Coach Alfonso: From Combat Instructor to Soccer Coach

Growing up in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, Alfonso Palacios knew he was a smart kid but he also felt like he could get away with anything. He had a brief encounter with the police when he was 10-years-old and they tried to scare him straight, but it was the strong voice of his cousin Freddy, […]

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The First Six Months: Nonprofits Need to Hire Veterans

Paul Caccamo Up2Us Sports Founder & CEO Many veterans have told me the first six months is what really matters. They are referring to the immediate time when they have finished their tours of duty and returned home to civilian life. During these first six months stateside, our military veterans must navigate a unique and […]

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What Does a Trauma-Sensitive Sports Practice Look Like?

Sports are not often the first thing to come to mind when looking to address trauma.  At Up2Us Sports, we’re working to change that.  When implemented by a trained coach who can create a safe space for youth, sports can be a positive experience for youth with a past of adverse childhood experiences.  Below is an example of […]

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1 of 1,000,000: Coach Anthony’s Service as a AmeriCorps Member

My name is Anthony Andino and I am an AmeriCorps alumnus who served three years as an AmeriCorps member at Up2Us Sports. I am currently the Sports and Recreation Coordinator for Henry Street Settlement in New York City and serve as the Host Site Supervisor for our current AmeriCorps Coach Across America (CAA) coaches. The […]

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Up2Us Sports Helps AmeriCorps Celebrate 1,000,000 Members

This fall, AmeriCorps honors the one million people who have taken the pledge to “get things done for America.” As a proud member of the AmeriCorps community, Up2Us Sports commemorated this milestone by holding a celebratory event on Wednesday, October 5th at one of our long standing Coach Across America (CAA) host site organizations, Henry […]

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