The P.L.A.Y. Academy

Non Statis Ludere: To Play is Not Enough

The P.L.A.Y. Program

The P.L.A.Y. Academy (Planned Learning Achievement for Youth) is a certified basketball camp under the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Founded in 1990, P.L.A.Y. is a unique and innovative non-profit organization designed to enhance individual skills academically, athletically and personally. Our mission is to provide student-athletes with the necessary academic skills to meet the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) standards for graduating from high school across the commonwealth. We do not oppose academic guidelines, but we are concerned that the rules unfairly punish minority students, many of whom are victims of poor resources within their school system. P.L.A.Y. participants attend a one week summer session that focuses on MCAS multiple choice questions, short answer questions, open-response, and writing prompts. Student's will receive academic support for the MCAS in English, language arts (ELA), and mathematics. Additional MCAS tests are administered in science and technology/engineering.

Learning About Learning

For students of color, basketball scholarships can be a ticket to a better future—but only if you have fulfilled the necessary academic requirements. The NCAA has established academic guidelines for scholarship-athletes in Propositions 48 and 16. If you can’t meet these guidelines, your scholarship can be denied—and that’s before you even start college. Once you’re in, earning your degree will take at least four years of hard academic work. That’s why P.L.A.Y. emphasizes these skills above everything else. You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.



Throughout the summer session, you'll be exposed to a range of guest speakers who will share their experiences and viewpoints. You will also be observed by college and NBA scouts. 

Study Skills, Note Taking and Preparing for College
Gain study strategies for more effective learning, college admission preparation, career exploration, and critical thinking techniques that work.

Violence Prevention Seminar:
An Introduction to Bullying

What is bullying?
Who bully's?
Who is a victim?
Who are the bystanders?
Why do bully's bully?

Cyber bullying: The Invisible Risk
Bullying on social media, the phone
and how to respond

Some people want to make it happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.
— Micheal Jordan