100 BE Modern Men of 2016

Thank You Black Enterprise Magazine


Thank you to Black Enterprise Magazine for selecting our founder, Garry Mills as one of the 100 BE Modern Men of 2016.

BE Modern Man is an integrative program that honors the essence, image and accomplishments of today’s man of color.

With features of today’s leaders, executives, creatives, students, politicians, entrepreneurs, professionals and agents of change – these men share the common thread of creating a new normal while setting the bar in tech, art, philanthropy, business and beyond. The BE Modern Man is making a positive impact, his way, and has a story to tell.

Click here to check out full article on blackenterprise.com.

Join Us This Summer!!!

SBNP & Sixers' Summer Hoops

SBNP has been selected to join the Sixers' Summer Hoops Tour on Monday,July 11th from 2pm to 3:30pm at Happy Hollow Playground located on Wayne Avenue

It may be the off season, but you can still stay connected to the Sixers this summer through the team’s Summer Hoops Tour. The Philadelphia Sixers will travel across the Philadelphia area, offering a FREE basketball clinic for children. Sixers front office staff, Hoops Tour Coaches,and SBNP staff will offer instruction on the basic fundamentals of basketball, tips on how to improve their game, and advice on the importance on education. In addition to learning important life and basketball skills, the children will have an opportunity to interact with members of the Sixers’ and SBNP staff.

Water Slides, Lazy River, and You Guess it....Basketball.

Amazing Time at Coco Keys

It was an AMAZING spending time with our kids at Coco Keys in Mt.Laurel, NJ. Our organization strongly believes that field trips help children expand their minds and be able to live with a childlike spirit.

Thank you to the staff of Coco Keys and the parents of SBNP for the continuous support.

Arrested Patterns

Exhibit at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA.

It was an honor to attend the " Arrested Patterns" exhibit. Arrested patterns brings together a group of artists who seek to uncover the often overlooked patterns of racial disparity in the US Criminal Justice system. The urgent need to explore indicators of intentional and unintentional discrimination arises in the aftermath of Ferguson verdict, the Baltimore riots, the killing of Eric Garner, the killing of Walter Scott, and Mother Emanuel AME Church massacre in Charleston. These events have produced collective frustration around the question of whether every citizen is protected equally under law, and have led to a call for a more transparent dialogue between citizens, law enforcement, and policy makers.

The exhibit is on display from:
04-29.2016 - 09.11.2016

Log onto www.aampmuseum.org for more information on events and exhibits at the African American Museum.


SBNP Joins P4P to Transform Duckrey Elementary School

SBNP would like to thank Paint 4 Play for having us as a volunteer for the Paint 4 Play event at Duckrey Elementary School located in North Philadelphia. For more information about the Paint 4 Play organization, please email kategaffigan@thebigsandbox.org.

Photo Credit: Timothy W. Stevens

SBNP Volunteers or Imani Charter's 5th grade

Trip To Camden Aquarium

Thank you to the staff of Imani Charter for allowing SBNP to volunteer. The children of Imani Charter are amazing individuals that have tons of personality.

And these young men......
(View pictues below)

These young men in particular have such a strong brotherhood and they shared a special bond with us today. The lesson was the one who protects his Brother from the world, and other people.

Click here to view more photos from the Imani Charter Aquarium Trip.

100 Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery

SBNP's Founder, Garry Mills Selected!


We would like to thank MFDM (Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery) for selecting our founder, Garry Mills as one of the 100 Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery. It is truly an honor for him to be recognized as a individual that believes in the positive impact that men of color have in the lives of their students.

Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery is an initiative sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter school in Philadelphia. During one of the PTAmeetings in the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, parents mentioned reestablishing a program called "Douglass Dads" that invited fathers into the school building to support students, teachers, and staff members. After the meeting, two Frederick Douglass teachers, Dana Frye-Thompson and Ashley Carmichael, decided to spearhead the reestablishment process because they believed in the potential positive impact of men of color in the lives of their students.

Today, the program has been rebranded as Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery in an effort to be more inclusive to men of color outside of the community. The program hopes to empower students to become well-rounded scholars of purpose through their relationships with positive male role models.

The purpose of Men of Frederick Douglass Mastery is to provide a space to influence and uplift strong children who will become future leaders and contributors to their community through positive interactions with men of color. Our men of color will partner with the teachers of Douglass to help cultivate these young, powerful minds as they learn to become authors, activists, mathematicians, scientists, and influences.


Currently,  73% of our student population is made of black boys and our staff is less than one percent men of color. The majority of our staff is white and female, which limits opportunities for black boys to develop authentic relationships with men of color during the school day. The goal of our initiative is to enable our black male students to interact with positive men of color in their school and surrounding communities.

Please join us in our effort to make an impact and transformation change in the lives of our young black students! We thank you in advance for your support.

Dana Frye-Thompson and Ashley Carmichael, Teachers of Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter School

website: www.menoffrederickdouglassmastery.com
email: menofdouglass@gmail.com
facebook: Men of Frederick Douglass
twitter: @menofdouglass
Instagram: @menofdouglass

Basketball clinic teaches local youths to embrace nonviolence

from Philadelphia, PA to Akron, OH

Eleven-year-old Jordan Huling gave up sleeping in on Presidents Day to play basketball.

“I just came to have some fun and learn some new basketball skills, but it’s called ‘Shoot Basketballs Not People,’ so I was thinking they want us to play more basketball and not kill people,” said Jordan, a fifth-grader at Akron’s Case Elementary School. “It makes sense because if you’re occupied doing something positive, it keeps you from doing things that are wrong. Basketball takes a team effort, so it teaches you how to get along with other people and work together.”

Shoot Basketballs Not People is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that aims to do exactly what Jordan discerned — teach fundamental basketball skills while promoting healthy lifestyle choices. It also works to increase participation in sports and to help parents support children in sports and in the classroom.

To read the entire article, please visit www.ohio.com

On The Beat

Sixers, Meek Mill Partner to Help Mentor Local Youth


The 76ers have compiled a long, strong track record of using their stature in the Delaware Valley to positively impact the region.  On Friday, the franchise partnered with rapper and homegrown fan Meek Mill in an effort to further its commitment to the community.  The Sixers and Mill, the 28-year old Philadelphia-born performer who has recorded several top five Billboard hits, invited a group of 30 children to the team’s training facility at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where a seminar was held in recognition of National Mentoring Month.  

The 10 to 16-year olds in attendance had the chance take part in a question and answer session with Mill, during which he discussed his life, influences, the importance of mentorship, and his favorite memories of rooting for the Sixers. 

“It feels good.  It’s actually a dream of mine, giving back to the ones that look up to us,” he told a captive audience.  He later added, “I got the opportunity to change peoples’ lives. Why not do it?”

The artist behind “All Eyes on You” realizes that public figures like musicians and professional athletes carry important leadership obligations, especially in respect to youth. 

“The way they look up to basketball players and rappers, sometimes we need to show our face and not just entertain them on TV, and give them our real side, the real person we are,” Mill said.  “It definitely feels good to be in a position to give back.  We’re extremely blessed.  We’re blessed to be living, and blessed to be in a situation where you’re a celebrity.  I always love to give back.”

After his talk with area youth, some of which belonged to the organization "Shoot Basketballs Not People," Mill headed down to the PCOM practice court, where he and his guests spent some time on the floor putting up shots, and hanging out with Sixers mascot Franklin, the Phlight Squad, and players Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor.   


Stenton Family Manor

Holiday Giving!


On Friday, December 18, 2016 Shoot Basketballs NOT People hosted a holiday event for the women and children of Stenton Family Manor. Stenton Family Manor is a homeless shelter located on 1300 W. Tulpehocken Street in the West Oak Lane area of Philadelphia, PA. We want to thank the volunteers and staff of Stenton Family Manor for the items that were provided and their time to make these individuals’ holiday season a little brighter.

Thanksgiving Event at the Eliza Shirley House

Local Entrepreneurs Giving Back To Women and Children

At the “Operation We Care” Thanksgiving event, a collective group of entrepreneurs and a massive amount of volunteers fed residents and their children at Eliza Shirley House located at 1320 Arch Street in Philadelphia, PA.

The “Operation We Care” provided a tasty thanksgiving meal and which included music for their listening pleasure during their meal. The meal provided a wide range of food options like turkey, collard green,string beans,and rice just to name a few. At the completion of the meal, Desert was also provided and the organizations’ founders and its volunteers participated in a dancing session to life the spirits of the residents even more.

“Operation We Care” consists of (4) non-profit organizations:

Culture Changing Christians  |  Founder/President: Carl Day  |  Contact Info: (215)915-0323  |  www.culturechangingchristians.org

Do Something Ministry  |  Founder/President: Mitchell Chance  |  Contact Info: (215)939-0664  |  www.dosomethingministry.wordpress.com

Ian-Yae’s In Touch  |  Founder/President: Tanika Little  |  Contact Info: (267)254-9531  |  www.ian-yaeintouch.org

Shoot Basketballs NOT People, Inc  |  Founder/President: Garry Mills  |  Contact Info: (215)346-7316  |  www.joinsbnp.org

The Salvation Army Eliza Shirley House

The Salvation Army Eliza Shirley House provides emergency shelter services for homeless single women and families 365 days of the year. The shelter provides decent safe and sanitary housing, and healthy nutritious meals, in an orderly environment.

  • Mission

The Mission of the Eliza Shirley House is to treat all people we serve with a spirit of fairness, kindness and tolerance in a respectful, non-judgmental manner, in an attempt to help them to solve their problems and to meet their needs.

The shelter also serves as an Intake Reception Site on week nights (after 4:00 p.m.), weekends, and holidays. The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Supportive Housing (OSH) assists all women and families during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Single Homeless Women
    • Homeless Mothers or Fathers with Children
    • Must be a resident of Philadelphia
    • Minors, unless they have verification of emancipation; single men, except fathers with children; and all individuals refusing to take their prescribed medications, are not eligilble for admission into the program.


For more information about The Salvation Army Eliza Shirley House, please contact (215)787-2800.

2nd Annual Shoot Basketballs NOT People Presidents Day Clinic

Bushel High School, Akron Ohio

The rate of senseless crime in the City of Akron is steadily increasing at an alarming rate. Not only is it affecting the families of victims, but consequently our communities and the children who live there. With cuts in educational programming and other extracurricular activities, our children have less access to opportunities that promote sense of community, active engagement and social responsibility. 

The Shoot Basketball Not People campaign in collaboration with the Kenmore Youth Basketball League, Essentials Basketball Academy, MKU Athletics and the Young Black Professionals Coalition (YBPC) will be hosting its 2nd Annual Free Basketball Clinic Monday February 17, 2014 from 8am-5pm at Buchtel High School. 

The goal through the Shoot Basketball Not People Free Basketball Clinic is to provide more than 200 school age youth with an opportunity to explore basketball in a positive manner while educating them on the dangers of violence in their community. In addition to athletics, students will have the opportunity to interact with peers and community mentors in a positive environment. The event will include a variety of instructional sessions, motivational speakers (former athletes and community leaders from Akron), lunch and t-shirts.

Please note that their are a variety of camps with different times. In order to effectively assure you child has the ultimate experience we ask that you sign your child up for his/her proper grade level. Registration will fill up swiftly, so please register your child as soon as possible.

Pre-K / Elementary Clinic

Pre-K: Ages 3-6 years old

Grades 1-5: Ages 8-11 years old

Middle / High School Clinic

Grades 6-8: Ages 12-15 years old

Grades 9-12: Ages 15-18 years old

**Some participants my be presented with an opportunity to compete with an older group if their skill set qualifies.