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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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Veteran Coach Sean Johnson Making an Impact in Philadelphia

My name is Sean Johnson and I am a veteran of the United States Air Force. I served in the Desert Storm conflict, returned home and was shot in the back in my neighborhood. I was left a paraplegic with little hope from the medical establishment that I would ever walk again. There was a […]

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Coach Isaac Williams Honored by USA Football

Former Up2Us Sports coach Isaac Williams was recently named a grand prize winner in USA Football’s Thanks Coach contest. The Thanks Coach program honors coaches who have inspired their players to be better, work harder and attain more. With more than 1,000 nominations, there are no shortage of coaches around the country who are making […]

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje, chairman of the Laureus Foundation Netherlands talks to members of the Harlem Lacrosse team during their practice at Fredrick Douglass Academy on November 3, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images for Laureus) *** Local Caption *** Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje
Laureus Ambassador and Netherlands Royal Visits Coach Eoin at Harlem Lacrosse

Prince Pieter-Christaan van Oranje-Nassau of the Netherlands came by a Harlem Lacrosse practice to see Up2Us Sports in action. Pieter-Christaan sits on the Laureus global board and is in New York City to run his 10th NYC marathon. He had a chance to speak with Up2Us Sports coach, Eoin Collins, about the team and observe […]

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Coach Alfonso: From Combat Instructor to Soccer Coach

Growing up in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, Alfonso Palacios knew he was a smart kid but he also felt like he could get away with anything. He had a brief encounter with the police when he was 10-years-old and they tried to scare him straight, but it was the strong voice of his cousin Freddy, […]

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The First Six Months: Nonprofits Need to Hire Veterans

Paul Caccamo Up2Us Sports Founder & CEO Many veterans have told me the first six months is what really matters. They are referring to the immediate time when they have finished their tours of duty and returned home to civilian life. During these first six months stateside, our military veterans must navigate a unique and […]

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What Does a Trauma-Sensitive Sports Practice Look Like?

Sports are not often the first thing to come to mind when looking to address trauma.  At Up2Us Sports, we’re working to change that.  When implemented by a trained coach who can create a safe space for youth, sports can be a positive experience for youth with a past of adverse childhood experiences.  Below is an example of […]

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1 of 1,000,000: Coach Anthony’s Service as a AmeriCorps Member

My name is Anthony Andino and I am an AmeriCorps alumnus who served three years as an AmeriCorps member at Up2Us Sports. I am currently the Sports and Recreation Coordinator for Henry Street Settlement in New York City and serve as the Host Site Supervisor for our current AmeriCorps Coach Across America (CAA) coaches. The […]

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