HOUSTON– The Harris County – Houston Sports Authority has partnered with the expanded TeamUP for Houston program, which launched its fourth year as a virtual program for youth in underserved communities today.
Under the auspices of the Mayor’s Office of Education and My Brother’s Keeper Houston, TeamUP for Houston is expanding to 16 school campuses with exciting new sports partnerships throughout the city. The program, created in 2012, utilizes the power and influence of sports to help develop youth in underserved communities.
TeamUP equips youth with professional skills and experiences in the sports industry, driving motivation to pursue college or a career path. The program includes partners in both education and the sports industry which are teamed up with specific schools.
The program serves Houston students attending feeder-pattern high schools in and nearby Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s designated Complete Communities neighborhoods and My Brother’s Keeper feeder patterns.
“There is no doubt that sports play a significant role in shaping our communities,” said Turner. “Now, just like during historic floods and an unprecedented pandemic, our sports teams and partners are stepping up to the plate for our youth in a way only Houstonians know-how, and that is together.”
The Sports Authority will partner with Prairie View A&M and work with Booker T. Washington High School and Scarborough High School on the monthly virtual Discovery Days where topics range from Sports Finance and Accounting to Sports Journalism and Broadcasting, Sports Law and Social Justice in Sports.
“We’re extremely appreciative for how the community has supported us and our sporting events over the years, so it always feels fantastic when we can return the favor,” said Sports Authority Vice President Chris Massey. “We look forward to sharing some knowledge, experience, and hopefully, we can leave a positive impact on this future generation of sports professionals.”
Other sports partners include the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash, Houston Texans, Houston Rockets and Houston Sabercats.
For more information on TeamUP for Houston, http://www.houstontx.gov/health/Youth/team-up.html.