Established in 2006, the Journey to Empowerment through Motivation and Self-Esteem (J.E.M.S) basketball program motivates youth and teenage girls to engage in the positive aspects of team sports actively. By empowering them with the skills and knowledge to develop and grow as individuals, J.E.M.S. basketball will strengthen their abilities and build their awareness of self and community. J.E.M.S enjoy a long-standing relationship with area community centers and schools. Because of this relationship, J.E.M.S can offer affordable basketball opportunities to a wide variety of youth ages 8-17. Our goal and mission are to teach the fundamentals of basketball while developing strong, confident young women. Team members will learn the importance of community involvement by participating in service hours. Guest speakers will come in to add the motivation needed to achieve players' basketball goals.