PH International

Georgian Police as Leaders in Athletics for Youth

Country: Georgia
Category: Professional Development Programs


The U.S. group  included one girls’ and one boys’ basketball team, coaches, and representatives from the Police Athletic League.The Georgian Police as Leaders in Athletics for Youth (GE-PLAY) Basketball program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affair’s under the SportsUnited International Sports Programming Initiative, and implemented by PH International. The program will take place from September 2014 to December 2015.

The goal of the GE-PLAY Basketball program is to inspire and help officials and community groups in Georgia to adopt policies and approaches that promote development of community-based youth sports programs. Building on PH’s work in the GE CALLS program, youth sports initiatives will draw upon local police and others as resources to provide positive opportunities for youth aged 7-17 to practice leadership, responsibility, teamwork, healthy living and self-discipline.

PH will conduct a two-way sports and cultural exchange with participants (adults and youth) from Georgia and the United States. In early 2015, ten (10) officials and youth practitioners from Georgia will visit the U.S. and be introduced to approaches and options for community-based youth sports programming, with special emphasis on programs models that bring youth and police together. Exchange participants will return home, to develop and execute action plans resulting in 10-15 community-based sports initiatives that can serve as pilot and demonstration programs for a broader effort in the future. In early summer 2015, sixteen (16) Americans, including one boys and one girls basketball team, coaches, and police officers involved in sports programming will visit Georgia to provide added technical assistance, conduct workshops, and clinics and momentum for the programs that are being developed.

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Success Stories

All Big Changes Start Small! | 24 Dec 2015

“We were quite sceptical about the whole concept of School Resource Officers (school wardens) and Police Officers working together in the beginning,” admitted, Natalia Chrelashvili, Head of Administration of the Office of School Resource Officers, “but we are starting to see some real results and an unbelievably high level of motivation from both students and their coaches; SROs and Police Officers that are really busy in their regular work and are not paid a penny to take on this extra responsibility. What can I say? Go GE PLAY!”.
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GE PLAY Working Group Members Take Initiative | 20 Dec 2015

GE PLAY hosted its final regional tournaments for western and eastern parts of Georgia on December 19-20, 2015. The tournament in Tbilisi brought together nine school based youth basketball teams from Rustavi and Tbilisi. A similar event in Kutaisi gathered 14 teams from Poti, Zugdidi, Senaki and Kutaisi schools.
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All Big Changes Start Small! | 1 Nov 2015

“I’ll be happy to help but I have no idea of how to couch a basketball team; I don’t know even the basic basketball rules” said Tea Galakhvaridze, Tbilisi Main Police Department District Police Officer, when the GE PLAY program team approached her for the first time and requested for her to participate.

Two GE PLAY Basketball tournaments and a gold medal later Tea has a lot to say about coaching a school-based basketball team, the problems and needs of 3x3 street basketball in Georgia, youth counseling and the tricks to make them study and behave.
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