Jonah Shea Steps Up to Youth Basketball Association Expanded Board

Stepping out of day-to-day role as executive director...

Jonah Shea, founder of Shea’s Youth Basketball Association, which provides basketball leagues and community service projects and community service projects available free of charge for about 200 at-risk teens across Barnstable, announced that he is stepping out of his day-to-day executive director role to become a member of a newly expanded board for the organization.

“There are so many teens on the Cape that don’t have the opportunity to be a part of a high school sports team or the resources to afford sports programs outside of school. SYBA give these kids the opportunity to learn teamwork, personal commitment and community service that they might not get otherwise. I’m proud of its growth, but it’s a lot to manage. Ever since around 2015, I knew I’d have to find a home for the program that could better support it in the long-term,” said Shea.

“As the founder of Shea’s Youth Basketball Association, Jonah has been an inspiration to hundreds of teens, showing them that they can personally excel, be a part of a team and contribute to the community no matter what challenges they may face,” says Anne Colwell CEO of Cape Cod Child Development Program. “We are delighted that the merger with Cape Cod Child Development will allow this terrific program to continue, Jonah will have more time to focus on his health, and his board role will enable him to stay involved as a role model for Cape teens well into the future.”

Cape Cod Child Development Program and SYBA will maintain their separate 501c3 status and finances, but the merger will allow for coordinated oversight through a new board of directors. When the merger of the two organizations was official in January, Colwell and Shea began recruiting for SYBA’s new board. The board now includes as SYBA Board Chair, Mike Pierce, who also serves on the CCCDP board. Founder Jonah Shea, Kevin Ralph, Chief Development Officer at Cape Cod Healthcare; Ron Winner, retired Shepley Wood Products executive; Kerry Bickford, Barnstable County Cape Cod Extension and Governor’s Council on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren; and Leah Kosnack Fennell, Marketing Director Shepley Wood Products, round out the board, and add decades of experience and commitment to Cape youth.

The boards of both organizations began discussing the potential merger after a community collaboration in 2016 during which SYBA’s members donated their time to help hand out 100 Christmas trees to 100 of CCCDP’s neediest families. “With Cape Cod Child Development Programs’ extensive agency experience and a strong board of directors, I am confident that SYBA has a long life ahead of it, providing fun and life changing programs for at-risk teens on the Cape,” concluded Shea.   

About Shea’s Youth Basketball Association

Shea’s Youth Basketball Association is a nonprofit organization who gives over 100 youth on Cape Cod a safe place to play basketball, as well as teach them responsibility through their community service “Lend a Hand” program. To learn more about Shea and his youth, please visit: and be sure to like them on Facebook.


About Cape Cod Child Development Program

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