July 09, 2013 09:16 ET

United States Department of Justice Engages With Up2Us and Provides Grant for Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Through Coaching

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jul 9, 2013) - Up2Us (, a not for profit coalition of over 650 sports-based youth development organizations, is pleased to announce the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), has awarded Up2Us a $1 million grant.

The grant is supporting the placement of 66 coach-mentors in 12 cities, including: Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa, Flint, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Newark and Memphis.

The grant was awarded to Up2Us in the fall of 2012. The grant's goal is to prevent youth from engaging in risky behavior that could cause them to be victims and/or perpetrators of violence. This is accomplished by leveraging the potential of youth sports coaches to act as mentors to youth through Up2Us' Coach Across America program (CAA). CAA is a national initiative that places, trains and supports coaches in a variety of sports programs to provide impactful experiences to youth in need.

"At Up2Us, we believe young people possess an inordinate amount of unrealized potential. Providing them meaningful and impactful experiences through sports delivered by a well-trained coach-mentor is one of the best ways to unlock that potential," said Dr. James Kallusky, director of Up2Us' Coach Across America program. "We're thrilled the DOJ is supporting CAA and our approach combining coaching youth sports with preventing juvenile delinquency. We thank OJJDP for their support and look forward to strengthening this important partnership moving forward."

About Up2Us
Established in 2009, Up2Us is leading a national movement to advance sports as a solution to the critical challenges facing today's youth, including childhood obesity, academic failure and youth violence. Up2Us accomplishes its mission by uniting more than 650 sports programs that provide life skills development to this nation's most vulnerable youth. In 2010, Up2Us launched Coach Across America (CAA) to provide its member organizations with well-trained, highly effective coaches. CAA is the first national program that challenges young adults to give back to their communities through a year of service as coach-mentors. This year, CAA is placing more than 400 coach-mentors nationwide, reaching 50,000 children. Up2Us is supported by Mercedes-Benz USA, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, Nike Inc., the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    David Feistel/ Tiffany Allegretti
    LFPR (for Up2Us)
    949.502.6200 x 224/218
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