Retired NBA Player John Wallace Returns to High School Alma Mater to Host Basketball and Leadership Camp

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“It’s amazing to see students realize the immediate growth, improve their self-confidence, and ability to work and communicate better together after just one day at camp,” said Wallace. “That goes a long way in building stronger students, as well as a stronger, safer, more productive society.”

Greece Athena High School and ConverseWell Youth Leadership – an elite youth management growth program, have teamed as much as host the John Wallace ConverseWell Basketball Camp, the place Greece Athena graduate, Syracuse University legend, and first-round draft decide of the NY Knicks, John Wallace, will educate college students basketball and management abilities on and off the court docket. In addition to high-level basketball abilities that helped Wallace develop into a “Beast of the Big East,” campers will study important social, emotional, communication, focus, and management abilities, built-in into the camp by means of ConverseWell’s codified management curriculum – developed and taught by ConverseWell founder, Patty Kennedy.

The camp – scheduled to happen June 27-30 for Greece Athena High School college students – is a testomony to the Rochester group, dad and mom, enterprise leaders, {and professional} athletes coming along with a typical aim: instructing youngsters the management abilities they should succeed on the court docket, and in life.

“I’m delighted to return to my hometown and help offer this incredible camp opportunity,” said Mr. Wallace. “Everything basketball teaches is important, but developing social and emotional skills overcoming fear, building resilience, developing a strong work ethic, teamwork, and effective communication – those are critical skills no matter what you do.”

Studies more and more present the devastating, longer-term affect of the pandemic on college students’ tutorial, bodily, and emotional well-being, with melancholy and anxiousness charges skyrocketing amongst teenagers, as coping and communication abilities have plummeted. A report from Inside SEL cited a research by Tyton Partners noting almost 75% of lecturers really feel their college students have fallen behind academically, socially, emotionally, and bodily. Harvard Business Review has revealed a lot of research citing emotional intelligence as important to work and life success, and a analysis report from the American Psychological Association confirmed that Emotional Intelligence – particularly self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, social abilities, and group drawback fixing – the core parts of ConverseWell’s curriculum – as key predictors of efficiency, important to tutorial, athletic, and life success.

“We consider the John Wallace / ConverseWell Camp is an extra method to enrich our college students’ expertise and aligns properly with our mission to offer a secure and productive studying atmosphere the place all college students can develop, achieve success, school, and career-ready,” said Kelly Flagler, Principal of Greece Athena. “I’ve lengthy been a John Wallace fan, and am overjoyed to see our group, enterprise leaders, ConverseWell and John come collectively to make this occur for our college students.”

Camp funding and sponsorships had been a collective effort offered by Greece Athena High School, the ConverseWell Fund, and main space companies together with Greenlight Networks –New York’s quickest fiber-optic web supplier, and LeChase Construction Services – one of many nation’s high contractors.

“We’re delighted to support the camp, students, and families of Rochester,” stated Beth Delforte, Greenlight Networks Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Development. “I know the critical importance of communication and leadership in business and in life. The camp teaches critical skills students need to succeed and offers Greenlight and LeChase employees an opportunity to be actively involved in building stronger communities and future leaders.”

Wallace — whose #44 jersey was retired by Syracuse University in February 2020, stated he’s targeted on constructing stronger college students, and higher gamers, but in addition needs to provide again to the group that gave him a lot. “It’s superb to see college students understand the quick development, enhance their self-confidence, and skill to work and talk higher collectively after simply sooner or later at camp,” stated Wallace. “That goes a long way in building stronger students, as well as a stronger, safer, more productive society.”

About ConverseWell

The ConverseWell youth management program teaches college students important social, emotional, communication and management abilities, presents college students the possibility to straight have interaction with high-profile athletes, actors, and enterprise leaders, and offers distinctive alternatives for college students to show discovered management and communication abilities. ConverseWell Seventh-grade college students turned the primary within the nation from a Okay-8 faculty to ship TEDx talks, publish nationwide articles, and much exceed Twelfth-grade communication requirements. To date, greater than 30 center and highschool college students have spoken on important matters with senior executives from firms together with UBS, BT, and Facebook.

ConverseWell started as an afterschool program in 2019 with 9 college students at St. Joseph’s School – Yorkville in NYC. In 2021, the ConverseWell curriculum was built-in right into a summer season camp mannequin together with the John Wallace ConverseWell Basketball Camp, led by retired NY Knick, John Wallace, and Amy Hargreaves ConverseWell Acting Camps, led by ‘Homeland’ & ’13 Reasons Why’ actress, Amy Hargreaves. In two years, ConverseWell grew from 9 to greater than 1,000 college students and has expanded its summer season camps to NYC, Westchester, Rochester, and Skaneateles. ConverseWell’s mission is to succeed in and educate 10,000 college students by 2026. In addition to working the applications and camps, the group plans to license the ConverseWell curriculum to colleges throughout the nation.

The Rochester Camp is open to Greece Athena college students. For extra info, to enroll or arrange a camp, or donate to scholarships go to or contact

NOTE TO REPORTERS: The John Wallace ConverseWell Rochester Camp will happen June 27-30 from 9:30am-3:00pm at Greece Athena High School. To attend a portion of the camp or for interviews contact: Annie Nelson at 646-660-4507