When Two Ithaca Alumni Meet: How A Passion for Sports Led Candace to VISTA

After graduating from college, Candace Burton knew she didn’t want to go down the traditional path. As a Sports Management major, most opportunities are in sales or a team sport setting and she knew that path wasn’t for her. After briefly working at Row New York and the New York Parks Department, she knew she […]

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HELP RAISE $100,000 IN 100 DAYS

Up2Us Sports has launched a fundraising campaign on CrowdRise called $100k in 100 Days to support our Operation Coach program. Between September 23, 2016 – December 31, 2016 we want to raise $100,000 to help returning veterans reconnect with their communities through sports. We’d like to expand Operation Coach to support more returning veterans, and […]

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New Report Shows Youth Need 140 Hours of Physical Activity to See Health Outcomes

Up2Us Sports collected data from 379 Coach Across America coaches serving approximately 85,550 youth at 148 sports-based youth development organizations.  Youth who were offered more physical activity over the course of the CAA program saw greater improvements on average in the PACER test compared to youth who were offered less physical activity. 140 hours appeared to […]

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From Combat to Coaching: How One Miami Veteran Is Making a Difference in His Hometown

For the kids in the soccer program at enFAMILIA in Homestead, Florida, they see Jacinto Molina as a coach, a mentor, and a friend. Having grown up in the same community as many of enFAMILIA’s participants, it has been easy for Jacinto to develop a close connection with many of the kids in the program, and […]

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Up2Us Sports 2015 Annual Report

How do you summarize a year?  Up2Us Sports summarizes it in dance, soccer, baseball, football, squash, rugby and lacrosse.  A year is creating healthier children, better performing schools, and safer communities. A year is the connection that sports has to each one of those outcomes. We hope you will read our 2015 Annual Report and we thank […]

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PALMco Sponsors Four Coach-Mentors in Baltimore

Thanks to a donation from PALMco – a family-owned and operated energy supply company – Up2Us Sports will support and train four coaches in the Baltimore, MD area. All four coaches recently attended an Up2Us Sports Coach Training Institute in Boston. Read about the four coaches below: Coach Omar DuPree Baltimore Lacrosse and Leadership  Omar was born and […]

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Giggling, Goofy and Wonderful: How I Taught Girls Self-Confidence Through Soccer & Community Service

My name is Laura Louden, and I serve through the sports-based youth development (SBYD) based program Coach Across America, which harnesses the transformative power of sport as a platform for youth development and social change. My host site is America SCORES Chicago, a nonprofit delivering soccer, creative writing, and service learning after-school programming in ten […]

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Ambassador AJ Ramos Visits Miami Coach Training Institute

This past Saturday, Miami Marlins pitcher AJ Ramos paid a visit to the Up2Us Sports Coach Training Institute. The event, which ran from August 27 – 30, is for newly selected coaches from Up2Us Sports’ national service program, Coach Across America (CAA).  It is designed to prepare practitioners of all levels to intentionally link sport […]

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Up2Us Sports Welcomes New AmeriCorps VISTAs

Please join us in welcoming the AmeriCorps VISTAs who will be serving in Up2Us Sports and its member organizations for the 2016-2017 program year. VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) is a national service program that utilizes the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty. We have 15 new VISTA members starting […]

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What Are High Impact Attributes?

Research tells us that kids who develop these attributes do better in all parts of their lives.  They are the things that kids learn while playing sports that help them do better in school, in a job or in their community.  They are the things that help youth make good decisions. Self-Awareness The ability to […]

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