OUR COMMUNITY CHALLENGE
Many of the sports programs in our community are too expensive, not accessible for most families, and not culturally responsive.
We know children’s physical health has a direct correlation with their ability to succeed at home, in school, and in the community. We provide accessible, low-cost opportunities for youth to participate in sports in their ownneighborhoods. Community members are recruited as volunteer coaches and helpers to surround ourboys with local role models and caring adults. In this program, we focus a great deal on development in the essential skills areas of collaboration, contribution, and self-regulation.
Check out our creative solutions to this community challenge:
North End Fall Football League (NEFFL) for boys and girls in 2nd - 8th grades. NEFFL was designed to
introduce young athletes to physical fitness while providing a safe environment to grow and build motor skills. This new program was piloted in September 2018 and reached 65 youth.
Motivating More Males (M3) is more than just basketball. M3 is an experience which uses basketball as a tool to reinforce essential life skills, character, academic motivation, and positive self-identity among 5th and 6 th grade boys. We set high expectations for performance in the classroom as well as on the court. We keep boys busy with a Saturday component from 10am-2pm providing basketball skill development and learning African American history. M3 also incorporates volunteerism, travel to tournaments, and other experiences to enrich boys’ lives.
Sports camps for kindergarten and 1 st grade boys are offered in Champaign and Rantoul. We provide
camps and clinics for young boys to learn soccer and basketball skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork. These experiences are fun, interactive, and age appropriate.