Our family has started an organization called Youth Student Athlete, LLC. Directly from our organization's mission statement, our goal is as follows:
"Youth Student Athlete, LLC serves communities by supporting academic and athletic development, and focusing on achievements of youth. The mission of Youth Student Athlete is to help provide positive exposure of youth to various opportunities that will develop their overall abilities, teach and increase responsibility, and ultimately improve capability to be successful in their endeavors as student-athletes.
With regards to accomplishing our mission, the basic objectives of Youth Student Athlete, LLC are academic and athletic guidance. Specifically, our goal is to assist student-athletes in improving scores through acquisition, retention and application of information. Basketball is used as a practical, unbiased, internationally recognized means by which to develop these techniques."
My father started this organization after coaching me and my sisters for many years. He recognized a need in many of the communities where student athletes were coming from. There always seemed to be an absence of fathers, broken homes, financial difficulties, and many other things that always seem to limit the ability of kids, just like me and my sisters, to excel as student athletes.
More than just athletics, my mom and dad have always taught us to have good attitudes and social standing and value education. After those priorities, we have always worked hard in athletics, something that we are passionate about and gives us a positive outlet for creativity and expression. My parents want to see the same emphasis spread to other children in our communities. As our organization is growing, it is opening up a world of opportunities to kids who may otherwise not be able to realize their potential.
Through the Youth Student Athlete (YSA) basketball program, my parents have created a platform for at-risk youth to play the sport that they love while being held to a high academic standard and being given the opportunity to receive mentoring, tutoring, and be a servant of their communities. Not only do we field highly competitive basketball teams that compete in AAU competitions, exposure events and camps all over the southeast US, our players are introduced to different colleges, universities, and taught about NCAA requirements to be able to get into college and further our careers as student athletes.
Many of our participants are unable to pay fees associated with playing club basketball. My parents view this organization as much more than a basketball organization. They view it as an opportunity for outreach. Our teams have players from several different schools across at least three counties in North Alabama. There is a lot of potential for growth, but the organization needs money.
My parents used a lot of their own money last year to help our team. They bought uniforms, payed for hotel rooms and food for players who needed the support. They are actively seeking sponsors and support for the vision of this organization. As a part of Youth Student Athlete, and their son, I want to do my part.
I believe that Youth Student Athlete is a positive and important organization for our community, by helping one kid at a time. This country can be improved and made better, one kid at a time, one community at a time. If I am approved for this grant by DOSOMETHING.org, I will give it to Youth Student Athlete to help pay for the expenses of helping kids stay involved with the program: uniforms, tournament fees and registration, travel, room and board, books, tutoring expenses, practice facilities, etc.