ResCare dribbles, shoots and scores with retired NBA players

The Albany Park Community Center paired with ResCare Workforce Services to provide workshops to help those in the Chicago area get back into the job market.

The Albany Park Community Center paired with ResCare Workforce Services to provide workshops to help those in the Chicago area get back into the job market.

CHICAGO, IL (February 4, 2014) — ResCare Workforce Services scored points in their community when they recently partnered with local organizations to put a full-court press on local unemployment rates. Along with the Albany Park Community Center (APCC), retired NBA players, New York Life, Cabrini Green Legal Aid and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth program, the operation provided a fun-filled day for children while their parents took to the sidelines for a course in the fundamentals of entering the workforce.

Retired NBA players Bill Cartwright, Sam Vincent, Jeff Sanders, Cliff Levingston and Roger Brown donated their Friday and Saturday to teach children basketball basics of how to dribble, shoot and pass.

While the kids were practicing and becoming team players, ResCare Workforce Services provided parents and guardians a two-hour workplace-focused workshop that kept with the basketball theme.

While the adults were busy learning how to be successful in today’s workforce, the kids were learning from the legends on how to dribble, shoot, pass and work as a team.

While the adults were busy learning how to be successful in today’s workforce, the kids were learning from the legends on how to dribble, shoot, pass and work as a team.

Throughout the workshop, the basketball celebrities related their experiences on the court and in coaching with topics covered in the workshops.

APCC Director Hua Chau was pleased with the outcome. “The celebrities would just kind of add in the basketball theme throughout the workshops,” Mr. Chau said. “It went extremely well.”

In addition to the workshops, adults were encouraged to meet with other sponsors for information on financial literacy from New York Life, dealing with criminal background checks from Cabrini Green Legal Aid and resources for Medicare and Medicaid recipients from the Family Health Network.

Due to the success of the event, Mr. Chau plans to make the event a monthly occurrence and also promote similar events in other states, such as Louisiana and Florida.

“This event would not have been possible without sponsors like ResCare,” Mr. Chau said. “ResCare is a valued partner of APCC because of its strong commitment to excellence. We are like-minded agencies that put people back to work and focus on the family as a whole. We are honored to have ResCare as a partner.”

Author: Moriah Dietrich