Olympic gold-medallist Claressa Shields laughs with coaches, Ed Kendall , rear center, and Jason Crutchfield as they help wrap her hands before an evening boxing class at the Berston Field House in Flint, Mich. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. Shields, who won the first women's boxing gold medal at the London Summer Olympics, is currently training for the National Police Athletic League title. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Griffin Moores) ORG XMIT: MIFLI704
Up2Us Sports Female Ambassadors are History Makers

Women’s History Month is held annually in March to highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It started with the first International Women’s Day in 1911, grew to National Women’s History Week in 1980 and was officially recognized in it’s current form in 1988. We believe that sports history is […]

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Ambassador AJ Ramos Visits Miami Coach Training Institute

This past Saturday, Miami Marlins pitcher AJ Ramos paid a visit to the Up2Us Sports Coach Training Institute. The event, which ran from August 27 – 30, is for newly selected coaches from Up2Us Sports’ national service program, Coach Across America (CAA).  It is designed to prepare practitioners of all levels to intentionally link sport […]

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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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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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Nikita Whitlock of the New York Giants Joins Up2Us Sports as Ambassador

This week, Up2Us Sports has announced the addition of Nikita Whitlock to their group of athlete ambassadors. The versatile player has been called to play on both sides of the ball and special teams for the 2011 Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Whitlock was named the AP Texas Class 5A […]

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Miami Marlins Closer A.J. Ramos Becomes Up2Us Sports Ambassador

Up2Us Sports is happy to announce that A.J. Ramos, a pitcher for the Miami Marlins, has been named the organization’s newest Ambassador. In his first season as an MLB closer in 2015, he pitched for 32 saves, which ranked him ninth in the National League. Originally from Lubbock, Texas, he played collegiately at Texas Tech […]

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"Creating Change Through Sports" Up2Us Sends 150 Coaches To Mentor 15,000 Youth In Underserved Communities
Doubles Tennis Champion Pam Shriver Joins Up2Us Sports as Ambassador

Up2Us Sports is happy to announce that doubles tennis champion and Olympic gold medalist, Pam Shriver, has joined the organization as an Ambassador. Shriver – who captured 21 singles titles and 112 doubles titles in her illustrious career – will connect with youth participating in sports by sharing experiences from her athletic career and helping […]

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World Champion Rock Climber and Up2Us Sports Ambassador, Sasha DiGiulian, Climbs with Youth in Boston

On Saturday, September 26, World Champion rock climber and Up2Us Sports ambassador, Sasha DiGiulian, travelled to Boston to climb with 20 youth from Up2Us Sports member organization Youth Enrichment Services (YES). She climbed with the kids and taught them techniques and strategies for being better climbers, and discussed the impact her coaches have had on her life. Sasha […]

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How My Swim Coaches Helped Me Become an Olympian

Kim Vandenberg Up2Us Sports Ambassador 2008 Olympic Swimming Bronze Medalist One of the reasons I loved swimming as a child was simply because I loved the swim coaches on my first summer team. During one particular afternoon practice, I vividly remember my first coach Sean had us all singing lyrics from a Jimmy Cliff song: […]

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Ambassador Claressa Shields Shares Documentary with Flint Youth

Up2Us Sports ambassador, Claressa Shields returned to her home town of Flint, Michigan to inspire youth with T-Rex, the award-winning documentary about her road to becoming the first woman to win an olympic gold medal in boxing in the 2012 olympics. In the documentary, the filmmakers show how Claressa was able to overcome her difficult upbringing through her […]

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