Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.
— Denzel Washington

About Us

Established in 2012, Athletes Without Borders, Inc. (AWB) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth with the proper resources and mentoring needed to empower them to cultivate healthy lifestyles. 

Our programs use athletics as a vehicle to not only introduce the skills and dedication needed to face the growing number of challenges within their daily lives, but also to assist in their development as well rounded individuals.  Working in partnership with local and national sports organizations, AWB serves as a resource and an advocate for the thousands of participating youth in our partner cities, villages and towns both domestically and abroad.


Our Objectives

Empowering youth through athletics is the guiding objective that serves as the core for all of our efforts.  As a result, our programs aim to incorporate and communicate the following principles to successfully reach our goals:

 

MENTORSHIP

Mentorship is the key driver to unlocking the full potential of our youth.  Through a network of public and private partnerships, we train local athletes and community volunteers to become mentor leaders.  In pairing our mentors with youth in their local communities, enduring relationships are cultivated.  Through these shared experiences, our mentors convey the skills and perspective needed for our youth to become the future community leader of tomorrow.

 

EDUCATION

Many disadvantaged students in urban and rural environments lack the continuous academic reinforcement that stimulates their intellectual development.  AWB partners with local schools and universities to provide programs that focus on both academic achievement and enriched learning experiences.  We believe that this combination academic success and exposure to technology, visual and performing arts, and music education provides youth with a wealth of knowledge that will motive their continuous learning.

 

CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

Through partnerships with local service organizations and local and state law enforcement departments, AWB programs and mentors stress the importance of civic responsibility to participating youth.  Providing youth with these opportunities to connect with local issues and activities allows them to develop a heighten sense of pride and responsibility for their community. 

 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Healthy decision making is essential to the development of empowered youth.  Our sports training programs are designed to provide our participating youth the the coaching and knowledge to reach the peek of their athletic potential.  In addition to providing sports training, our health and wellness programs are also designed to provide access to sound exercises and display of positive habits that will ultimately promote behavior changes resulting in healthier lifestyles.