LetsGiveThemaShot.org






Every child deserves a chance.

  • The vision of Lets Give Them a Shot is to teach sports fundamentals to at-risk kids
  • Coach Derek Locklear's Mission is to help underprivileged kids in Los Angeles
  • Children of Poverty benefit from habits of playing sports and exercising
  • We need funding to provide coaches and equipment to at-risk neighborhoods


About Us

Who We Are

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.

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.

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From a Dream

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.

The Let’s Give Them a Shot Coaches and Staff Members all subscribe to the belief that teaching the fundamentals of each sport enriches children at all levels, ages and skills.

These are things that last beyond the end of the game – and linking these experiences on the field to bigger life lessons is a great opportunity to set the stage for how your child relates to athletics throughout their life. Why not make it positive?


The Community We Serve

Researchers believe that 35% of children in Los Angeles County will live in impoverished households in 2010.

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.


Sports as a Vehicle

Let’s Give Them a Shot uses sports, competition and positive reinforcement as a vehicle to teach valuable life lessons and basic values such as self-esteem, compassion, teamwork and community.


Our programs

Combating the Myths

  • Myth: There is nothing you can do to prevent youth crime.
  • Myth: Just keeping kids in at night would take care of most crime & violence.
  • Myth: Children are more at risk of being victims of violence in schools than at home.
  • Myth: The epidemic of violent behavior by youth that marked the early 1990's is over.
  • Myth: African American and Hispanic youths are more likely to become involved in violence than other racial or ethnic groups.
  • Myth: Very few children die by suicide.

The facts do not match the myths. This population may be without hope until someone interrupts the cycle of despair.

How To Help


underprivileged children in at-risk neighborhoods Los Angeles


LGTS Policies

CDI Discipline Policy
Using Consequences As A Teaching Tool (Download PDF )

LGTS Forms

CDI Discipline Referral Card

Coach Derek

Coach Derek Locklear

Coach Derek is more than a sports coach, he's also a life coach. His insightful and enthusiastic personality motivates children to learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, determination and self-esteem. Coach Derek inspires children to look within themselves.

"I coach to teach something that goes beyond simply winning. I feel that if a child has a dream to get to the next level in his or her sport, then I want to play a part in helping them see that dream come true. Most of all, I believe that there are important principles to be learned from winning and losing."
- Coach Derek Locklear

As owner of Coach Derek Inc., Derek 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.

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. Watch the Video Here

Learn More About Coach Derek by Visiting:

coachderek.com

Coach Mike

Coach Mike

What makes Coach Mike Spicer unique is the way in which he leads, connects with and inspires students, teams, co-workers, parents and community members. Not many football players transition from being a player to coach as gracefully as Mike, who while coaching is in his element doing what he is meant to do - helping kids reach their maximum potential.


Dr. Lori Baudino, BC-DMT

Sports Parents r Us Coach Mike

Dr. Lori has been a practicing clinician for over ten years. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Creative Arts Therapy - Dance/Movement Therapy, which identifies symptoms and creates ways to express psychological and emotional experiences through the mind/body connection, ultimately transforming words into action.

Dr. Lori has specialized in supervising, facilitating and providing treatment for children with special needs and their families. She worked as the coordinator for Behavior Intervention Programs within the home/school setting.

Dr. Lori currently runs group therapy sessions at Paradigm Malibu Adolescent Treatment Center. 

In her private practice, she works with children of all ages and their families, and has an inviting, tranquil setting to conduct the sessions.



visit Our board of directors here


Photo Gallery

Just look how happy these at-risk children look at play with Let's Give Them a Shot!

LGTS Action Gallery




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.