Former Marquette Final Four player, Joe Chapman, joins Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
Chapman will run agency’s Teen Program
Chapman’s dreams brought him a long way from a low-income, urban youth, who for a while was in a gang, to an international, professional basketball player. That is what attracted him to Neighborhood House. “I wanted to give back to urban communities like the one I grew up in. Last year, I ran a 20 week academy out of Neighborhood House and was impressed with their atmosphere. I wanted to do more for these teens because I was just in their shoes looking for positive role models”, Chapman commented.
After his Final Four NCAA Tournament appearance in 2003, Chapman played 11 years of international, professional basketball. Then he pursued his next dream – having his own basketball academy that trained and mentored young adults. That is how he partnered in 2018 with Neighborhood House, running a basketball camp for their youth. This led to his current appointment.
“This community means a lot to me because I played college basketball at Marquette that is a half a mile from Neighborhood House. This community supported my teammates and me throughout my four years at Marquette,” Chapman said. “One of my goals is to strengthen our partnerships in the community with the resources I can provide our teens,” he continued.
Another goal for Chapman is to provide balance and help teens structure their lives. He knows basketball can also teach more than technique or about winning or losing. Lessons of personal accountability, teamwork and positive attitudes are essential to success both on and off the court so that teens can succeed in life.
Chapman has many ideas for the Neighborhood House Teen Program, including bringing in motivational speakers, developing 3v3 basketball leagues and planning area sports outings. He will also create summer excursions for Neighborhood House teens.
ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE: Neighborhood House of Milwaukee was founded in 1945 to help strengthen children and families in some of the city’s most under‐served neighborhoods. The agency has touched the lives of nearly a million children and adults for more than 70 years. It’s a highly regarded, award‐winning programs serve infants & toddlers, school‐age and teen youth, adults and families, refugees and immigrants. More at www.nh‐milw.org.
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