but we want to help them experience the rush from their own breakthroughs.