For the win
For the win
With the help of simply basketball, Pass Da R.O.C.K has become integral to improving the lives of Syracuse teens.
hile basketball may be the draw for dozens of underprivileged youth, Pass Da R.O.C.K. is really hoping what they’re scoring is a better sense of empowerment and more respect for themselves and their community.
Pass Da R.O.C.K. started in Syracuse in 2001 inspired the same-named Los Angeles program that wanted to create a positive environment for inner-city youth. The R.O.C.K. in the group’s name stands for Relationships, Opportunities, Character, and Kindness.
Now booming two decades later, the organization has a partnership with the Syracuse City School District and a constant presence in schools across the city.
While COVID-19 protocols did not allow for the hundred-person gatherings founder Nate Peña was accustomed to this past year, the group staged small empowerment workshops to teach members valuable life skills such as cooking and home improvement.
Along with the training, the workshops proved to be a reprieve from the chaos the health pandemic has caused while offering a chance for teens to bond and return to a sense of normalcy for a few hours each week.
is a photojournalism major and a contributor for The NewsHouse.