A night of support for Student Program for Academic & Athletic Transitioning (SPAAT)

On a beautiful San Francisco night, with the fog at bay it was inspiring to hear how SPAAT is impacting the lives of youth in Oakland and the Bay Area. Quincey a current freshman at Cal State East Bay spoke to a group of San Franciscans about the support he received from SPAAT and how he would commute from Benicia so he could be part of SPAAT. They helped him create a plan so he could go to college and counseled him on scholarship applications. SPAAT prepares athletes for life beyond high school sports. SPAAT has fostered a culture of “giving back”, which inspired Quincey to create a program where high school seniors mentor incoming Freshman Athletes participating in SPAAT. The event was hosted by Melissa a board member of SPAAT.

SPAAT’s mission is to empower socially and economically disadvantaged high school student-athletes by providing them with academic, community and athletic support services to increase the number of student-athletes prepared for college, careers and life after sports.

The goal is for student athletes are to attend and graduate from 2-year or 4-year colleges. Students are offered one-on-one and small group tutoring, help on developing individual success plans, CAHSEE and SAT prep courses, college readiness workshops, and assistance with college and financial aid applications, and life skills training. These programs steer student athletes away from criminal activities, alcohol and other drugs by increasing their college awareness and decision-making skills, giving them healthy values, enhancing their self-esteem, and offering them positive group mentorship.

SPAAT acts as a high school guidance counselor, which has been absent from McClymonds High School in Oakland for four years. Students work with SPAAT academic and athletic coaches to develop short term and long term life, athletic, and academic plans. Students create a path with guidance to graduate from high school and prepare for college. In addition to providing basics such as information regarding the college application process, access and exposure to college preparatory programs and resources, SPAAT creates an environment of success and provides academically inclined role models to youth.

You can inspire a student athlete to graduate from high school, attend college, and become a promising young adult. Your gift will enable SPAAT to provide over 220 hours of academic programming, athletic training, and guidance needed to ensure that college is more than a dream. Join me in supporting this wonderful organization and make a donation today.

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