Natasha Hart takes her sons to an East London park and gives them a basketball lesson. Their friends and onlookers soon join in.
Newham All Star Sports Academy is registered as a charity. There is £20 in the bank account. It registers its first two England Basketball National League members — the sons of Natasha Hart.
NASSA gains its first England Basketball National League title — in the under-13s age group.
The Carry A Basketball, Not A Blade (CABNAB) campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of knife crime and gang culture is launched by NASSA player Anthony Okereafor.
NASSA’s England Basketball National League membership is now up to 306.
Partnership begins with the University of East London whose SportsDock facility — built for the London 2012 Games — will become NASSA’s new home court two years later. With the future secure, NASSA establishes a Seniors development programme and forms men’s and women’s teams.
Expansion takes NASSA into other London Boroughs — Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Redbridge and Waltham Forest — to reach more young people.
NASSA founder Natasha Hart is chosen to carry the Olympic Flame in the Olympic Torch Relay ahead of the London 2012 Games.
April — NASSA’s teams across its junior and senior, men’s and women’s ranks, win 14 National League titles. The charity’s England Basketball National League membership now stands at 510. Between them, they speak 151 different languages and dialects.
September — NASSA celebrates the fifth anniversary of its CABNAB campaign at Rokeby School, Canning Town. The event is featured on BBC London’s lunchtime and evening programmes.
April — NASSA’s Under–13s boys team are crowned national champions in their age group for the third successive year with a 117–62 win over Leicester Warriors.
June 12 — NASSA is recognised as the overall Charity of the Year at The Charity Awards 2014. NASSA is also selected as winner of the Children and Youth category.
July — NASSA becomes the first community project in Newham to receive a special award from Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe ‘in recognition of NASSA’s outstanding work with young people in Newham.’
January — CABNAB creator Anthony Okereafor is named one of the UK’s Points of Light by the Rt Hon David Cameron, The Prime Minister, for his work in using basketball to combat knife crime.
March — NASSA receives its first minibus, presented by former Chelsea footballer Dennis Wise on behalf of the Dennis Wise and Frankham Consultancy Group Trust.
June — NASSA founder and chief executive Natasha Hart is made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to sport in East London.
September — NASSA hosts a team from abroad for the first time. When Russian basketball club Dynamo Moscow pay a three-day visit, which includes an Under-15s game between the two clubs and a reception at the Houses of Parliament.
January — NASSA’s England Basketball National League membership is now up to 602.
October — Our Carry A Basketball Not A Blade (CABNAB) programme sees NASSA ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Community’ category at the Charity Times Awards 2016
May — As part of Newham’s Junior Citizens programme run by the Metropolitan Police, NASSA educate 3,000 local schoolchildren on knife crime and gang culture in CABNAB workshops.
March — NASSA’s men’s partnership team with the University of East London finishes the season as Men’s Division 3 Runners-Up and win promotion to League 2.
December — Twins Kyan and Ilyas Dar are named joint Young Person of the Year at the L&Q Foundation Awards 2018 for their volunteering work on the NASSA L&Q Junior Coaches Programme.
January — NASSA’s three-year Junior Coaches Programme with partners L&Q Foundation ends. A total of 237 individuals gained 314 qualifications between them. Of these, 54 qualified as Level 2 basketball coaches.
February — NASSA’s girls-only schools session at Sarah Bonnell School receives a visit from New York Knicks and NBA legend John Starks, who gives a talk, shows off his skills and offers coaching tips to the girls.
Newham is the 4th highest borough in England for knife crime
Over 120 local young people gain basketball officiating qualifications through NASSA every year