A population with too few heroes.
All children are vulnerable. Certain circumstances put young people at an increased risk of falling prey to hopelessness and self-destructive choices. In many cases young people who succumb to risk factors are unable to find a helping hand; are without a caring adult who can offer a positive alternative.
How it Began
The vision for the program is to teach fundamental sports instruction in Baseball, Basketball, Tennis, Softball, Soccer, Football & T-Ball to children ages
2-14 in areas where children would otherwise not have the means to participate in this type of class.
We are working closely with community leaders
in different Los Angeles County cities to offer these classes directly
in the community.
Ways We Help
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.
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
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
Through coaching and exposure
to the “Coach Derek way”, Derek was confident he could be a positive
influence in these children’s lives.
The Let's Give Them a Shot program subscribes to
the belief that teaching the fundamentals of each sport enriches
children at all levels, ages and skills.
The program strives to use sports to build the child’s character
in a positive, healthy and familiar environment within their community.
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.
Did You Know that within at-risk youth ...
- 18.9% of students live in poverty.
- 12% of Seniors report illicit drug use.
- Nearly 1,000,000 teens pregnant yearly.
- 26% of Seniors are below basic reading levels.
- 36% of Seniors are below basic math level.
- 1.2 milllion students drop out annually.
- Abuse cases to CPS: 3,000,000 annually.
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