Children from struggling communities are often times not given chances to succeed on the field or in the classroom. They are at a disadvantage not because they don’t have the skills to succeed, but because they are not given as many opportunities to flourish. Self-confidence and the ability to set positive goals are critical attitudes to have at a young age, and can greatly improve the chances for success later in life. Coaching Corps works to provide those opportunities and nurturing the skill set required for our underprivileged youth to succeed later in life.
On Friday, April 19th the Coaching Corps Chapter at the University of Southern California hosted their first “Take Your Team to College” Day. Twenty youth from the Brotherhood Crusade and Kids in Sports were guests of honor and had the opportunity to see what, academically and athletically, they are working towards.
“Events such as the ‘Take Your Team to College’ Day provide such an extremely beneficial opportunity to our staff because it allows us to expose our youth to possibilities and circumstances they have never imagined themselves in,” said Mitchell Rogers, a Youth Advocate for Brotherhood Crusade. “The breadth of knowledge the students receive by simple interaction with college students and being allowed through the facilities of a major college institution is invaluable.”
The event included a tour of the McKay Center: USC’s premier student-athlete center and various buildings highlighting USC’s academic strengths and impressive architecture. There was also a question and answer session with a USC student-athlete panel that included: Julie Tseng from track and field, Coaching Corps Coach Alex Quincy from women’s soccer, and David Blu a member of the men’s basketball team who graduated in 2002 who has returned to finish his education at USC. The panelists spoke about their various experiences and how important it is to find a balance between sports and academics.
After a tour of the beautiful USC campus, 12 year old Keshon Lang quipped, “I’m going to get straight A’s now so I can come to USC!”