There was pride and emotion among Martin Dusseault’s young Dragons following last weekend’s provincial championship. The reason: several years of effort and compromise, sometimes in difficult situations, have been rewarded.
“I’m very proud, because this is the first time we win this provincial event; also I can still see the emotion on the players’ faces when they won,” says Martin Dusseault, the social worker behind the Bien dans mes baskets program.
In addition to being provincial champions, two of the team’s players were awarded big prizes. James Jean-Marie was named MVP for the Ligue d'excellence du Québec, and Elie Karojo won the provincial RSEQ (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) prize for academic and athletic excellence, which recognizes the efforts of student-athletes in social, sport and academic life. Elie was also named the team’s outstanding student-athlete.
At least 8 of the team’s players will pursue their studies and continue practicing their sport in college next year, either in Québec or in the United States. Congratulations to Martin and his Dragons!
About the Bien dans mes baskets program
Bien dans mes baskets is a psychosocial development program that uses extracurricular basketball as a prevention intervention tool with young adolescents at high risk of dropping out of school. The project is the outcome of a collaboration between the health and social services and the education networks.
Founded by social worker Martin Dusseault, the program Bien dans mes baskets is offered at Jeanne-Mance high school; it is unique of is kind in Québec and Canada. Various stakeholders are involved in this intervention program, including young people and their families, educators and the community.
A documentary about the program, called Martin et les Dragons, has been made. It presents a year in the lives of a social worker, Martin Dusseault, and of a group of troubled youth at Jeanne-Mance high school in Montréal. Martin Dusseault works with youth with academic and social difficulties. He set up Bien dans mes Baskets, a unique social intervention program that uses basketball as an intervention tool. The documentary shows the importance of commitment to help youth take charge of their lives.