In my eyes, Rico’s Get Better Foundation epitomizes what a great nonprofit organization should be. “Get Better” is not just a name Rico’s foundation goes by but truly the philosophy Rico and his foundation members teach. Rico’s Get Better Basketball League was unlike any other league I’ve ever been a part of. What stood out to me the most about the league was it’s professionality and organization. The daily focus questions, statistics, and post game interviews allowed us to evaluate our performances and mark ourselfs to keep improving. Everyone involved in the league offered their knowledge and wisdom of basketball or just life in general for our benefit as players and students. One of the most unique and meaningful aspect’s of Rico’s Get Better Basketball League is the basketball education and life skills workshop in which we heard firsthand the experiences of former and current D1 players.
Rico’s Get Better Basketball League proved to be extremely beneficial to my development not only as a player but also as a student. In addition to the basketball and life skills workshops, I recieved an hour of free SAT prep. The community service aspect of the league was also unique and meaningful. I was able to contribute to the shoe drive by donating three pairs of shoes to charity. At the culmination of my experience at the league, I was fortunate enough to be awarded an iPad 2 for my efforts throughout the course of the week. Rico’s Get Better Basketball League truly taught me that hard work pays off.
Rico’s Get Better League
Created in the summer of 2008, Rico’s Get Better League was designed to serve as a high level summer college basketball league which featured over 100 NCAA collegiate student-athletes. After receiving 501(c)(3) tax-exemption status from the IRS in the winter of 2010 which specified that Rico’s Get Better Foundation utilize its public funds towards inner-city student-athletes under the age of 18, the focus of Rico’s Get Better League has shifted towards creating better opportunities, both on and off the court, for today’s high school and middle school inner-city student-athletes within the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Rico’s Basketball Education & Life Skills Program (BELS)
Rico’s Get Better Basketball Education and Life Skills Program (BELS) is a cutting edge educational program that will combine state-of-the-art digital media learning platforms with highly qualified and distinguished former student- athletes as guest lecturers.
Rico’s Get Better Elite
Rico’s Get Better Elite is a year-round youth basketball team for inner-city student-athletes that will travel to compete against the best amateurs relative their age, both internationally and domestically. In 2010, the team embarked on a landmark journey. Click the image below to see pictures from the 2010 trip to New York City.
Rico’s Get Better Inner-City Technology Initiative
Rico’s Get Better Inner-City Technology Initiative is a program specifically designed to create better opportunities for today’s inner-city students utilizing the latest developments in innovative technology. In addition, through an exclusive partnership with the East L.A. Sports Scene, the Get Better Inner-City Technology Initiative will create innovative internship opportunities for inner-city student-athletes on an year-round basis.