On Wednesday, November 6th, Abhi Sharma, founder and president of the Coaching Corps chapter at Emory University was honored by the Atlanta Falcons with the Community Quarterback Award. Once a month during football season, the Falcons honor individuals that exemplify leadership and dedication to bettering their communities.
“I am truly honored to be named a recipient of the 2013 Community Quarterback Award. Coaching Corps has been such a big part of my life over the past few years, and it is very humbling to be nominated for, let alone win, this award. I have no doubt that this grant will not only help Emory’s Coaching Corps chapter grow, but also provide substantially more for the youth we work with,” said Coach Abhi.
When Coach Abhi discovered Coaching Corps did not exist in Atlanta, he took on the challenge of developing the very first Coaching Corps chapter on a college campus outside of California. Within a year, he launched Coaching Corps at Emory University with 13 volunteers in place to coach and mentor young people at the Jones Boys & Girls Club.
Just one year into existence, the chapter has 23 coaches who have impacted the lives of 330 kids. These dedicated volunteers also supported the Club in creating a basketball league where none existed before.
“The chapter has exceeded my expectations,” says Sharma. “Almost every coach came back for a second season, and we even recruited more coaches. We have a solid connection with the Boys and Girls Club and have even been able to partner with Emory Athletics.”
While working with his team of chapter leaders to find more interested college students, he also works closely with Coaching Corps staff to find more programs that need dedicated and trained coaches.
“I want my chapter to be known as a driving force that is working to close the gap in access to sports opportunities for the kids who need it most,” concluded Sharma. “And we want to inspire a movement of students at Emory who are committed to creating lasting changes for young people in Atlanta.”
Abhi will be recognized on field at the Atlanta Falcons v The Carolina Panthers game on December 29th and the Coaching Corps chapter at Emory will receive a $1,000 award.