Up2Us Sports Gala 2016

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Contributing Location Writer: Mitchell Acks
Photo credit: D. Dipasupli/ Getty Images for Up2Us

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We are stepping into new territory which I’m so happy about. Sports. We, at GOSH!About had the chance to attend an amazing event, and they are doing some great works for kids.

At Three Sixty, in Tribeca, NY on June 15, Up2Us Sports held their 4th annual gala,  celebrating the power of coaches, honouring dermatologist to the stars, Dr. David Colbert, as well as Fitness Coach, Tempest Bowden.  All contributions raised will help train coaches in sports-based youth development and place them under-resourced communities.

We were treated to an open bar with sushi, sliders; hors d’oeuvre were offered, plus various food stations in place.

Tonight, Dr. David Colbert, dermatologist to the stars, was honoured with the Legacy Award. He is the founder and head physician of New York Dermatology and co-founder of ColbertMD Skincare and NYDG Foundation and Up2US board member.

Next, Tempest Bowden, fitness coach, received the Coach of the Year Award. She is Coach Across America Coach at SquashSmarts.


About Up2Us Sports

Up2UsSports  is the nationwide leader in sports-based youth development. Leader in source of training and funding for sports-based youth development programs.
In this way they harness the power of sports to reduce youth violence, promote health, and inspire academic success for kids in every community.

They help more than 1100 organizations which includes schools, parks, nonprofits and faith-based organizations that are using sports to address challenges facing youth like childhood obesity, violence and dropout rates in our public schools. The organization have hired and trained more than 1700 coaches to work with at-risk youth in neighborhoods that lack affordable and accessible recreation programs.

With the help of AmeriCorps National support, starting in 2014, Up2Us Sports, the funds go directly towards placing CAA coaches in Chicago and New Orleans. Over the past two years, 37 coaches have served over 6,800 youth in dozens of sports-based youth development organizations in Chicago. Also, they have trained 40 community-based coaches to serve as high-quality mentors in schools and after-school programs for over 3,000 youth in the last two years.

In 2015 was the biggest year yet for Up2Us Sports training, with over 2,000 coaches nationwide participating in their innovative Sports-Based Youth Development Coach Certification. Also in 2015 marked their first year of their full-time trainers in the Mid-Atlantic (Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC) and South Florida (Miami and Tampa) markets. They give back to returning veterans with their unique program that hires and trains returning veterans as coaches.

More about the organization can be found at : https://up2us.org.


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