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A Veteran from California Spends a Year as a Coach on His Way to Columbia University

Angel Fulgencio grew up in Oxnard, California just a few hours north of Los Angeles. He is the son of an immigrant family whose parents migrated from Mexico. Growing up, his parents worked hard in the strawberry fields in Oxnard to provide for the family. In high school Angel joined the football team, which was […]

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Up2Us Sports Stands With Got Your Six in Support of Female Veterans

The veteran empowerment organization Got Your 6 launched a new PSA, #ShesBadass, to continue celebrating the accomplishments of women veterans.  Up2Us Sports would like to highlight a couple of the amazing female coaches who serve their communities through our Operation Coach program.   Marnisha Mintlow Brotherhood Crusade Los Angeles I am a native of Dayton, Ohio and I […]

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A Coach Teaches Resiliency, By Practicing It Himself

Scott Hayes is an Air Force veteran serving as an Up2Us Sports coach in Los Angeles at the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. Read his own words on a recent experience with one of his kids and how he was able to use the training he has received through Up2Us Sports to positively impact the situation. The […]

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Striving for Service, Rafael Became A Coach

Coach Rafael has had a sense of service for as long as he can remember. Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, Rafael Padilla was most interested by artistic and creative pursuits. He was an avid writer and performed in a variety of theatre performances. Though he grew up in what he referred to as a “tough […]

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Coach Tyree’s Long Road Home

Tyree Love jumped from group home to group home growing up in the foster care system in Los Angeles, California after being taken from his mother at just two years old. Through the years, he spent time in seven group homes and two foster homes before being emancipated by the courts once he turned 18. […]

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Veteran Coach Sean Johnson Making an Impact in Philadelphia

My name is Sean Johnson and I am a veteran of the United States Air Force. I served in the Desert Storm conflict, returned home and was shot in the back in my neighborhood. I was left a paraplegic with little hope from the medical establishment that I would ever walk again. There was a […]

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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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HELP RAISE $100,000 IN 100 DAYS

Up2Us Sports has launched a fundraising campaign on CrowdRise called $100k in 100 Days to support our Operation Coach program. Between September 23, 2016 – December 31, 2016 we want to raise $100,000 to help returning veterans reconnect with their communities through sports. We’d like to expand Operation Coach to support more returning veterans, and […]

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From Combat to Coaching: How One Miami Veteran Is Making a Difference in His Hometown

For the kids in the soccer program at enFAMILIA in Homestead, Florida, they see Jacinto Molina as a coach, a mentor, and a friend. Having grown up in the same community as many of enFAMILIA’s participants, it has been easy for Jacinto to develop a close connection with many of the kids in the program, and […]

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