Angels in Sports
was created to fill the unmet need of underprivileged student athletes who want
to pursue their own personal goals but are hindered by financial circumstances.
Millions of children in the US live in poverty. According to the US Census
(Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States, 2010,
Report p60, n. 238, p.61) 15.1% of the US population, approximately 49.5 million
people make less than $23,000 (family with 2 children). Approximately 16 million
are children below the age of 18.
Because of poverty, many children struggle to survive and to be educated ...
Education often falls to the wayside in dealing with the social inequities related
to poverty. Private academic tutoring, publically funded sports leagues or even
extracurricular activities, require fees that are out of reach for many young people
below the poverty level. Underprivileged children must find affordable activities
to occupy their time or find other opportunities to enhance their chances for survival.
For many inner city youth, sports is an outlet to briefly escape their personal social condition ...
Despite a low probability of becoming a professional athlete, many children bravely
pursue a path to become like their favorite sports icons. Many young student athletes who
do not succeed may find themselves making poor life choices.
AIS seeks to transform a young person's perspective — To discover a sustainable path to personal success as an adult ...
Many studies conclude that the participation in sports, is a positive catalyst in the
development of youth into adulthood. In a report done by the National Coalition for
Women & Girls in Education (Title IX, Working to Ensure Gender Equality,
Studies have found that female participation in sports offers a range of academic
benefits. Young women who play sports are more likely to graduate from high school,
have higher grades, and score higher on standardized tests than non-athletes.
Sports leads to better short and long-term health, and less opportunity to engage
in risky behavior to include high school athletes being to be less likely to use
drugs or smoke cigarettes. More striking is the lower rates of sexual activity
and pregnancy versus their non-athletic counterparts - Female athletes are less
likely than half of their peers to become pregnant in adolescence
(Journal of Adolescent Research 42 (2002) Participation in Athletics and Female
Sexual Risk Behavior).
Participation in youth sports also leads to a pattern of greater academic
achievement — a pattern that is consistent across all community income levels.
One statewide, three-year study by the North Carolina High School Athletic
Association found that athletes achieved grade point averages that were nearly
a full point higher than those of their non-athlete peers, in addition to
higher graduation rates (National Federation of State High Schools, The Case
for High School Activities, 2008)
The lessons of teamwork, hardwork, leadership, confidence, personal responsibility and self-improvement that boys and girls gain from
participating in athletics can help them after graduation as well as during school. Many executives played
sports, with the majority saying that lessons learned on the playing field
contributed to their success
Angels in Sports
exists not only to bring the training — but to bring opportunity to children —
A chance to show a child's full potential without regards to financial burden. Through AIS
scholarships, young boys and girls will get the chance to hone their skills in a positive manner
that fulfill their goals athletically and academically — to be an athlete and a valued citizen.