Ambassador Kim Vandenberg Hosts Swim Clinic for New Orleans Youth

This morning, Up2Us Sports athlete ambassador Kim Vandenberg hosted a swim clinic for 30 girls from long-standing partner ReNew Schaumburg Elementary. The school, in partnership with The New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission, the American Red Cross and Up2Us Sports, launched their swim program in advance of the 2017-2018 school year. Up2Us Sports placed two […]

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Sab Singh on the Importance of Emerging Sports

I was very encouraged by the recent gathering of important organizations in the world of sports, government, business and health. They gathered to announce their commitment to Project Play 2020, an effort involving these diverse stakeholders who will develop shared goals around making sport accessible to all children. Soon after the reading the press release, […]

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Coach Hemon: Using Soccer to Help Young Refugees

Coach Hemon Waling is emblematic of the incredible individuals that have chosen to serve their community through Up2Us Sports. Like the majority of Up2Us Sports coaches, Waling serves in the community where he grew up, which is a unique aspect of the Up2Us Coach program that helps foster trust and build meaningful relationships across the […]

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The Humana Foundation Awards Up2Us Sports Grants in New Orleans and Tampa Bay

 In July, 2017, it was announced that The Humana Foundation, located in Louisville, Ky., is providing Up2Us Sports grants in both New Orleans, LA and Tampa Bay, FL. to improve the health and well-being of community residents. Up2Us Sports was one of five nonprofit organizations in New Orleans to receive a total of $525,000, and […]

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Up2Us Sports Receives $2.5 Million in National and State AmeriCorps Funding

Through Up2Us Sports’ national coaching program, 350 AmeriCorps members will be trained to coach and mentor low-­income youth to make better decisions, stay healthy, and reach their potential, through the power of sports. The $2.5 million in grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will support AmeriCorps members nationally with added support […]

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Up2Us Sports and Member Organizations Welcome New AmeriCorps VISTAs

Please join us in welcoming the AmeriCorps VISTAs who will be serving at Up2Us Sports and its member organizations for the 2017-2018 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. […]

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Up2Us Sports Ambassador AJ Ramos Donates 200 Tickets to Up2Us Sports Coaches

Up2Us Sports coaches and their families got to experience a Miami Marlins game in person this past Friday thanks to Up2Us Sports Ambassador AJ Ramos.  The Marlins closer generously donated 40 tickets for the coaches and their families for a night at Marlins Park.  Along with a ticket, his guests received a food voucher and […]

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14 Things You Didn’t Know About #14 Sugar Rodgers

Up2Us Sports Ambassador Sugar Rodgers will be heading to the WNBA All-Star Game next weekend. She was named a replacement player and will make her All-Star debut in her fifth season. She will also compete against Seattle’s Sue Bird, Minnesota’s Maya Moore, Connecticut’s Jasmine Thomas and Chicago’s Allie Quigley in the 3-point contest during halftime of the game on July 22nd. The game will be aired live on […]

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Sarbjit Singh on Overcoming Challenges of All Types

In the past seven years, I have highlighted in the Sports Doing Good newsletter and blog more than 4,000 stories of the “good.” This has included everything from on-the-field performances, work by non-profits, team and league programs reaching out to their fan bases, and of course, people overcoming challenges in their lives, big and small, […]

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Marnisha Mintlow Has Been a Marine, a Teacher and Now as an Up2Us Sports coach, She Is ‘Super’

To the kids she coaches Marnisha goes exclusively by ‘Coach Super.’ The moniker doubling as a nickname and the perfect embodiment of her life and commitment to young people. Hearing Marnisha’s story, her nickname becomes less surprising. Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio she grew up in a religious family where both of her parents […]

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