Give N' Grow
Give N’ Grow Sports, Inc., DBA Give N' Grow Basketball (GNG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses basketball to elevate the physical and mental health of adolescents.
GNG recognizes that depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and teen suicide are increasing worldwide, which is why elevating the mental health of adolescents in a productive, uplifting way is GNG’s utmost priority.
GNG has consulted with a bevy of experts in the fields of sports psychology, developmental psychology, childhood education, and therapy and life coaching to ensure that its curriculum integrates the most essential and effective mental health skills for K-8th graders to develop during adolescence: mindfulness and social and emotional learning (SEL).
GNG has combined these key mental health skills with the most popular youth sport in the United States, basketball, to ensure that students are engaged in its programming.
Ben Cecchini Founder, Head Mental Skills Trainer
Coach Ben is a basketball player, motivational speaker, rapper, and mental skills trainer who has travelled the world inspiring people to be the best they can be with mindfulness and SEL.
Ryan McFarland Director, Head Basketball Trainer
Coach Ryan is a husband, father, and one of the highest rated basketball trainers in the state of Maryland with an affinity for inspiring and connecting with youth of all skill levels.
We cultivate youth mental health and physical fitness by integrating mindfulness and social emotional learning with fundamental basketball training.
Individual and Group workouts
Free, online workouts that elevate K-5th graders mental and physical health in an energizing environment.
Level up through 1on1 or small group training with our head skills trainer, Coach Ryan McFarland.
the give n' grow
The 90 minute clinic that boosts mental and physical health and delivers ongoing impact to youth!
"Our daughter LOVES Coaches Ben and Ryan. She really looks forward to their classes. Us parents love them too. They are such great role models to the kids. It's not just basketball coaching. Coaches Ben and Ryan teach and role model mindfulness, appreciation, confidence, sharing, caring for others. And it's just so extra special when others in addition to us parents, are cheering on our kids and making them realize how special each of them are."