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Operation Coach: Coaching Opportunities Available for Veterans

Operation Coach is a program of Up2Us Sports that provides veterans with support and professional development while giving back to their community as a coach mentor for underserved youth. AmeriCorps Operation Coach coaches serve as AmeriCorps members for the duration of their service term, which is 900 hours, not to exceed a full year.   […]

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REGISTER NOW: Up2Us Sports Trainings for Programs

This spring, Up2Us Sports is excited to roll out a new set of content focused on sports-based youth development program design, program quality, and evaluation. Targeted at program directors and program staff designing youth sports programs, this nation-wide launch includes new training events at every major regional Up2Us Sports hub during the month of April. […]

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Sports Doing Good Blog is Changing the Conversation

By: Sab Singh More than seven years ago, I wrote two articles for SportsBusiness Journal that were published within 5 months of each other. They dealt with the areas of sport and social responsibility and social entrepreneurship. The feedback was very positive and I was encouraged by many to start a blog on those topics. […]

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AmeriCorps VISTAs: Where are They Now?

At Up2Us Sports, we work to increase the capacity of our more than 1,300 member organizations who use sports to make a positive impact.Sports has the power to pull young people out of poverty by providing them with positive adult-mentors in the form of coaches, giving them access to opportunities to learn and take risks […]

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AmeriCorps Works: Up2Us Sports VISTAs Turn their Service Year into Full-Time Careers

During her senior year at CUNY City College in New York City, Wendolyn Ebbert decided she wanted to join the Peace Corps after she graduated. She was majoring in International Studies and felt compelled to go abroad and make a difference in the lives of those in need around the world. “Then I started changing […]

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Coach Chanice: Using Dance as a Powerful Tool for Youth Development

In every aspect of her work as a dance coach at ARISE Academy you can see the strategies Chanice learned at the Up2Us Sports training.  One example of this is helping kids who struggle to behave by giving them opportunities to matter. “One of [my] students likes to talk back, he likes to talk the entire class so […]

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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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Up2Us Sports Host Sites Collect High Quality Data

Up2Us Coach host sites 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 […]

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From Needing An Adult in Her Corner to Becoming the Coach Kids Can Count On

The most important factor in a young person’s life is whether or not they have positive adult relationships. Nobody knows this better than Maria Gomez. Maria joined her family in the United States after being born in Guatemala when she was in second grade. A transition which on its own is challenging, but coupled with […]

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EXCELLE SPORTS: How One Former Basketball Star Found Her Calling Inspiring Others Through Up2Us Sports

Claire Perry knows a thing or two about being a great coach. The Philadelphia native grew up in a household of five where she was not only the youngest, but was also expected to keep up. Perry dedicated her life to basketball at an early age, playing on an all-boys team while being coached in the sport by […]

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