Teens from Phoenix House Academy in Austin, Texas, got into the spirit of March Madness at a fun, fast-paced basketball tournament on March 14. At “Get High On the Court, Not on Drugs!”, clients from the inpatient program at Phoenix House Academy challenged each other to dribble and dunk on a sunny Texas Thursday.
The teens formed six teams, with some coalescing spontaneously at the last minute, for the all-day event and competed with enthusiasm. Amit Motwani, prevention staff with Phoenix Houses of Texas, said he could tell the teens were engaged and keen to participate in an activity that got them having fun outdoors on the court: “Kids were out smiling, laughing, playing outside, running, working together as a team and supporting each other.”
Teens who weren’t competing on the court still came to help set up the event and carry containers full of Gatorade out to the players. Others showed up to play guitar on the sidelines, watch, and cheer on their friends. Cathy Runnels, prevention specialist with Phoenix House and the event coordinator, said Phoenix House is planning to host another tournament this summer: “The kids really enjoyed it and said it was something they wanted us to come back out and do again soon. This was a wonderful opportunity to express the importance of keeping your body healthy and active.”
Alternative drug-free events like this one are important to the recovery process–proof that there are fun alternatives to using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Phoenix House Academy also offers activities like yoga, workout club, meditation classes, and the Phoenix Rising Music Program.
If you or a loved one needs help for a substance abuse issue, Phoenix House is here for you. Email us or call today at 1 888 671 9392.