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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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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21:  Claressa Maria Shields of the United States celebrates victory over Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands in the Women's Middle (69-75kg) Final Bout on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Ambassador Claressa Shields Makes History with Second Olympic Gold Medal

On Sunday, Up2Us Sports Ambassador Claressa Shields made history by becoming the first American boxer – male or female – to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals. The Flint, Michigan native beat Netherlands fighter Nouchka Fontijn 3-0 (40-36, 39-37, 39-37) in the middleweight category. A heavy favorite going into Rio, she was given a first round […]

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Finding his Passion: How one San Diego lawyer became a devoted youth soccer coach

Ryan Shera has always had a passion for soccer and for coaching. As a former soccer player himself, Ryan understands the true reward of hard work, teamwork, and leadership that soccer can bring. After graduating college and attending law school, Ryan began working at one of San Diego’s largest law firms, and at the same […]

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Use #MyCoachTaughtMe to Share Your Story

Up2Us Sports is launching an exciting social media campaign called #MyCoachTaughtMe to build awareness about the powerful role great coaches play in the lives of our nation’s youth. Follow the steps below to post a brief message on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook describing a powerful lesson learned from one of your favorite coaches or role models.

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Up2Us Sports Wins $50,000 in Gatorade Contest

It was announced on July 24th that Up2Us Sports won Round 1 of Gatorade’s For The Love Of SportsTM contest. As the winning nonprofit organization, they will receive a $50,000 donation from Gatorade. The campaign features sponsored athletes Usain Bolt, Elena Delle Donne, Paul George, April Ross and Serena Williams, who are all competing at […]

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WNBA Sharp-Shooter Sugar Rodgers Joins Up2Us Sports as Ambassador

Up2Us Sports is excited to announce that Sugar Rodgers, a shooting guard for the New York Liberty, has been named the organization’s newest Ambassador. The Georgetown University graduate is currently in her third season with New York and fourth season overall, after being drafted 14th in the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. She […]

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Coach Tempest: Squash Provides Relief and Opportunity

Tempest Bowden started at the bottom. Literally. “I grew up in West Philly, in a neighborhood called ‘The Bottom.’ Most people don’t know it was called ‘The Bottom’ because of where it was located in relation to a river, but a lot of people call it ‘The Bottom’ because it was the hood – it […]

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Up2Us Sports Celebrates Park and Recreation Month

Up2Us Sports partners with parks and recreation departments around the country to provide comprehensive training in positive youth development.  From the park leaders to the frontline staff, Up2Us Sports training helps parks and recreation staff become more effective in their work with local youth.  Read on to see how we are bringing Up2Us Sports training […]

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FOR SALE: Baseball Bat Signed by Giancarlo Stanton, Winner of the 2016 Home Run Derby

Support Up2Us Sports by purchasing a baseball bat autographed by current Miami Marlins’ right fielder, Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton was the winner of the 2016 Home Run Derby, and holds the record for most home runs in the competition. Drafted in 2007, Stanton is a three-time MLB All-Star and the 2014 Hank Aaron Award winner for the National League […]

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Up2Us Sports Receives $1.8 Million in National and State AmeriCorps Grants

Funding will support AmeriCorps members to bring sports­-based youth development education to underserved communities. Up2Us Sports has received $1.8 million in AmeriCorps grants, one National and four state, from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support hundreds of AmeriCorps members. Through Up2Us Sports’ Coach Across America program, AmeriCorps members will be trained to coach and […]

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