Our mission is to help the boys and girls of Western Pennsylvania develop
into responsible young adults through positive developmental training,
including educational programming, athletic competition, social and
cultural activities and exchanges and academic support services. We
are committed to making a difference in the lives of the youth we serve
and to enhance and enrich the quality of their lives.
History: Ozanam grew out of a historically
well-known basketball program for children 8 to 18 years of age which
was formerly sponsored by the YES, Inc. and previously the Ozanam Cultural
Center. Many of these children remained in the program until they ultimately
graduated from high school. As a close, long-term relationship developed
with the coaches, it was realized that this nurturing environment provided
opportunities that extended far beyond basketball. The coaches became
involved in the children's lives as mentors and provided assistance
to make sure the children could eventually receive college scholarships.
This group of young basketball players developed into disciplined, respectful
young men who took school seriously and received college scholarships.
Many emerged as some of the city's elite student athletes. The program
became known as the "Future Stars."
Curtis Cureton, Executive Director, Former Athletic
Director at Ozanam Cultural Center from 1981 to 1996 and the Executive
Director of Youth Enhancement &
Support (YES, Inc.) from 1997 through 2004.
Darelle Porter, Executive Assistant, Former Duquesne
University NCAA Division I head basketball coach, a University of Pittsburgh
graduate and the recipient of the University’s Panther Outstanding
Karen Hall, Girls Program Director, Former NCAA women’s
basketball head coach and a University of Nevada-Las Vegas full scholarship
player, graduate and three time Academic Athletic Achievement Award
Alvis Rogers, Academic Support Director, Four-year
starter and graduate of Wake Forest University and an NCAA Division
I women’s and men’s assistant basketball coach and academic
Program Design: Ozanam programming can be broken into three areas: basketball
leagues, skills development camps and education/mentoring.
Divisions: Boys 14 and Under
Date: June 18, 2013 - July 27, 2013
Site(s): West-Penn Recreation Center & Mellon Park
Cost: $350.00 per team, with shirts
Divisions: Girls 18 and Under
Date: June 8, 2013 - July 27, 2013
Site(s): West-Penn Recreation Center
Cost: $300.00 per team
Ozanam Summer Basketball Development League
Boys & Girls 8 to 13
June 17, 2013 - July 27, 2013
Cost: $45 City $65 non-city per kid
After a individual youth signs up to participate in our developmental
league, youth are placed on teams with a Mentor/Coach, many of our Coaches
are former High School, Collegiate Players and in some cases College
Coaches who provide mentoring and developmental support throughout there
league participation. Pittsburgh Fire Bureau, Pittsburgh Public School
Security both support and participate in the Ozanam Mentoring Programs.
Our mission is to help city of Pittsburgh children develop into
academically prepared young adults who serve as role models within their
schools and their communities, with the objective of helping the students
ultimately qualify for college scholarships through the Pittsburgh Promise.
By making academic achievement or tutoring a requirement of our popular
Ozanam basketball programs, we believe we can motivate many children
when others cannot.