Urban Athletic University
Mr. Ron Moore Athletic Director of Programs.
About UAU (Urban Athletes University)
The "Urban Athletes University" is a Man Up! Inc. initiative. UAU is a multi-sport comprehensive college preparation program with 4 components, Education, Life Skills, Sports and Coaches Clinics.
Our mission is to give youth an opportunity to realizing their full potential. The basic premise of UAU is to give our youth a positive goal to strive for in their lives, while teaching them responsibility, discipline, respect, hard work and commitment to education and how it relates to being productive men and women. It is our desire to motivate and encourage youth who are in need of life skills enhancement and academic assistance due to a number of social and economic pressures that plague our society. Youth who build self-esteem through self-definition while understanding their physical, mental, and spiritual potential along with education and life skills can be successful.
About the Athletic Director
Ron Moore, the Athletic Director of the UAU Program, was reared in the community of East New York. Ron attended Public School from Elementary through High School in the community and was extremely fortunate to have received an Athletic Scholarship into West Virginia State University for Basketball upon graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School. Unfortunately, this is a rarity that a High School basketball player remains focused on his skills and academics enough to be recognized and accepted into a Higher Education institution with a scholarship. This focus and determination led Ron to become an All Conference and All American Player and eventually graduated with a Degree in Education. Subsequently, he was drafted into the NBA into the prominent family of the New York Knicks and later played with the infamous Detroit Pistons. Ron's basketball career continued as he became a member of the Bad Boys in the late 80's and even played throughout Europe.
Man Up! Inc. is thankful that Ron has returned to his roots in East New York to play an integral role in making a significant difference in the lives of young people in our community.
Tutoring Program & GED Prep
A) It is important participants understand the importance of education and how it relates to participating in school sports. You cannot participate in school sports unless you maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher. For participants who are enrolled in schools we want to offer them tutoring that will assist them with bringing their grades up and help them have a better understanding of the subject being taught. Each participant will also be required to meet with their academic advisor on weekly progress reports, report cards and schedules to assure courses are completed for promotion and/or graduation.
B) For participants who are not in school but still have the desire and dream of playing college sports we want to encourage them to utilize a GED program at JHS 166 located on Van Siclen Avenue in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Although participants attain a GED they are still eligible to enroll at a Jr. College of their choice. Tutoring and test preparation is also offered within the program at JHS 166.
"Developing Young Minds" Life Skills Curriculum
A) Participants must understand the importance of developing the life skills needed to build character, integrity, responsibility, discipline, respect, self-awareness, and self-esteem. These qualities are essential when trying to accomplish personal goals for becoming successful. Belief in self is the essence of achievement and understanding the Physical, Mental and Spiritual being is also vital to building personal success. The "Developing Young Minds" life skills curriculum was created to assist participants in the process of developing the necessary skills needed to excel in life and how to interact in a college environment.
B) Each participant will be required to attend workshops relating to drugs, alcohol, violence and tobacco 2 hours per week. Workshops are grouped according to age. The workshop curriculum will show and explain the different types of drugs, tobacco and alcohol (ex. Marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine and athlete steroids, etc.) the long and short-term affects it has on them and other around them. It will also explain the different gang initiations, gang signs, what to look for when you meet someone who want to recruit them for gang activity, how to handle being stopped by police, and incarceration. We will also have guest speakers to affectively educate our youth on these issues.
Sports Program - Skills & Drills
A) Participants need to understand the fundamentals of the game so they are ready for high school and collegiate sports competition. We will focus on every aspect of the sport.
B) We will also teach the value of teamwork, sportsmanship and respect for the game and each other. We want our participants to be prepared for competition and how to deal with certain adversities when participating in sports (ie physical play, official's calls, etc.) Participants will understand how competition will prepare them for society.
A) We will make contact with Jr. College and four year College Coaches making them aware of our program and our participants are prepared for college life not only as athletes but as student athletes. We will conduct College showcase tournaments and games which will be NCAA sanctioned for coaches to recruit for their schools.
B) We will also utilize college names for each team to give the participants the feel of playing college sports. We will make visits to college campuses to meet with the admissions and financial aide offices as well as major courses being offered and how to choose a major for what each participant in interested in studying. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with the athletes of that college we are visiting so they can talk with them about the college experience. This will be a great motivational tool for participants to want to earn a degree.
A) The program will be marketed throughout the community for parents, schools, local businesses and community organizations for potential sponsorship opportunities.
B) We will also recruit men and women who are interested in mentoring and coaching our participants. The coaches will go through training on mentoring and coaches clinics to prepare them for the task of coaching youth. We want the coaches to understand that we are not as interested in winning and losing games as we are in developing youth and preparing them for college and more importantly, life. The mentors/coaches will be asked to volunteer/donate a minimum of 3-5 hours a week for practices and games.
Man Up! Inc.
821B Van Siclen Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11207