I believe still today that it takes a village to raise a child and growing up I had a village. A village is many people providing a healthy environment that is filled with love, caring, support and spiritual teaching. Also, a safe environment where children are given the security they need to develop and flourish and realize their hopes and dreams.
I was the fat kid that was label LD (learning disabilities) throughout elementary, middle school and high school. The challenges I faced were having difficulty acquiring basic skills of academic content due to difficulty using or understanding the spoken or written language. These difficulties impacted my ability to read, write, spell, think, speak, listen, or do mathematics. I was in the 5th grade when I started playing football and loved it. Playing football gave me the confident I needed to perseverance and graduate.
I graduate from Bryan High School and attended Tyler Jr. College and transfer to Angelo State Universe on a football scholarship. I return to college and graduate in 2000, earning a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and minor in physiology. After 28 years working as a Juvenile Detention Officer, Special Education teacher, Education paraprofessional and coach, I realized the direction I needed to take. Through my set backs, up and down, pain, hurt, disappointment and the challenges I saw youth go through, is what lead me to start the organization Skill and Faith Athletes (S and F).
The original plan was to mentor student athletes in becoming well-rounded individuals teaching them life skills and developing their passion for education, technology and health & wellness. After four years into the program, we wanted to address the negative behavior and decision-making of the teen we were working with. We felt we could make a bigger impact by working with all youth males and females in the grades 1st-6th ages 5 to 12.
S = Skill – your ability F = Faith – your confidence Athletes – willing to compete
Building character in our children creates a successful future and everyone benefits when a child succeeds.
Skill and Faith Athletes mold young men and women into well rounded individuals by teaching life skills and developing their passion for education, technology, health, and wellness.
After School Program
The focus of this program is to shape the whole child by changing their habits that will change their life by implementing the 8 dimensions of wellness. This is a 32-week program and structure around the school calendar. Parents/guardians will be invited to attend all events, workshops, mentoring sessions and volunteer.
Help youth develop their cognitive ability, social skills, emotional skills, physical development and to have a healthier relationship with peers, parents, other adults, school, and communities.
To grow our future generation into well rounded individuals using age-appropriate content and activities to prepare youth in becoming self-discipline, self-sufficiency, stress resistance and building healthy relationships.
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