Up2Us Sports Turns Seven!

Today, Up2us Sports celebrates our seventh anniversary. Seven – a number often associated with luck. Well, I do feel lucky. Half of start-up nonprofits fail within the first five years. And, of those that survive, only 20% grow to our size and budget. But is it really luck? After all, many who study luck recognize […]

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Up2Us Sports Surpasses $100,000 Fundraising Goal for Operation Coach

On September 23, 2016, Up2Us Sports launched a CrowdRise campaign with the goal of raising $100,000 in 100 days to support our Operation Coach program. Thanks to the generosity of nearly 300 donors and the continued support of ESPN, we have raised $146,304 to support returning veterans. ESPN’s support of Operation Coach has been vital […]

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A Coach Teaches Resiliency, By Practicing It Himself

Scott Hayes is an Air Force veteran serving as an Up2Us Sports coach in Los Angeles at the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. Read his own words on a recent experience with one of his kids and how he was able to use the training he has received through Up2Us Sports to positively impact the situation. The […]

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2016: Looking Back on a Year of Up2Us Sports Coaches

Over the 2016 calendar year, we had nearly 500 coaches improving their communities through the Up2Us Sports coaching program.  We asked them to share their favorite memory. Coach Maria and the rest of the Touching Miami with Love crew participated in a 5k walk to support one of our students who was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis. […]

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Will you make a donation to help support a veteran this holiday season?

That’s probably an interesting opening line for an ask from an organization that is focused on using sports to inspire at-risk youth. But just ask Coach Ruby. As a Corporal in the Marine Corps, Ruby served our nation through three separate deployments to Iraq. When she returned, she searched for a way to translate her […]

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A Coach-Mentor’s Reflections

By: Coach Lindsey 40 balls, 32 cones, 22 kids and 12 weeks. These are the numbers I was thinking about four years ago as I walked into an old gymnasium in Chester, Pennsylvania, an underserved community outside of Philadelphia. I clutched the Soccer for Success curriculum both nervously and excitedly. The integration of nutrition into […]

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Striving for Service, Rafael Became A Coach

Coach Rafael has had a sense of service for as long as he can remember. Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, Rafael Padilla was most interested by artistic and creative pursuits. He was an avid writer and performed in a variety of theatre performances. Though he grew up in what he referred to as a “tough […]

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Up2Us Sports Coaches: 2016 By the Numbers

Up2Us Sports conducted an internal evaluation through data collection from over 200 coaches working in urban areas all over the country.  According to the findings, coaches help improve physical fitness and life skills of youth participants. View the full report here.

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Coaching for Impact: An Evaluation of Up2Us Sports Conducted by the Louisiana Public Health Institute

For The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) conducted an external evaluation of the efficacy of the Up2Us Sports program in New Orleans during the 2015-2016 program year. The evaluation measured the extent to which Up2Us Sports contributes to improved fitness and the development of positive attributes for youth.  Data was collected from youth participants in […]

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Coach Tyree’s Long Road Home

Tyree Love jumped from group home to group home growing up in the foster care system in Los Angeles, California after being taken from his mother at just two years old. Through the years, he spent time in seven group homes and two foster homes before being emancipated by the courts once he turned 18. […]

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