History on Founding Organizations Leading to More Sports Collaboration
Partnership activities leading to the the Lawrence Sports Leadership Collaborative
In 2012, Beyond Soccer and Everyone’s A Player began working together and it has been a true partnership ever since. Beyond Soccer was one of the first mentors to EAP and provided guidance and support after the launch of the non-profit and helped EAP to navigate the Lawrence sports community. Over the years, EAP has run equipment drives and provided funding and support to help Beyond Soccer with clinics, camp scholarships, uniforms.
Throughout the years, Beyond Soccer and Everyone’s A Player had many meetings to discuss how to improve the city’s low sports participation rates and provide innovative, high-quality summer sports and leadership programming for the youth that didn’t exist within the city. Through these discussions, Lawrence Sports Leadership Academy was formed.
- In 2015, Beyond Soccer & EAP launched Lawrence Sports Leadership Academy, a first of its kind multi-sports leadership summer camp that serves over 400 youth. The camp is in its 5th year.
- Baseball participation in Lawrence has dropped from over 2,000 kids participating in 10 years ago to less than 900 in the 2019 season. In the fall of 2019, Beyond Soccer, EAP and the leadership of Julio Ramos formed Lawrence Sports Baseball Collaborative to bring together 8 Lawrence baseball groups to help write grants, obtain equipment and raise funding to reduce their operating expenses and help them increase the number of kids they reach in the city. We are also helping to launch a city-wide softball league to get 100 girls to participate in the program. This summer, we are partnering with the Red Sox Foundation, to provide access for Lawrence baseball players and teams to participate in the Red Sox’ Interactive RBI Online Training Platform.
- In early January 2020, Lawrence Sports Leadership Academy put a plan together to launch year-round programming to include sports training, leadership development, enrichment programming, and college prep activities. These sessions would include high-level sports and fitness trainers, motivational speakers, educational experts, and college coaches and players.
- In the spring of 2020, Beyond Soccer and EAP, with the help of other Lawrence sports organizations formed Lawrence Sports Leadership Collaborative (LSLC) to provide a network of shared resources to help strengthen and grow the Lawrence sports community and improve the quality of the programming for the youth of the city. Some of the services the collaborative will offer are high-level coaches training, grant writing, funding for additional facility access, enrichment, and college prep programs. These programs will have a significant impact on the youth of Lawrence and help to set them up for success in high school and beyond. Currently, we are working with Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative, who has built a successful model that is similar to LSLC, to provide guidance and support to help us launch the initiative.