The MISSION of Athletics & Beyond is to create OPPORTUNITY through EXPOSURE.
Athletics & Beyond (A&B) is a resident led nonprofit organization devoted to encouraging and mentoring students to reach higher, specifically to aim for a college education. A&B's programs provide engaged support to increase high school graduation rates and secondary education attendance as well as prepare students for the rigorous academic requirements of college.
Athletics- fine tune basic fundamental and overall knowledge of the sport of choice.
&- There is more than being just an athlete
Beyond- encourage participants to strive for academic success, volunteerism and plan for a career beyond playing sports
Athletics & Beyond is a nonprofit organization that is intrinsically designed to increase and expand the educational trajectories of Denver students at-risk for high school and college in completion. A&B's mission is to create opportunity through exposure. By using athletics to capture the attention of student athletes, A&B incorporates robust services that also provide participants with the opportunity to develop life skills, explore alternative careers, and have access to preparatory rigorous academic support. Such services have enabled A&B to engage students academically and dramatically increase the likelihood that inner-city students graduate high school, attend and are prepared for higher education as well as obtain the discipline and fortitude to graduate with a post-secondary degree.
A&B Programming consists of four components: 1) Educational Success, 2) Life Skills Building, 3) Career Options and 4) Athletic Development. SAP focuses on at-risk children and youth primarily attending Denver Public Schools (DPS). Currently, there are no other programs in the Denver metro area that combine the aforementioned components into a whole-child approach to at-risk youth development. With the organization's foundation goal and mission to increase high school and post-secondary, this approach has produced graduation and retention rates that are unrivaled by other organizations in the Denver Metro area. The Educational Success component of SAP provides academic support and resources and intensive mentoring. A&B hosts National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center workshops, requires academic tutoring; ACT and SAT preparation and testing and monitoring of the academic progress of students. Additionally, throughout the year A&B student athletes participate in college campus tours and sports camps and combines.
Increased demand for services from financially disadvantaged families and reduced programs fees makes it difficult to scholarship families in need of our services. Financial support helps cover program monthly and annual fixed expenses as well as other general operating expenses required to remain sustainable.
Staffing and volunteerism:
challenges within our organization. As we're experiencing growth, we have greater needs for office staff, tutors, coaches, community facilitators, and event volunteers. Failure of volunteers' commitment can make fundraising activities a gamble.
A facilities that will allow A&B to provide tutoring, athletic training, hold meeting space and space for our life skills workshops.
Equipment and uniforms:
Office equipment, office supplies, athletic training equipment and laptops for academic & athletic NCAA Eligibility Center workshops. Uniforms are needed for the Colorado Connect club athletic programs as well as t-shirts and company apparel for marketing and representation at workshops and A&B staff identification.
Ground and air transportation:
A van or SUV will help transport students on college campus tours, airline tickets for out of state college campus tours and to tournaments.
Through individual financial support, corporate and grants our programs help kids from these areas to participate.
My name is Michelle McGee I am a single mother of four children and a grandmother of one. Majority of my knowledge was gained while working through my association with Athletics & Beyond and from being a single mother and my Motto is the same.
Serving as the treasure has been an honor.
…"Each One >> Reach One >> Teach One"…
NCAA Student Athlete Testimonials: http:vimeo.com21468795
S.W.A.G. Academic Academy Testimonials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDz9FBNygoo&list=UUU8-y90DVnyES77CKJeydvg
High School Student Athletes testimonials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXs3w3Xd8aI&list=UUU8-y90DVnyES77CKJeydvg
"A&B taught me to not be a big fish in a small pond, but to go out there travel and compete against the best of the best on a national level through combines and clinics." -#22 Ezekiel Bishop, East FootballAZ State (http:www.athleticsandbeyond.comzeek.html)
"Athletics and Beyond is a concept program developed via the genius and foresight of Narcy Jackson. A program ushering our young boys into mighty men through devotion to athletics, charity, and mentoring, it's benefit for our children is beyond measure." Mother of River Thompson- University of Colorado Buffalo football team (http:www.athleticsandbeyond.comriver.html)
"A&B has helped my son make the most out of his high school football experience. Being a great athlete must include being a good student and citizen. A&B helps athletes realize their potential as players and as people." - Amie MacKenzie (mother of Miles http:www.athleticsandbeyond.commiles.html)
"I had the opportunity to be apart of Athletics & Beyond as a keynote speaker and group volunteer. It is an amazing program that covers numerous topics that are critical to students growth as athletes but more importantly as human beings. The care and support that A&B provides to these wonderful kids is truly an awesome thing. A&B is making a positive impact in many kids lives and I'm happy to have been a part of such a wonderful program."
Ethan Fisher, Speaker for Life CONsequences