RISE-N-Shoot Basketball Program: A Great Success!
2009 RISE-n-Shoot Basketball Program
"Character is the Pathway to Winning"
RISE-n-Shoot was a basketball program that provided young people with positive activity that also helped build character through the guidance of mentorship provided by the coaches and guest speakers prior to every game about the "Word of the Day."
Our goal was to help teach and encourage young people to become better individuals and over-comers in life through the game of basketball.
The concept came from Flying HIGH, Inc.'s League Of Champions (LOC) division. LOC has provided structured, organized sports activities to over 3,000 youth, ages 12-19, throughout northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania with its 4 on 4 Let-it-Fly Flag Football and RISE-N-Shoot Basketball Tournaments.
We would like to thank Youngstown City Schools for allowing us to hold the program at East High
We also thank all the participants of the RISE-N-Shoot Basketball Program.
Congratulations to the GREEN TEAM our 2009 RISE-N-Shoot Champions!!!
HIGHLIGHTS OF PROGRAM:
DRAFT DAY! <> ALL-STAR WEEK <> PLAYOFFS <> END OF PROGRAM BANQUET
The LOC Concept
- Let-It-Fly 4 on 4 Flag Football
- RISE-N-Shoot Basketball Leagues & Tournaments
- Enrichment Programs
- Healthy Relationships with Volunteer
- Mentors Provides Encouragement
- Assists in Job readiness and Training
- Education & Academics
- Highly Structured Activities
- Promotes Soft-Skills for Respectful Relationships
- Character Development
- Athletic Training
- Recognition & Accomplishments
- Acceptance & Understanding
- Physical Fitness & Exercise
History of League of Champions
The League of Champions Sports Programs had their unofficial beginnings in the fall of 1988 with eight young men. They played on a touch football team called the Austintown Eagles coached by Jeffrey M. Magada. The Austintown Eagles teams participated in a league sponsored by Mahoning County Juvenile Court. The success of these teams was tremendous. Mr. Magada would ask the local high school to make an announcement and amazing growth in participation took place. So much, that the Mahoning County Court’s league was not able to accommodate all of Mr. Magada’s teams. Thus, it became necessary to form their own league, and the League of Champions Sports Programs was officially incorporated in 1993 and received its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in 1994.
Acceptance, building character, and recognition are what the League of Champions Sports Programs are all about. As evidenced by the League’s success, the kids love it.
2009 RISE-N-Shoot BASKETBALL PROGRAM held at East High School!
Young people, males and females, ranging from 12-19 came together to participant in a Character Building Basketball Program. We had 150 participants with 8 Mentors per 15 participants along with the help of our staff. We were able to conduct a very successful 6 week program that allowed the Staff, Mentors, and other professionals to come in to speak to our youth about; Respect, Drive, Direction, Hard Work, Obedience, Motivation, Resiliency, Giving, Loyalty, and much more. All taught by tying in the game of basketball to life.
The banquet held June 5, 2009 was great! The Green Team won the battle on the court, but every team won the battle of learning how to overcome situations, gain from situations, and move forward. We expect our next RISE-N-Shoot Basketball Program to be bigger and even better!
Kate and Family
LOC Activities Director met Kate through her son’s participation with LOC basketball leagues. Kate really didn’t want her son involved with the program because she thought the program was just about playing basketball. She felt her son needed to be focused on studying or getting a job instead. Her son joined LOC's boy's basketball league for ages 13-17, Rise-n-Shoot, where league coaches act as mentors to participants and incorporate Character Building learning opportunities into the fun. It had a huge response. Rise-n-Shoot had so many applications they had to cap it at 100 youth because of the facility's limited capacity. Kate’s son was one of the best basketball player’s there and he was very respectful. Kate started to take notice of her son’s strong will to faithfully attend the league. She found that her son liked and respected the LOC Activities Director and saw some positive changes in attitude from him. Kate soon approached the Activities Director herself asking for help with employment and for suggestions on getting the best out of her son. So, as a result of her son's participation in the league, Kate was helped herself. She was assisted with employment opportunities and she and her son continue to have a good friend in LOC's Activities Director.
Kate- “The program has been great and I just feel so comfortable talking to the employees at Flying HIGH, Inc…You have truly been a blessing to me and my son.”