Message from the Founder

Message From the Founder

Hello all! I am so proud to see how far this organization has come in only ONE year – I cannot wait for the future of this great organization. I am very passionate about sports and the lessons it can teach our children and even us adults. More importantly, it is ALL about the connection between sports and education and teaching our youth to be accountable for their success. Here is a short story about what sports has done for me personally: 

As a child, my affinity towards sports was very strong and my mother (single mother of 4 boys and 1 girl) provided opportunities for me to play as many sports as I could. Her number one goal for me was to graduate high school and go to college; my number one goal at that time was to play professionally and I didn’t care what I had to do to get there. Her number one saying was “If you cannot get good grades, then you cannot play”. This kept my head into the books and as I got older, I soon realized that my dream of mine would sadly not come true. However, the lessons of hard work and grit built my confidence and allowed me to turn my energy into academic success.

This carried me through college – going from a 2.5 GPA in high school to making Presidents Honor Roll my first year. To being the first in my family to graduate college from a division one institution, to pursuing and obtaining a master’s degree, to coaching and following my passion to three different states and impacting thougsands of athletes along the way.  You see, if it wasn’t for my mother’s belief that succeeding in education and sports could happen simultaneously I would have never been able to make it this far. This is the dream I wish to share with the youth lives that Greater Youth Sports Association will touch. 

This is what makes Greater Youth Sports Association so amazing, we have the chance to change so many lives by providing opportunities to learn, grow, and develop confidence to tackle any goal our children set… If we stand together #WeAllWin 

Devonte Woodson


If we stand