November 17, 2016 – THE influence of the NASSA family continues to grow. Three NASSA members have been recognised in the KeolisAmey Docklands Community Champion Awards 2016 which celebrate individuals and groups in the communities served by the Docklands Light Railway.
Among them is NASSA player and Canning Town schoolboy Tyrees Garrod who has been shortlisted in the Young Achiever of the Year category for his stance against bullying.
A victim himself in the past, Tyrees now stands up in classes to give anti-bullying talks to pupils of all ages and also offers advice to the younger NASSA members at training sessions.
NASSA Head Coach Chris Facey has been nominated in the Role Model of the Year category for his work in inspiring young people across east London to embrace the positive virtues that basketball can offer. Coach Chris mentors the young people and is always available to offer advice on life as well as basketball.
NASSA men’s team player and sports coordinator Anthony Okereafor has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Service to the Community category for his work promoting NASSA’s Carry A Basketball Not A Blade (CABNAB) initiative. Anthony came up with the idea of educating young people on the dangers of knife crime and gang culture in 2008, the year in which two of his friends died in separate knife-related incidents.
The trio will find out whether they have won at the awards event on Thursday, December 1 which will be held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in New Providence Wharf.
This is the second year of the KeolisAmey Docklands Community Champion Awards which recognise the valuable contributions made by local heroes in the communities served by the DLR.