Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION OF THE UNITED STATES INC - Team VA

The Next Generation of Athletes

aka Team VA   |   Chalfont, PA   |  https://www.teamva.org

Mission

Team VA Club encourages life-long physical well-being through running and athletic development. The Team VA mission is to positively influence and support athletic development and performance in youth, emerging elite, and world class athletes, specializing in track and field with unique expertise in the pole vault; to improve pole vault performance and consistency; to improve pole vault safety and awareness; and to promote the discipline of pole vault and the sport of track and field. We are "The Next Generation of Athletes!" and "The Next Generation of Vaulters!"

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Christina Johnson

Co Principal Officer

Lawrence Johnson

Main address

PO Box 262

Chalfont, PA 18914 USA

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Formerly known as

Team Vault Assault

LoJo Team VA

EIN

61-1728356

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Amateur Sports Clubs, Leagues, N.E.C. (N60)

Amateur Sports Competitions (N70)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To promote, support, and establish pole vault safety, training, and consistent performance. Utilize an approach to training for the pole vault regardless of a school's/athlete's financial resources to supply equipment for “non– revenue" sports.

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?

Competitive Track and Field Team

Team VA ​ LoJo’s Team Vault Assault is a track and field team based in the greater Philadelphia area and led by one of the world's premier pole vaulters, Lawrence "LoJo" Johnson. Since Team Vault Assault’s inauguration in 2009, VA has consistently coached, mentored, and supported athletes to improved technique, consistent, and higher performances. ​ Serving athletes of all ages, levels, and abilities on a first come, first serve basis, Team Vault Assault’s pole vault team/club differs from other clubs and teams by utilizing the following services maintains several fundamental focus points to ensure the best results: 1. Maintain a maximum capacity of ten (10) vaulters on the Vault Assault's Pole Vault Squad (10 vaulters per vault session) - Team VA’s team capacity is smaller than any other pole vault club which means more focus on individual growth and performance. A major component of training is frequency and repetition. In training and performance each vaulter(s) attempt requires at least one (1) minute to perform and review with a coach.  Frequency and repetition in training is limited, so fewer vaulters equals more attempts. 2. All-inclusive training - Improving performance is more than just pole vaulting. Team Vault Assault meets three to four times a week to supervise and improve pole vault performance through pole-vault-gymnastics (can we provide a hyper link here to define pole vault gymnastics), speed, and strength training in some of the best facilities in the greater Pennsylvania area. 3. Improve fundamental sprint, mobility, and skill technique - Efficiency in skill execution improves athletic performance in all capacities. 4. Increase motivation, focus, and performance - Motivation and focus are necessary for consistent and efficient performance. Vault Assault uses efficient coaching and training techniques to improve motivation, focus, and performance. 5. Utilize objective results to monitor and track development. - Feelings are unreliable subjective tools for evaluating athletic performance and development. Vault Assault uses dependable and standard metrics to assist in objective evaluations of training and performance. 6. HD Video Services - Vault Assault believes video provides a strong advantage in training and development. For that reason, Vault Assault provides personalized highlights of training and performance via online video. + Team Vault Assault videos are delivered in HD via YouTube and/or download. As oppose to the commonly used sports video apps, Vault Assault uses industry standard HD video editing and production to provide more precise visual tools to aid in performance and analysis. + VA’s individualized HD quality videos make great HD recruiting tools. Use provide links to gain an advantage in recruiting. View sample training video on our website posted on the About Us Page. 7. Constant Hands on Coaching from a 2x Olympian and World Champion - One month of training with Team Vault Assault is less expensive than attending a summer camp which may feature drop-in Olympians. Lawrence "LoJo” Johnson’s Olympic and professional pole vault career; and NCAA div 1 & HS coaching performance and experience combined, exceeds any other American vaulter over the past half century. LoJo is fully invested in Vault Assault coaching, mentoring, and the performance of Team Vault Assault members. In the summer of 2015, Team Vault Assault expanded to include sprints (60m thru 800m), jumps (PV, LJ, HJ), hurdles (100m thru 400m) and throws to the ranks of the Vault Assault pole vault squad. After moving to PA after the close of the 2015 season, Team VA continues to expand into additional track and field disciplines. ​ Team VA training is all year round athletic development training.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Team Vault Assault, led by 2x Olympian, silver medalist, and world champion Lawrence “LoJo” Johnson, is an athletic development team with an emphasis on the pole vault and track and field. LoJo, a 7x US National Champion, former American Indoor/Outdoor Record holder, and current NCAA record holder began Vault Assault in 2008 to build a small team of young athletes with a strong desire to pole vault. Since then, Team Vault Assault has produced numerous HS state champions and national finalists, as well as several collegiate and post-collegiate athletes who earned national and conference titles and records. Over 75% of the athletes who have trained at least two seasons with Vault Assault earn collegiate athletic scholarships. (Check out one of Team Vault Assault’s current college recruiting highlight video here. ) Currently based in northeastern Philadelphia, The Vault Assault Community Outreach Project (working title) is ready to begin the next leg in the Vault Assault mission which is to promote, support, and establish pole vault safety, training, and consistent performance. The Vault Assault Community Outreach Project will utilize a unique approach to training for the pole vault regardless of a school’s financial resources to supply equipment for “non– revenue” sports. This training has proven safe, effective, and beneficial. Additionally, Vault Assault Community Outreach participants will also receive online video support via Vault Assault’s Online Training Support. Vault Assault’s Online Support is an exclusive beginner and intermediate pole vault support and training guide for aspiring vaulters who may be limited by facilities and resources. As you may know, the pole vault is the most dangerous and expensive event in track and field. Thus, many times overwhelmed, unqualified, or unsupervised coaches and/or athletes provide support in training and competition settings. Additionally, pole vaulters require poles that are specifically rated by weight (the stiffness of the pole) and length (9’ – 17’). The costs of poles vary from $300 - $600. Proper vaulting equipment (pads, standards, etc.) prove just as expensive ranging from $6,000 - $25,000. (The average cost of participation in the summation of all track and field events is less than a third of the average participatory cost of the pole vault.) This fundraising campaign will support the Vault Assault Community Outreach Project by providing poles, equipment, supporting materials, training apparatus, and performance opportunities to reduce the barriers of entry into the pole vault. As a young black high school student in an inner-city community, my hope and aspirations to attend college rode solely on opportunities provided through athletics. As a young pole vaulter, I was forced to realize the financial challenge of access to poles, safety education, and fundamental skills which bars the participation of many financially challenged children and student athletes. It was only after a move to another school district with better resources that I had access to poles (appropriate for my weight and size) and support which would launch my collegiate and post collegiate & Olympic success. As I continued through college as one of a handful of black collegiate athletes and one of three black professional pole vaulters worldwide, I was a constant witness to opportunities lost due to an institution’s lack of investment into one of the most charismatic and mesmerizing events in track and field. As the only Black American vaulter to win a US title and the only black athlete in the world win a world championship or Olympic silver medal, I am graciously indebted to share and spread my experiences in hope that more doors of opportunity can be opened for all. Your support provides teaching and training resources to many student athletes who will use high school athletics to boost them into institutions of higher learning. My appreciation and gratitude will be enhanced by appreciation and pride of a myriad of students who will become participants in the Vault Assault Community Outreach Project. We are all thankful for your consideration and support. ​ Team VA is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. ​ Please help support Team VA's Community Outreach

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

USA Track and Field

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION OF THE UNITED STATES INC - Team VA

Board of directors
as of 7/9/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Christina Johnson


Board co-chair

Sandra Bailey

Lawrence Johnson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/09/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/09/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.

Keywords

pole vault, track and field, competitive team/club