The Stickman Classic Youth Basketball Tournament was started by Joakim’s long-time coach and mentor, Tyrone Green, and is held annually in Long Island City, NY. More than 500 boys and girls, ages 12-18, from all five boroughs participate in the summer-long tournament at the Long Island City YMCA. Each year, Noah's Arc Foundation hosts a celebration the final weekend of the tournament, which features the championship game for each of the five divisions.
During the games, Cecilia facilitates an Expression from the Inside for Kids® workshop where the players engage in a deep form of self-expression and use clay to communicate their innermost emotions.
After the event, the players and their families join Joakim and the Noah's Arc Foundation for a cookout where Joakim shares his story with the kids and encourages them to make positive choices that will empower them to be successful in life.