Project Alaska Turf
A2C (Athletes to Champions) began in February 2007 raising the money needed to purchase and transport an artificial turf field for the youth of Barrow, Alaska. With the success of project Alaska turf, A2C, equipped with talented and willing leadership began seeking ways to continue to bless others through athletics.
The following are several of A2C’s accomplishments.
A2C sent 10 players and coaches to Barrow, Alaska to put on a week long training camp. Youth from the surrounding villages also participated in the camp. Coach Darrell Sutherland from Bartram Trail High School shared a character curriculum with the youth each day of the camp. A2C provided each camp participate with Under Armour winter gear.
A2C took 30 young boys from the Power Cross organization in Statesville, NC to the NFL’s Carolina Panther Stadium to tour and meet Panther Players. A2C provided them all with lunch and lead bible study for the boys that evening. A2C provided banners and hats for the Power Cross’ press conference. Former A2C Board Member and Architect, Brad Hill provided an architectural drawing of a future building for the ministry of the Power Cross organization.
A2C providing a baseball instructional camp for the Power Cross boys, many who were playing this sport for the first time. With the help of professional baseball instructor CJ Stewart, Carl Parker and son Kyle, Mike Grubbs and son Shane, the camp was a huge success for over 50 boys. A2C provided each camp participant with matching shirt and shorts.
A2C was able to give a $1,000 donation to the football programs of Creekside High School, St Augustine High School, Nease High School and Pedro Menendez High School for them to use to help youth in their programs.
A2C helped with funding needed for the Bartram Trail High School Football Team to attend a FCA summer camp.
A2C partnered with an eighth grade English teacher from New Hampshire to help her reach out to a former student who had suffered much tragedy giving up on school and life. A2C sent the struggling student to Atlanta for a week to work with a baseball specialist. He was so encouraged that he turned his life around by graduating from high school with honors and becoming a student athlete in college.
A2C was happy to provide $2,000 to help start the West St Augustine Pop Warner Association which now provides football instruction to over 300 youth. A2C’s donation helped stock the concession stand at their opening game. A2C leadership was there to cheer them to victory.
A2C organized a visit to Clemson University for 21 young boys of the Power Cross organization. Football and baseball player, Kyle Parker, hosted the boys on a tour of the campus, football and baseball facilities. The boys had the highlight of taking batting practice at Doug Kinsmore Field and running down the hill at Death Valley. Clemson’s FCA provided a program for the entire group.
A2C matched donations which allowed for six children to play in the West St Augustine Pop Warner football program.
A2C also matched donations for a young girl swimmer with disabilities. A2C’s donations gave her the opportunity to participate in the National Junior Disability Championships for her age group.
A2C planned and facilitated a Football Camp for 70 young men in Statesville, NC. Several collegiate and high school athletes (many of them sons of A2C board members) along with several high school coaches helped at the camp. A2C concluded the camp with a great cookout at the Power Cross facility.
A2C provided football uniforms for a start up program at Kooker Park in Jacksonville, FL. Baker Sports worked with A2C on this project which enabled 3 teams (ages 7-10) with the opportunity to play football for the first time. Other local Pop Warner teams also provided equipment to help Kooker Park start their program. A2C worked with the city officials to get a lease signed for Kooker Park and continues to help with needs at Kooker Park. Former A2C board member and Architect, Brad Hill designed an architectural drawing and estimates for a future tutoring and athletic center for the park.
A2C coordinated a trip for the Power Cross boys to attend a college baseball game in Charlotte. They were treated to tailgating, the game, hats and concession.
A2C also provided the Power Cross boys with a surprise trip to the Mineke Bowl. They were provided with 50 yard line tickets, money for concessions and bowl game t-shirts but, their favorite memory was the pregame sideline passes. They were able to meet coaches and referees who encouraged them to work hard in school and sports. They also were able to hang out with their favorite players outside the locker room after the game.
A2C volunteer, Carl Parker has provided several baseball hitting clinics for the Power Cross baseball boys. Carl has worked very closely with Power Cross founder and Coach, Jeff Storment to help with the baseball program.
A2C Board Members, Mike Parker and Ike Sherlock, had the privilege of meeting a Pastor who has a ministry which uses baseball to reach out to kids in Nicaragua. They have since introduced this ministry to Kooker Park and together they are planning a baseball camp for the kids of Kooker Park. Logistics Specialist, Ike Sherlock has volunteered to help with the transportation of baseball equipment to help this ministry.
A2C purchased 48 helmets for the expanding Pop Warner football teams at Kooker Park. Kooker Park now has 6 football teams.
A2C is excited to see what blessings are ahead!