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New nonprofit to support athletic programs

by thenotebook on Oct 10 2011 Posted in Latest news

by Will Treece

Sports Teaching and Reaching Students (STARS), a new Philadelphia nonprofit, aims to build exceptional athletic programs at low-income schools in the city.

Providing athletic equipment and support is at the top of STARS’ agenda. STARS will also assess athletic needs, manage resources, and track academic progress. High schools can apply for a STARS sponsorship now through October 20.

STARS Executive Director Jake Whitman, a former Philadelphia high school teacher, founded the program on the principle that athletic participation bolsters academic performance.

“I personally observed better attendance, higher grades, more confidence, better discipline, and fewer health problems among my students who participated in sports,” said Whitman in a press release.

High schools interested in a STARS sponsorship can apply until October 20. STARS will interview several high schools before selecting one community – which could include anywhere from one to three high schools – to sponsor. For a school to be eligible to receive a sponsorship, at least 70 percent of students must qualify for free or reduced lunch.

After choosing one community, STARS will then open applications for elementary and middle schools that feed into to the selected high school(s).

“What we’re really looking for are schools that have the capacity to build student participation in athletics, which means a student body with a low percentage that are participating now, but a lot of people in the school who are interested,” Whitman said.

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Comments (9)

Submitted by Inspired_Apple on Mon, 10/10/2011 - 18:59.

☆✪✯✰ It's great to see another organization budding that will help build the community and have a positive influence on the kids! Go STARS!!! ☆✪✯✰

Submitted by Glaksus (not verified) on Mon, 10/10/2011 - 19:31.

Isn't your post a bit recrementitious?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 15:53.

Isn't yours a bit pedantic?

Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 18:27.

Yes it is. I'm not sure what got into me yesterday, but thanks for setting me straight.
I agree, It is good to see new organizations helping people and communities.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/10/2011 - 19:35.

STARS sounds like an AWESOME organization. I hope it will have a positive impact on students and communities in Philadelphia.

Submitted by Gretta Conlan Barclay (not verified) on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 11:38.

I AM A TEACHER OF 40 PLUS YEARS AND CAN ATTEST TO THE CORE PREMISE OF THIS WONDERFUL NEW ORGANIZATON, TO HELP KIDS STAY IN SCHOOL. KIDS WHO ARE INVOLVED IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, ESPECIALLY SPORTS, WILL COMMIT TO EDUCATION FAR BETTER THAN THOSE WHO ARE NOT INVOLVED. DIRECTOR JAKE WHITMAN IS "RIGHT ON" WITH HIS THINKING ON THIS, AND I APPLAUD HIS EFFORTS TO HELP KIDS ENGAGE BETTER IN THE LEARING PROCESS AND STAY IN SCHOOL.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 15:56.

This sounds like a terrific organization!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/11/2011 - 16:02.

Sounds terrific!

Submitted by Jake Whitman (not verified) on Wed, 10/12/2011 - 12:10.

Thanks for the comments everyone! We're excited to roll out our first year of sponsorships starting with the winter sports this year. Please check our website at www.starsphilly.org for more details down the line, and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

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