A program on Staten Island is teaching kids the value of basketball on and off the court. 

Nearly 400 students kicked off the 16th annual Unity Games at Susan E. Wagner High School on Saturday. 

Sixth through eighth grade students were assigned to teams which included different schools and age groups. 

The free program hosts basketball games and educational workshops, including sessions on drug awareness and cyberbullying

Co-Founder Jacob Carey says the event helps kids navigate through tough situations.  

"What we're trying to do is try to set the tone and try to make them understand a little bit about, not just basketball, but what basketball gives them. It gives them a sense of team work. It gives them a sense of community. It gives them a sense of friendship," said Carey.

The Unity Games will continue on Sunday.