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Using Golf to Teach Honesty, Sportsmanship, Perseverance, and Courtesy

Using Golf to Teach Honesty, Sportsmanship, Perseverance, and Courtesy

I coach golf while implementing life skills through informal instruction. Though a game of golf may not be as complicated as the life many of these kids have, it provides a small getaway that provides more than just a means of relieving stress of home and school.

Coach Nicole: Becoming a Teacher, a Golf Coach and an Inspiration for Girls

Coach Nicole: Becoming a Teacher, a Golf Coach and an Inspiration for Girls

Growing up I knew that becoming a professional golfer was not the path I was interested in taking. I wanted to go to school and become an educator. I knew that one day, I wanted to become a golf coach on the course, and a teacher in the classroom.

Up2Us Sport Volunteers Collaborate with Woodcraft Rangers on Oak Street Elementary Makeover

Earlier this spring, Up2Us Sports partnered up with Woodcraft Rangers on a Community Beautification Project at Oak Street Elementary School in Inglewood, California. Approximately 60 volunteers (including roughly 40 current Up2Us Coaches from the Southern California area) took part in the event and provided the school with a little TLC. Volunteers were greeted started rolling in to the school at 9:00am and were greeted with coffee and bagels at check-in. In true Up2Us Sports fashion, games of foursquare were played by volunteers during the check-in period as a way to reconnect and have fun.

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Once the check-in process came to a close, the volunteers gathered to hear the objectives for the day and were thanked for their participation by the event’s organizers. Various teams were created to sand and paint doors, repaint basketball courts, paint murals, and paint benches and a large wall in the playground area. Each team hit the ground running and dove right into each of their tasks accompanied by music booming down the halls played on Bluetooth speakers to keep everyone engaged.

As the afternoon approached, the school had undergone a substantial transformation. Fresh coats of paint adorned an entire wing of classroom doors while the basketball courts displayed a revitalized look. The benches and wall also no longer looked worn and appeared to have a second lease on life with a new navy blue tint. Logos of each Los Angeles area professional sports team were plastered on the classroom walls facing the basketball courts. These logos are significant given that many young people in the Southern California idolize many of the teams represented on the wall and due to the fact that sports are at the heart of the work that Up2Us Sports does in the community.

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After a brief cleanup process, volunteers were treated to a pizza party where they got to share some laughs and reflect on the day’s work. Oak Street Elementary principal Richard Barter was blown away at the efforts of volunteers. “It was a massive crew and so well organized.” Barter gave high praise for the positive attitude each volunteer displayed and commended them for their commitment to enhancing the image of the school. When Barter was asked what he thought students would enjoy most upon their return from Spring break he responded without hesitation, “The basketball courts; they are absolutely beautiful.”

It’s always great to show up for the Up2Us Sports organization because everyone really just comes together and puts their best attitude forward and it’s great to all work toward one cause
— Coach Marysol Flores

Once lunch had wrapped, volunteers came together in the playground area to take in the murals and share some high fives before calling it a day. Up2Us Coach Marysol Flores shared her thoughts on what motivated her to participate in the project. “It’s always great to show up for the Up2Us Sports organization because everyone really just comes together and puts their best attitude forward and it’s great to all work toward one cause,” she explained. Many other coaches echoed Flores’ sentiment and genuinely seemed pleased to reconnect with some familiar faces from the Up2Us Sports family while having a positive impact on their community.

AmeriCorps Members are Making an Impact through Up2Us Coach and AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps Members are Making an Impact through Up2Us Coach and AmeriCorps VISTA

See what AmeriCorps members serving through Up2Us Coach and AmeriCorps VISTA have been able to accomplish during their service terms. 

How AmeriCorps Has Helped Us #GetThingsDone

How AmeriCorps Has Helped Us #GetThingsDone

Since the inception of Up2Us Sports, AmeriCorps has been by our side, providing grants to support service members to serve as youth sports coaches nationally. These members, play pivotal roles in the lives of youth in and around some of America’s most underserved communities.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Provides Up2Us Coach for DC Youth

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Provides Up2Us Coach for DC Youth

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, the charitable arm of the Washington Capitals, Wizards, Valor, Mystics and Baltimore Brigade, presented Up2Us Sports a grant to give children an opportunity to learn through sports with a coach-mentor.