Congratulations to the winners of Global Sports Tech Youth Challenge

Congratulations to the winners of Global Sports Tech Youth Challenge

Memphis, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem tech students mentored by renowned international sport tech figures

Forty-one tech students in Memphis, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem spent three days honing their talent during the first Global Sports Tech Youth Challenge presented by Tarik Black Foundation along with Colosseum Sports Innovation Group in Tele Aviv and CodeCrew in Memphis.

Winners: 

Memphis Team 2

Jayda Murray, Javon Garcia, Sobenna Egwuekwe, Anaya Murray, Aren Egwuekwe

Tel Aviv Team 2 

Oran Cohen, Yair Lixenberg, Daniel Feuerstein, Inon Ben Dror

Distinguish international judges were: Oren Lefkowitz, head of Venture Captial and Startup Partnerships at Google; Andres Cardenas, Global Head of Football at Minute Media; Briana “HOOPS” Green former Harlem Globetrotter and Koko Archibong; Olympian former pro basketball player, now wealth advisor.

Guest speaker Ofir Frank, chief technology operation at Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball offered inspiration as students worked over eight hour daily developing their innovation concepts which they pitch to the panel of judges on day three.

Leaders of sponsor organizations Judith Moore, Tarik Black Foundation; Oren Simanian, Founder, Colosseum; and Meka Egwuekwe, CodeCrew partnered to produce the pilot event. Plans are to host Global Sports Tech Youth Challenge annually and scale the event by adding teams from other countries.

While playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team in Tel Aviv, Tarik Black forged the partnership between Tarik Black Foundation and Colosseum. The two organizations wanted to connect to create a chance for tech students in Memphis and tech students in Tel Aviv to network. CodeCrew, a Memphis youth tech computer center was invited to join the collaboration. The result was the Global Sports Tech YouthChallenge.

“We are pleased with how this collaboration turned out. The Global Sports Tech Youth Challenge gives students experience working with peers in other countries, said Judith Moore, president Tarik Black Foundation. “This is a great growth opportunity and a chance for tech students to begin forming international colleagues and networks. Many still communicate and are global friends now. We look forward to seeing how these relationships evolve in the future,” said Moore.

The next event is planned for August 2020.

Tarik Black Foundation receives National Basketball Players Association Foundation Grant

Tarik Black Foundation receives National Basketball Players Association Foundation Grant

Matching player grant will support Taking Back The Future programs   

The National Basketball Players Association Foundation (NBPA) has given Tarik Black Foundation a player matching grant to support TBF’s Taking Back The Future summer camp and afterschool programs.  

Since 2017, Tarik Black Foundation (TBF) has received three NBPA Foundation grants. This continued support has provided funding for camps, internships and events.  

Black’s national and international access to knowledge-based resources has allowed TBF programs to give young people exposure [literally] to the world. NBPA Foundation funding will help TBF expand its reach so that it can offer more innovative programs that elevate understanding of life concepts. Taking Back The Future curriculum is anchored by four practical concepts: healthy habits, wealth creation, global diversity and technology impact.  

“We believe centering education around our anchor concepts provides young people a solid foundation for building their future – a future threatened by COVID-19,” explains Judith Moore, TBF president. “The most vulnerable have been people with pre-existing health issues. People with substantive financial resources have weathered the storm with the least life disruptions. Technology has kept us resilient and moving ahead despite the world shutting down.” Moore says that heighten awareness due to the pandemic makes enhancing education in these areas critically important. 

Recognizing how empowering a grasp on their anchor concepts can be for young people, TBF works to cultivate dynamic partnerships that ensure impactful and engaging programs. “Our financial partners provide the resources we need for offering robust learning experiences. We are grateful that NBPA continues to be a partner,” says Moore. To learn more visit tarikblackfoundation.org.

Taking Back The Future Social Justice Entrepreneurship Program offers students global education

Taking Back The Future Social Justice Entrepreneurship Program offers students global education

Memphis and international school youth in Tel Aviv find they have much in common

Youth in Memphis’ Youth Services MAP program and students attending an international school in Tel Aviv, Givat Haviva International High School (GHIS), over a three-month collaboration learned much about what they have in common and also how their experiences are different. Lead students attending GHIS that participated were from Norway, Brazil, Ethiopia, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. 

The three-month collaboration took place virtually. Students also communicated on their own via text messages and late-night phone calls in Memphis that were early morning calls in Tel Aviv. Some continue to keep in touch.

The experience culminated with a workshop provided in two sessions which the twelve lead students produced then invited other students in their organization to attend on Zoom. Nearly 100 students in total participated in the two workshops which took place during the Martin L. King Holiday week.

Attending as a guest, was Israeli’s Goodwill Ambassador Tal Brody who sat in on sessions and offered insight on various topics discussed by group leaders.

This was the first year for this project. Plans are underway for the 2021- 22 school year.

A summer camp where kids get real-world education in real fun ways

A summer camp where kids get real-world education in real fun ways

Create a future in which you live well is the idea behind Taking Back The Future camp

(MEMPHIS,TN-April 19)Taking Back The Future summer camp is innovational learning offering tools for living well. Kids will learn habits for living healthy and building wealth, as well as prepare to navigate a future more globalized and technology-driven than ever.  Expect boundless fun but a limited number of spaces due to COVID-19 safety measures. The two sessions are limited to 15 campers ages 12-14.

Tarik Black Foundation’s Taking Back The Future focuses on four concepts: Healthy Habits, Wealth Creation, Global Diversity and Technology Impact. “We want to elevate young people’s understanding of the world and prepare them to thrive in the most important aspects of life. This has always been our focus. Taking Back The Future is how we are connecting the education we offer with the world’s new reality,” said Judith Black Moore, Tarik Black Foundation (TBF) president.

 To achieve its new programming goals TBF in collaborating with a host of experts including LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis Light Gas Water, along with international knowledge contributors at Nike Innovation in Tel Aviv, Lyfta – an immersive global education platform headquartered in The UK and Finland and a host of other subject matter professionals.  Even kids have contributed their ideas and insight as part of a youth advisory group.

Church of the Holy Communion in East Memphis is generously providing space for the three-weekly in- person camp days. Two days will be camp-at home (virtual). Activities will involve exercise physiology, chess classes, wealth creation; global “fieldtrips” and adventures that take campers behind-the-scenes to explore technology in a variety of industries including athletic shoe design.

Session One is June 21 – July 9. Session Two is July 11 – 30. Read more about Taking Back The Future summer camp including cost, COVID-19 safety measures and how to apply.      

Tarik Black Foundation receives National Basketball Players Association Foundation Grant

Tarik Black Foundation receives National Basketball Players Association Foundation Grant

Matching player grant will support Taking Back The Future programs   

The National Basketball Players Association Foundation (NBPA) has given Tarik Black Foundation a player matching grant to support TBF’s Taking Back The Future summer camp and afterschool programs.  

Since 2017, Tarik Black Foundation (TBF) has received three NBPA Foundation grants. This continued support has provided funding for camps, internships and events.  

Black’s national and international access to knowledge-based resources has allowed TBF programs to give young people exposure [literally] to the world. NBPA Foundation funding will help TBF expand its reach so that it can offer more innovative programs that elevate understanding of life concepts. Taking Back The Future curriculum is anchored by four practical concepts: healthy habits, wealth creation, global diversity and technology impact.  

“We believe centering education around our anchor concepts provides young people a solid foundation for building their future – a future threatened by COVID-19,” explains Judith Moore, TBF president. “The most vulnerable have been people with pre-existing health issues. People with substantive financial resources have weathered the storm with the least life disruptions. Technology has kept us resilient and moving ahead despite the world shutting down.” Moore says that heighten awareness due to the pandemic makes enhancing education in these areas critically important. 

Recognizing how empowering a grasp on their anchor concepts can be for young people, TBF works to cultivate dynamic partnerships that ensure impactful and engaging programs. “Our financial partners provide the resources we need for offering robust learning experiences. We are grateful that NBPA continues to be a partner,” says Moore. To learn more visit tarikblackfoundation.org. 

                                                                      

TECHNOLOGY POWERS OUR GLOBAL PROGRAM

COVID-19 is the first global event most of us have ever experienced. In the long term, Gen— Zs will be impacted most by this world crisis. More than ever, technology is powering our lives giving us greater access to the world. Youth who are technology savvy and globally conscious have a broader point-of-view. This exposure promotes critical thinking – a key skill they will need for successfully shaping the future in an unprecedented world.

TBF featured at Sports Tech Summit in Tel Aviv

TBF featured at Sports Tech Summit in Tel Aviv

International exposure gives access to future program possibilities

TBF was proud to be a sponsor of the 2019 International Sports Tech Nation Summit in Tel Aviv, Israel this past fall. As part of TBF’s strategic plan for rebranding, we are partnering with global technology brands, especially those in sports. Through developing international and U. S. partnerships, we look to offer youth in our programs unique opportunities to learn about technology and sports. Tim Green, TBF director of boys’ programs was a featured speaker at the summit where he spoke to nearly 400 international delegates attending this global summit about our plans for the future. Thanks to TBF founder and CEO, Tarik Black who is the starting center for Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv, for forging this opportunity.

Taking Back the Future provides technology for studying at home

Taking Back the Future provides technology for studying at home

When COVID-19 brought schools to an abrupt closing in March, thousands of Shelby County Schools students found themselves at home without access to the technology for continuing classwork. As part of Tarik Black Foundation’s launch into Taking Back the Future, we partnered with Urban Strategies to help in filling this crucial need.  

Thanks to generous donors contributing to our Laptop for Students drive, we provided 14 students with digital devices. Urban Strategies delivered this technology and ensured each had access to WiFi. “Access to technology is one of the anchors of our rebrand mission,” said Judith Moore, TBF president. “We were glad that we could make a contribution to this effort.”

Taking Back the Future is about collaborations and partnership to provide programs that give youth access to information and exposure to new ideas. Four anchors drive our mission:

Wealth Creation, Health Awareness, Global Collaborations and Technology Impact.

Our Vision: A world where youth are well informed, well-rounded and well prepared for the future.                                                     

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TBF Is Taking Back The Future For Students 

TBF Is Taking Back The Future For Students 

 “I am very grateful because I was able to continue the educational needs for my children.”

– Angelica Parker

Memphis, TN —With the cancellation of summer programs due to COVID-19 concerns, Tarik Black Foundation (TBF) has decided to partner with Urban Strategies during this time to ensure students have home technology for continuing classwork.
TBF is purchasing and donating laptops for Shelby County School students. Urban Strategies is delivering them and ensuring students’ homes have Wifi. This project is part of the foundation’s Taking Back the Future initiative. “We want to help minimize the digital divide,” said Judith Moore, President of TBF, “It’s important now and even when the pandemic is over that students have technology at home if we expect them to succeed.”

 

 

TBF wants youth to leave the annual multicultural celebration with appreciation for cultural differences and increased global awareness

TBF wants youth to leave the annual multicultural celebration with appreciation for cultural differences and increased global awareness

Tarik Black’s annual multicultural celebration fosters an atmosphere of understanding and appreciation for diversity and different cultural traditions. An idea that started with plans to just show an international basketball game has morphed into an opportunity to teach so much more. “Preparing youth for the future includes teaching them to live, work and thrive in a global society,” says Tarik Black who hosts this event virtually for Tel Aviv each year. The free event for youth features a streamed Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball game in which Tarik is the starting center. “Offering youth the chance to see a professional Euroleague basketball game was the initial point of this party,” said Tarik. However, the concept grew as TBF organizers realized it would also be a good way to bring the youth of different backgrounds together to learn about a variety of cultural traditions. The event features a multi-ethnic menu, traditional games, and activities indicative of various cultures.

“Since it’s been such a success these first two years, we are coming up with ways to better embrace the communities represented in the planning of the event. Our idea is to launch a planning committee to help us assure we are honoring each tradition appropriately. We also want to continue adding traditions so that Memphis youth get to mingle with and make friends across neighborhoods and across zip codes,” said Judith Moore, The event targets youth but adults are welcomed. TBF expects adult celebration-goers to purchase items in the event pop up shop and participate in the silent auction to benefit TBF’s programs. Adults get to play the games, taste the unique dishes, and get involved with the overall festivities too.

Look for announcements about the 2020 multicultural event. Youth groups interested in attending may inquire at info@tarikblackfoundation.org. TBF invites businesses to partner with us in hosting this event by being a corporate sponsor. For details, please send inquiries to judith@tarikblackfoundation.org.