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We uplift communities by boosting mental health through basketball inspired programming!


Basketball Themed SEL Assemblies For Elementary Schools 

Our virtual assembly has boosted the mental health of 40,000+ students and supported the SEL objectives of 60+ elementary schools across 25+ states.


Give N' Grow Basketball is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that elevates the mental health and wellness of K-5th graders by combining "M.E. Skills" (Mental / Emotional Skills), such as mindfulness, emotion check-ins, and breathwork, with basketball movements, educational music, and school-shaking celebrations!

GNG has mastered engaging students in mental health experiences online and they are revolutionizing mental health programming in partnership with organizations like the Jr. NBA, Cleveland Cavs Youth Sports, Jr. 76ers, Under Armour, Dick's Sporting Goods and elementary schools across the country.


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Ben Cecchini
Founder, Executive Director, M.E. Skills Coach

Coach Ben is a basketball player, motivational speaker, rapper, breathwork facilitator and life coach who has travelled the world inspiring people to be the best they can be with music, mindfulness, and basketball.

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Ryan McFarland
M.E. Skills Coach

Coach Mac is a husband, father, high energy entertainer, 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. 


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From Teachers & Administrators 

Julie Zimmerman, Principal
16th & Hawk ES, PA

That was awesome! Thank you so much! The kids loved it!

Gabriella Rios, Teacher
10th & Green ES, PA

Thank you so much! My kiddos absolutely love these workouts. Thank you for all you do!

Erin Mohat, Psychologist
Van Arsdale ES, CO

Here at our school we use Second Step and MindUP and a lot of the things Coach Ben was teaching them today was reinforcing what we’ve shared with them in the classroom. It was a great support.

Jenny King-Reid, Principal
Nelson ES, KS

The kids had a blast! Thank you so much for the opportunity. You have given them a memory most won’t forget.

Nina Teresi, Teacher
Baltimore, MD

The building was rocking! They loved it!!

From Parents

Jon Wallace

"The program Coach Ben and Coach Ryan teach is great for boys and girls of all skill levels and ages. If you are looking for a program that teaches the fundamentals of basketball within a positive and fun learning environment, I strongly recommend Give N’ Grow Basketball."

Connie Mazur

"Our daughter LOVES Coaches Ben and Ryan. Us parents love them too. 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."

Kia Bailey

My son's skills have improved so much. The coaches start with the fundamentals of basketball which is very important. They are patient, they help build my son's confidence, and my son loves going, which is very important. I recommend Give N' Grow Basketball, you will not be disappointed."

If You Want To Support Youth Mental Health
Let's Give N' Grow Together!

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