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  • Coach Derek teaches sports fundamentals to disadvantaged children of poverty
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    To coach, mentor and empower at risk youth in Los Angeles to lead healthy and positive lives through sports instruction, employment and college preparation.

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KABC News: Nonprofit Starts Watts Kids on Road to College

By Lori Corbin, KABC News | Read it on KABC NEWS Monday, July 24, 2017

In order for children to be good in sports and make a team, they have to be good in education. Coach Derek says all it takes is for parents to read to their kids about 21 minutes a night. (KABC)




Even though it's a hot and sticky day in Watts, Coach Derek Locklear and his team are giving kids a little extra time with sport skills and studies.

"So we work with the teachers to help those children who really, really need extra special help," said Locklear.

Locklear's "Coach Derek" program is successful, but it's his "Let's Give Them a Shot" program that he is most passionate about.

It's a non-profit that gives second graders and older kids help in the classroom as well as on the field.

Jerson Ramirez, who went through Locklear's coaching program, grew up in South Los Angeles, so he understands the challenges of growing up in the area.

"I don't want to blame the teachers, but sometimes they don't hire people who have the experience, the time," said Ramirez, who enjoys teaching.

"We're meeting children in the second, third and fourth grade that just don't know their letters. If you don't know your letters, then how are you going to read?" asked Locklear.

In order for children to be good in sports and make a team, they have to be good in education. Coach Derek says all it takes is for parents to read to their kids about 21 minutes a night.

"Studies have shown that parents who went to college read to their children for 21 minutes. That is going to get your child above reading level," said Locklear.

Locklear encourages parents to imagine how frustrating it would be if reading is difficult at such a young age. It may manifest into withdrawal, then anger, he said.

He encourages parents to not only read, but listen and have conversations so kids are better prepared in school.

Their goal is to see these second graders go to college. So far, progress is good.

"We've seen 100 percent growth in their reading capabilities, their self esteem, their confidence, their conduct," said Locklear.

Like most non-profits, "Let's Give Them a Shot" hopes to get the funding they need to keep this dream alive.

Read it on KABC NEWS



From a Dream


Underprivileged Children

Derek Locklear, owner of Coach Derek Inc., founded Let’s Give Them a Shot with the vision of creating a program that would serve underprivileged children in at-risk neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area.

At-Risk Community

Due to low resources and limited funds, this at-risk population is missing what every child deserves; the opportunity to learn and play with quality instruction and equipment.

A study reported in the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport finds that disadvantaged children may fall short in basic motor skills: "The vast majority of underprivileged preschoolers who were tested scored below the 30th percentile of children across the U.S... That ranking is considered developmentally disabled."

Being the Best They Can Be

Throughout the Let’s Give Them A Shot program, children learn sports skills, game rules, and life lessons such as teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership, as well as being the best they can be individually and collectively.


Our Mission

Young people who succumb to risk factors are often unable to find a helping hand; are without a caring adult who can offer a positive alternative. Let’s Give Them A Shot offers positive, non-competitive sports instruction within the at-risk community.

Our mission
Let's Give Them a Shot

Let's Give Them a Shot is a non-profit organization that helps kids get the sports instruction they need regardless of whether or not they can afford it. Derek Locklear's goal is to teach and reach as many children as he can through sports programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body.

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LGTS Program

Alpha Leadership Academy

Afterschool Programming for At Risk Elementary Schools

Celebrating our 2nd year of Alpha Leadership Academy powered by 'Let's Give Them Shot' at the 2017 Volunteer celebration at Centerfield Media. LGTS says thank you to Centerfield Media for their donations both of their time and monetary contributions.



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LGTS Program

Alpha Leadership Academy

Afterschool Programming for At Risk Elementary Schools


  • Alpha Leadership Academy tests Reading and Math skills early and often, instilling a program that keeps our kids on track.
  • Improving the Parent-Child Relationship
  • Alpha Leadership Academy uses uplifting, positive talk with students in our program.
  • Engaging whole families encourages positive behavior both in and out of school settings.


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LGTS Video

This Is Let's Give Them A Shot



When Derek Locklear lost his dream of being a pro athlete, he gained a new opportunity. His nonprofit now brings free sports to underprivileged children.
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LGTS New Sponsor

Wells Fargo



We are proud to announce Wells Fargo as a sponsor to and
for Lets Give Them A Shot!


LGTS at the

Rod Dedeaux Foundation Ceremony

(Left to Right) LGTS Assistant Program Director Patrick Fusaro, Founder Coach Derek, Chairman of the Board Bill Bergstrom






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How We Help...

We bring fundamental sports instruction in Basketball, Soccer and Baseball to children age 5-12 in areas where children would otherwise not have the means to participate.

We use athletics as a vehicle to give young people a stronger sense of self-esteem and provide lessons about sportsmanship and interacting with others that last far beyond their time on the field or court.

Donate

We currently offer two different ways to donate to Let’s Give Them A Shot.

Testimonials

Find out what some of the key people involved in Let’s Give Them a Shot have to say about the LGTS program.

Fundraisers

Our Annual Poker Tournament & Silent Auction Fundraiser was a huge success for underprivileged kids served by Let’s Give Them a Shot. LGTS Fundraisers

Schools and Organizations LGTS has served from 2005 till Present

LTGS Programming serves almost 3,000 children a year in the following school communities:



PE Programs
  • Manhattan Place Elementary 500
  • 186th Elementary 500
  • Thomas Jefferson High School 5 Coaches in Training = employment = College Prep
  • Compton Ave Elementary 459
  • Playa Vista Elementary School 500
  • Citizens of the World Public Charter
    Elementary School 450
  • Total estimated children served 2,414
After School Child Care Programs
  • Citizens of the World Public Charter Elementary School 150
  • Goethe Charter Elementary School 200
  • Total estimated children served 350
Organizations Served
  • Girls Club of LA 150
  • A Place Called Home 75
  • Total estimated children served 225

LGTS Programs

Current Programs
Let's Give Them a Shot is currently active in two at-risk organizations in the Los Angeles area.
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FUNdamental
Sports League
Let's Give Them a Shot will utilize Professional Coaches to motivate, instruct and inspire elementary age boys and girls in Flag Football, Basketball, Baseball and Soccer.
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Coaches In Training Program
Through this program, a select group of teenagers would be paid to lead, coach, and mentor a group of young children.
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Special Needs Kids
Coach Derek volunteers his time with Children with Special Needs at The Friendship Circle of the South Bay.
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Ways We Help

The Hope: How Donations Flow to At-Risk Children
Let's Give Them a Shot is expanding the program to go into even more schools and recreation centers. We need funding to provide coaches and equipment to these groups.
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Childhood Obesity
Let's Give Them a Shot also gives kids who may not be as physically active a chance to get in the habit of playing sports and exercising, which can benefit their emotional and physical well-being lifelong. Read More

Equipment Drive
Due to low resources and limited funds this at-risk population is missing what every child deserves; to have which is an opportunity to learn and play with quality instruction and equipment. Read More




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Let’s Give Them A Shot is a non-profit 501(C-3) organization.

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Every child deserves a chance.

Aware of the overwhelming negative influences facing underprivileged children in Los Angeles, Derek Locklear decided he must provide at-risk youth with alternatives to unhealthy behaviors; offering hope and a positive alternative to alienation, depression, gangs & crime.
Through this coaching and exposure to the “Coach Derek way” he was confident he could be a positive influence in these children’s lives.


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