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Joe White

Roots of Sport commemorates the life and achievements of Joe White, who was born and raised in Hackney by Montserratian parents. He set up White Heat Basketball Club in 1999, to give gifted junior basketball players the opportunity to play the sport at senior men’s level, where international players are more favoured. White Heat enabled Joe to send players overseas, mainly the USA and to produce and develop British-based talent. These talented players would not only play at the highest level in England, but also overseas, thereby raising the standard of British basketball on a whole.

Joe popularized Basketball in East London by putting the ethos of the game to good use at grassroots level in Hackney, which helped to keep some Black youngsters out of trouble. He founded White Heat Basketball Club. Joe White’s activities became legendary and he is canonized by those who have benefitted from his life-saving work. Unfortunately, Joe died in 2002, at the age of 40. 

  • Educational resources such as CD-ROM or USB memory sticks
  • Seminars/discussions on ‘sport leadership’ and the impact it can have on lives
  • Joe White’s Wall of Fame Exhibition
  • Presentations in community centres and youth clubs
  • Coaching and training workshops on the physical game
  • Short documentary film about Joe White
  • Competitions and tournaments within a cultural community framework;
The project targets young people and adults from diverse backgrounds, who wish to learn basketball and celebrate Joe White’s legacy to the sport. This will be achieved through a series of seminars, exhibitions and workshops:-

Caroline Charles

Caroline Charles has a strong background in Athletics and Basketball. In the 1980’s she was assistant coach for the u16 girls England team and has been involved with organizing teams for Rebook, Adidas, and Sunny D 3v3 London tournaments. She manages Young bloods Basketball Club and is a well-known face on the Basketball circuit.

Caroline has been working as a volunteer with young people since she was 18yrs old and was one of the chaperones for the youth delegation to Singapore to put the London bid for 2012 Olympics. Many young people she’s worked with are now bringing their own children to the club.

Young bloods have produced players who are now receiving further education in America, Canada & Spain, on scholarships gained by their abilities in Basketball. The club has had players in National England teams. Caroline feels that this a tribute to the hard work of all her coaches (ex-players returning to the club to give back to the community what they received when they were younger). These returning coaches receive no wages.

Young bloods club has been going since 1992 and now has 10 male and female teams. “Keeping women playing the game is important to me”, says Caroline; “Women shouldn’t have to give up their passion because they have families. If opportunity isn’t provided, it’s easy to do nothing. I’m glad we can offer ladies the chance to stay in the sport of Basketball”.