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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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Up2Us Sports AmeriCorps Class of 2016

Each June, AmeriCorps Alums, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and their partners celebrate #AmeriGrad through social media and online and through on-the-ground events. Up2Us Sports is proud to partner with AmeriCorps and CNCS on the VISTA program. During the 2015-2016 year, we placed 24 AmeriCorps VISTAs with Up2Us Sports member organizations plus four […]

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Vote for Up2Us Sports in Gatorade’s For the Love of Sports Program!

      Up2Us Sports is proud to be selected as one of the sports charities competing to receive a $50,000 donation. Cast your vote daily until July 23rd, to help us provide more coach-mentors to kids in need: http://www.gatorade.com/loveofsports    

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2016 Gala Celebrates the Power of a Coach

At the fourth annual Up2Us Sports Gala, supporters, donors, athletes, coaches, and celebrities came together to celebrate the power of coaches to make a positive impact in kids’ lives. Honoree Dr. David Colbert was presented with the Legacy Award and Philadelphia-based squash coach Tempest Bowden was presented with the Coach of the Year Award.  Over $300,000 […]

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Memphis Coach Runs Alongside Youth to Teach Teamwork and Effort

Coach Nick got his start at Memphis Athletic Ministries back when he wanted to be a teacher, now he’s happy to say he’s 100% coach. The city of Memphis has a strong loyalty to the sport of basketball, so the idea of coaching the sport – admittedly not knowing much about basketball or sports in […]

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The Benefits of Stress: How Up2Us Sports is Redefining the Role of Competition, for Good

Up2Us Sports’ Healthy Competition Module is Changing the Way Coaches and Athletes Learn from Stressful Situations By: Bryan Kitch for SportUp Let’s face it: Competition gets a bad wrap these days. And it’s easy to understand why. The world of youth sports has long suffered the strains of difficult coach-parent relationships, of misplaced dreams about […]

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