Two alums volunteer at basketball school in Kazakhstan

Former Saint Joseph’s College basketball standouts Meghan Daigle ’11 and Chris Petzy ’12 have been invited by the Drive School of Basketball as volunteers to help the organization continue working toward social and community development in Kazakhstan.

Daigle and Petzy—who recently completed his first season playing with Oxford Brookes University and was named as the England Basketball League Division 4 Midlands-Southwest Player of the Year—will serve as volunteer coaches for Drive and will also have the opportunity to play basketball in Kazakhstan, a country located in Central Asia, this summer.

According to an informational brochure, "Drive is a complete basketball training experience imparting the values of discipline, integrity, education, and love into young players and youth coaches. This vision requires a strategy of coaching youth, training youth coaches, building and renovating basketball courts and playgrounds, and resourcing families for raising healthy and virtuous kids."

While working for the Drive School of Basketball, Daigle and Petzy will employ their passion for basketball and community for two months this summer in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city. The pair arrived there in early June and is being tasked with coaching kids, training future youth coaches, building and renovating basketball courts in underprivileged communities, and educating youth and families through sports.

In addition to coaching, Daigle and Petzy will also have opportunities on the court to use their gifts as basketball players to build relationships with local colleges and pro players and help Drive continue to develop in the area.

The hope and focus of the cause is to use basketball as an instrument to positively connect with the youth of Kazakhstan in order to help build hard-working and honest future leaders of the country.

“We truly believe in the work that Drive is doing to invest in young people, and we are excited to explore how the opportunity to live in a completely different culture can help us to grow as well,” adds Daigle. “In this significant stage of our young lives, this opportunity brings together so much that we are both passionate about—basketball, international service, community development, faith, and investing in the lives of young people.”

Source: For updates, visit Daigle and Petzy's blog.

June 17, 2014
Contact: David Svenson at 207-893-7723 ·