In the vibrant heart of Lawrence, a dynamic youth basketball organization has emerged with a profound mission: to enhance the lives of young individuals through the pillars of organized sports, community ethics, and personal growth. At the core of this transformative journey is an individual who has taken it upon themselves to be the catalyst for change. They are actively involved in launching this youth basketball organization, with a strong emphasis on instilling the values of sportsmanship and community involvement in the lives of at-risk youth.

Their commitment knows no bounds, and every step they take echoes with a resounding impact. One significant contribution to this noble cause is the initiation of a website. They have secured a domain and set up a website that will serve as the primary hub for information and interaction for the organization. But their efforts don’t stop there. This individual is truly the backbone of the organization, shouldering the administrative responsibilities with grace and determination. From scheduling practices to orchestrating league games, tournaments, and community events, they are the driving force behind the scenes, ensuring that the young athletes have the structure and support they need to thrive. However, the impact extends beyond administrative tasks.

This individual has demonstrated their unwavering commitment by working with the NorthPoint Foundation to acquire essential resources for the organization. They have invested in the future of these young athletes by purchasing six regulation-sized basketballs, two standard-sized blocking pads, two extra-large mesh ball bags, two agility ladders, and two sets of pop-up defender 3 packs. These materials not only provide the tools necessary for skill development but also signify a tangible commitment to the growth and well-being of the youth involved. The dedication and passion of this individual serve as a beacon of hope, illuminating the path towards a brighter future for at-risk youth in Lawrence.

By providing opportunities for personal growth, fostering sportsmanship, and nurturing community involvement, they are leaving an indelible mark on the lives they touch. The impact of their actions extends far beyond the basketball court, sowing the seeds of positive change in the hearts and minds of young individuals who are now poised to rise above their circumstances and thrive.

Natasha Rickel

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Meet our dedicated Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Natasha, a seasoned professional with a flair for strategic brand management and integrated marketing. With an impressive background in spearheading innovative initiatives for the largest privately-held industrial development company in the US, Natasha brings a unique blend of expertise in communications, content creation, and digital strategy. Holding an M.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications with a focus in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Kansas, Natasha is committed to driving growth and shaping impactful brand narratives. As a board member and active member of KC IABC and the Content Marketing & Communications Manager for NorthPoint Development, Natasha plays a crucial role in our mission to enhancing the lives of children in our communities.