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Clark County Youth Sports Association

aka Upward40391   |   Winchester, KY   |  https://upward40391.com

Mission

To promote the development of the young people of Clark County physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially by implementing a positive youth sports program that is available to every interested young person, regardless of ability to pay. Clark County Youth Sports Association, Inc. desires to develop the young people of Winchester/Clark County through a positive sports program and, in addition to teaching athletic skills, promotes hope, optimism and confidence among players, coaches, and families. On this foundation, the children and youth of Clark County can better excel, thrive, and succeed. All programs of Clark County Youth Sports Association, Inc. will be designed with the whole community in mind, overcoming barriers related to race, class, and denominations.

Ruling year info

2019

Director of Operations

Kristy Marcum

Main address

15 Redwing Dr

Winchester, KY 40391 USA

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EIN

83-4632390

NTEE code info

Basketball (N62)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In January of 2017, the Greater Clark Foundation (GCF) released a report entitled “Waving the Community’s Flag,” aka the “Harwood Report,” the result of work conducted by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation in 2016. The report addresses community divides (race and culture, religion, where people live, etc.), the problem of drugs, “a topic raised in virtually every conversation,” family breakdown, a stagnant downtown, and youth who have no place to go and leaving the community after high school, never to return. When Clark County YMCA closed its doors after 32 years, it meant that 400 kids would no longer have a place to play sports. That event felt like a death knell in a dying community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Upward 40391 Basketball Season

Upward 40391 2020-2021 opens with registration in September. Practice begins in November with the first game played early December. The season ends in February. Upward40391 offers basketball and cheer leading to children ages 4-18 regardless of their economic situation.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2021, our numbers were smaller due to not having cheerleading, and due to the fact that it was our first season back after COVID.

Number of active church partnerships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Increase in youth's level of hope, optimism, and confidence

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We measure the youth's level of optimism through qualitative stories and quantitive assessment results. Quantitative survey was completed in 2018 by the University of Kentucky, scoring a 9 out of 10.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Clark County Youth Sports Association, Inc. exists to promote the development of the young people of Winchester and Clark County physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially by implementing a positive youth sports program that is available to every interested young person, regardless of ability to pay. Clark County Youth Sports Association, Inc. desires to develop the young people of Winchester/Clark County through a sports program that is positive and inclusive, and in addition to teaching athletic skills, promotes hope, optimism and confidence among players, coaches, and families. On this foundation, the children and youth of Winchester/Clark County can better excel, thrive, and succeed. All programs of Clark County Youth Sports Association, Inc. will be designed with the whole community in mind, overcoming barriers related to race, class, and church denominations.

1. Children - In order to provide access to as many children as possible we offer scholarship funds. Each season, approximately 1/3 of the league (300+) participants receives financial assistance. Children are given positive reinforcement and resiliency teaching during practice and after games.

2. Coaches - Coaches provide positive role models for the participants. There are approximately 150 volunteer coaches. Each coach completes a background check for the safety of the children. These coaches also receive training related to sports and character development.

3.Churches - There are six churches that serve as game day locations and 10 total churches that partner for practices. These churches are distributed throughout the community to encourage diversity and sharing space together.

4. Community - Community partners include local public schools, businesses, and civic organizations are collaborating together to provide a broad network of volunteers, promotion, and funding.

-The churches provide a large base for volunteers to participate. In addition to the coaches each site has greeters, half time speakers, scorekeepers, concessions, special event volunteers, and game day set up and tear down helpers.

-We conduct an end of season celebration and make personal follow up with families and individuals who want additional contact.

-We have good relationships networked throughout the community which enables collaboration.

-High trust, good communication, and strong working relationships between the churches.

-The physical location of the churches represent various demographics of the community.

Testimonies:

Shearer Elementary, First place essay winner
Wyatt Jackson: "Do you like to watch and be part of amazing sporting events, eat great food, and to experience fabulous festivals? Well if so...Winchester could be a perfect small town for you. Winchester has so many great community events and healthy active things to do. Let me tell you why I love growing up in Winchester! As a kid, I love both playing sports and watching sports. Here in Winchester it is easy to do both. We have active soccer leagues like WSYL and FC Kentucky, and basketball leagues like Upwards and Civitan. The Upwards Basketball league has over 900 kids that participate each season. That is pretty amazing!"

Jon Mark: Working through 10 + surgeries and hospitalizations for physical issues meant that Jon Mark was not able to play in a traditional league. Upward 40391 gave him a chance to bring his love of the game to the court. After two seasons of play, Jon Mark describes it this way, “ I have fun playing basketball! I’ve learned a lot through my coaches and team. I know my purpose. The chemistry was good. After the second week, we had a different understanding about how to play the game. We knew how to shoot, when to shoot, and when to send the ball to another player.” Jon Mark’s mom, Amanda, is especially pleased about this opportunity for her son. This was the first league she had encountered that accepts players of all social and physical skill levels, and that lived up to its commitment to accept all players equally. Amanda doesn't hesitate for a second when asked about her best mom experience with Upward, “If he made a shot and especially if it went in, he would book it down the court with a big smile on his face. It was totally awesome. Everyone in the crowd got behind him, behind the whole team. We are celebrating together!”

Kevin Parido brought the poverty barrier into clear focus, “ My first season coaching was a reality check. My parents were there for me, at every game and every practice. The first couple of Upward games I needed a parent to keep score. I looked around and realized only half the kids on my team had parents or caregivers there. As the season went on and the kids began to trust me, they started sharing what was happening at home… I realized in a deep way the brokenness of our community. I also saw the friends made through Upward, the team unity that developed, and the stability the league provided that was missing in other parts of the kids’ lives.” Each team member was making progress every week in their skills and understanding of the game. I kept reminding them, ‘If you can make this kind of progress here on the court, imagine what else you can do in your life.’ I watched players with little self-confidence at the start of the season. By the end of the season, they came in with their heads held high!"

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Clark County Youth Sports Association

Board of directors
as of 08/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Allan Hutchinson

First Church of God Colby Road

Term: 2021 -

Mike McCormick

Calvary Christian Church

Allan Hutchinson

First Church of God Winchester

Marvin King

First Baptist Church Winchester

Scott Ogle

Central Baptist Church

Jeff Gaines

Christ Church of Winchester

Dylan Bjorkland

Christview Christian Church (Former Minister)

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/23/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.