The Basecamp Starfish Int'l Scholarship Program
Basecamp travels internationally to lead basketball camps for youth in many countries. We generally focus on countries where basketball is new, emerging, and developing. From time to time we come across a young player who catches our attention. They have the tools to succeed and we want to offer them the opportunity to further develop their skills at a higher level back at our America based youth academy. We have partnered with a local private high school and with local charitable sponsors to offer academic scholarships for international students to come to the school, play on the school's basketball team, and attend our Beyond Basketball Youth Academy. We are inspired by the famous "Starfish Story" and this is our investment in the growth of basketball internationally.
The Starfish Story
original by Loren Eisley
A man walked along the beach. Ahead, he saw a boy dashing back and forth in the sand. He smiled, thinking the boy was enjoying a game on a fine morning so he hurried to catch up. As he got closer, he saw the boy picking something up out of the sand, and gently tossing it into the sea. As he got closer to the boy, the man called out, “Hello, what are you doing?” The boy paused in throwing, looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back in they will die.” “But don’t you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You can’t possibly make a difference.” After listening politely, the boy reached back down, picked up another starfish and gently tossed it into the sea and said, “It made a difference for that one.”