All week long for AmeriCorps Week, we will be featuring coaches and VISTA’s who share their own story on what serving through AmeriCorps means to them, and impact it has had on them and their community.
Please join us in welcoming the AmeriCorps VISTAs who will be serving at Up2Us Sports and its member organizations for the 2017-2018 program year. VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) is a national service program that utilizes the skills, talents and passion of more than 7,000 Americans annually to support community efforts to overcome poverty.
Up2Us Sports has announced the addition of lightweight boxer Damon Allen Jr. to their group of athlete ambassadors. The 24-year old Philadelphia native has gone undefeated since turning pro, currently holding an 11-0-1 record with 5 KO’s. Damon had a decorated amauteur career, amassing 210 fights. He is a six-time national champion, was ranked #1 nationally in the lightweight category and participated in the 2011 Olympic Trials. He burst into the professional circuit in 2013, winning five fights in his first year as a pro then signing with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) is a national service program to fight poverty in America. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency.
On a warm, sunny day in October, I headed to Papa Playground in West Philadelphia to see the girls’ JV soccer match between Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber and Lincoln High School. I went to watch Saraa, a girl I mentored last year while I was serving as a Coach Across America coach at Starfinder Foundation.