(WNY News Now) – RJ James, the founder of Jamestown’s nonprofit organization, Next Level 716, discussed the challenges the program faces due to COVID-19 in an interview with WNY News Now.
Jamestown – RJ James, the founder of Next Level 716, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching life skills through sports, recently spoke with WNY News Now about the challenges his organization is currently facing. Next Level 716 focuses on preparing students from 3rd to 12th grade for life through sports, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has presented severe obstacles.
With over a decade of experience coaching youth basketball, Mr. James highlighted the significant impact that COVID-19 shutdowns have had on the organization’s ability to secure gym space for practices. These limitations have hindered their preparations for traveling tournaments, with each team requiring nearly $10,000 for an entire season, causing financial strain.
As Next Level 716 strives to find indoor practice space for the upcoming fall and winter seasons, they are also embarking on fundraising efforts to bridge the financial gap. The organization is committed to ensuring that children in the Jamestown community can continue to benefit from their programs and compete both on and off the court.
The challenges Next Level 716 faces underscore the broader difficulties many nonprofit organizations have encountered during the pandemic. Their dedication to providing life preparation through sports remains unwavering, and the community’s support through fundraising will play a pivotal role in their continued success.