In the absence of after-school sports programs, American children’s choices seem to be “joining a gang, [doing] drugs or [staying] at home without doing any... exercise.” The program seeks to provide children with options that encourage staying drug and violence-free. Up2Us is endorsed by a number of professional athletes like Robby Naish and Monica Seles, as well as Olympian Marcus Allen. These positive mentors, along with the highly effective Coach Across America coaches are set to inspire kids to participate in non-violent, community driven, physical activities.
The program seeks to bridge the “burgeoning after-school gap in New Orleans,” by placing 26 qualified CAA coaches in 11 after-school programs. This placement is estimated to give 3,250 kids a safe and healthy alternative to joining the Russian mafia, or freebasing heroin out of a fire hose. Mercedes-Benz President and CEO says that his company seeks to “make a big difference in the lives of American’s youth,” and after-school sports programs are a step in the right direction. The National Collaboration Supporting After-school Sports Programs believe that the youth of New Orleans, having endured Katrina, deserve the chance to learn and participate in organized activities that will lead to positive relationships and a brighter future.
A recent English graduate from Liberty University, Sally Farris has a passion for all things beautiful. Her upbringing in a Coast Guard family has allowed her to live in some of the most popular vacation destinations in the U.S. Currently based in San Diego, she writes for Creativeedgemusic.com, and recently began working as Assistant Travel Editor at JustLuxe. ...(Read More)