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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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Coach Across America Recognizes Partner Organizations for 2014-2015 Results

Organizations that host Coach Across America coaches participate in data collection to measure the benefits of a coach trained in Sports Based Youth Development for youth health and life skills. Data collection includes youth fitness tests (the PACER) and youth surveys measuring the High Impact Attributes, a group of positive attributes connected to the sport experience and to positive […]

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Up2Us Sports 2016 Gala Tickets on Sale Now!

Join us to celebrate the power of sports and coaches to encourage at-risk youth to make smarter decisions on and off the field. Visit Up2UsSportsGala.com to view auction items or to purchase tickets and sponsorships. JUNE 15, 2016 Three Sixty 10 Desbrosses Street New York City 6:30pm Cocktails & Strolling Dinner 7:45pm Program & Seated Dessert Cocktail […]

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Changing the Game: Sport System Re-Design

Improving the quality of the sport experience for the participant has typically been accomplished through two main approaches: coach education and use of curriculum (activities and materials). However in our observation and work with a wide range of youth sports programs, we have found an exciting third approach. We have termed it Sport System Re-Design […]

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Coach Across America: Finding Common Ground to Build Relationships with Youth

Langston Hughes Academy sits just a short distance north of the horse race tracks in the Fairgrounds neighborhood of New Orleans. While it looks different now than it did when Unique Snyder was a child – it was completely renovated after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 – it has the same distinct smell that she […]

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Up2Us Sports’ Megan Bartlett Publishes Book on Sports System Re-Design

Our very own Chief Program Officer, Megan Bartlett co-authored a book on changing youth sports with John McCarthy, a professor at Boston University and Lou Bergholz, founder of Edgework Consulting. Many observers have pointed out what is wrong with youth sport: an emphasis on winning at all costs; parental over-involvement; high participation costs that exclude many […]

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AmeriCorps Week: How AmeriCorps is Helping Up2Us Sports Make an Impact in Chicago and New Orleans

Since the inception of Up2Us Sports, AmeriCorps has been by our side, providing grants to support our Coach Across America (CAA) coaches nationally. These coaches, many of who are from the communities in which they serve, play pivotal roles in the lives of youth in and around some of America’s most underserved communities. They give […]

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Coach Across America: Chicago Coach Uses Running to Teach Leadership

A current Serve Illinois AmeriCorps coach at Chicago Run – an organization promoting the health and wellness of Chicago youth through innovative, engaging and sustainable youth running programs – Noelia Fraga brings a unique perspective to coaching that helps her encourage her students to strive to be their best. As a Chicago native and a […]

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The Crisis of Sports in Inner-City America

Paul Caccamo Founder & CEO Up2Us Sports Today, a child waking up in a low income urban community is four times less likely to play sports after school than a child waking up in a more affluent community a mile down the road. Today, kids who should be kicking soccer balls and swinging baseball bats after school, instead, […]

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