Dallas, 07/22/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/
Dozens of Youths Hit the Field and the Classroom
, a Dallas-based nonprofit dedicated to creating an integrated services delivery model for economic empowerment, recently wrapped up sponsorship of the 4-day Dallas Champions Academy (DCA) camp last week at South Dallas’ A+ Academy charter school. In conjunction with DCA’s organizer, strategic nonprofit partner Services of Hope, dozens of boys and girls were afforded the opportunity to learn life lessons, financial coaching and physical fitness techniques taught by 16 different coaches from both the NFL and NCAA.
The Dallas Champions Academy is a nonprofit dedicated to teaching underprivileged children and youths aged 8-18 four life principles through sports: discipline, respect, trust and hard work. Now in its eighth consecutive year, DCA attendees were provided with daily one-on-one mentoring, coaching, the creation of life goals and Christian attributes.
“As a self-described ‘servant leader,’ Dallas Champions Academy represents the exact type of outreach we want to provide as a fully integrated services delivery model,” said Ken Goodgames, CEO of Transformance. “It becomes an example of the highest calling when we have the power to actually change lives and influence the future of these kids.”
Statistics show that the program is making a significant impact. While the DCA runs four days in total length, the fourth and final day is an invitation-only callback for those camp attendees who have shown the most potential in learning the four principles. Dubbed the Day of Champions College Combine, these exemplary campers are provided with additional character and skill development sessions while also being provided with one-on-one assistance for the college application process from a college retention specialist. In addition, Transformance provided a special classroom presentation on basic financial principles called “Money and Credit”. DCA figures show that 70 percent of those attending the special fourth day of the camp go on to receive scholarships to university or community colleges.
“There’s a dual-generation strategy,” said Ruth Ferguson of Services of Hope. “If we can reach these kids at an early enough age, we can prevent poor financial habits such as falling prey to predatory lending practices. Our goal is to check in with these attendees year-round at specific touchpoints to reinforce our message.”
While the 4-day camp was held in the midst of summer, the boys and girls appeared unaffected by the searing outdoor heat. Encouraged to run to each station or session – “No walking!” was a popular refrain, the kids eagerly participated in on-the-field football drills and in-the-classroom life lessons.
Dallas Champions Academy Director Darell A. Smith gave a glowing assessment of the camp. “These kids are an inspiration, it never stops for us. It seems to get better with each camp we host. As a community, we need to cherish this next generation of kids. Any one of them can go on to success and achieve the hopes and dreams they may not have considered before participating.”
About Transformance Inc.
In 2015, the agency will have delivered more than 125,000 consumer interactions through financial coaching, outreach and education. In 2016, the agency expects to serve up to 1 million low and moderate-income families with transformative financial learning solutions accessible online and through a new mobile app.
Since its founding in 1974 as Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas, the agency has empowered clients to overcome adversity and attain their financial goals. Services include credit/budget counseling, financial education, housing counseling, individual debt management and bankruptcy counseling. Transformance provides the following programs and services:
• Provides a national nonprofit resource dedicated to confidential and professional counseling to assist financially distressed or economically vulnerable families
• Develops and fosters community educational programs on family money management, budgeting and the wise use of money and credit
• Develops and maintains a positive working relationship with the credit community, employee assistance programs, professional counselors and community-based social service agencies
• Provides opportunities for economic empowerment of low and moderate income families and with a particular focus on at-risk communities such as seniors, military families, veterans, communities of color and single, female-headed households
• Enables good financial knowledge early in life through its focus on education of students (K -12) and their parents through agency strategic partnerships
Transformance Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1974 and is a United Way Service Provider as well as a HUD-approved multistate housing counseling and education organization. The agency is formally accredited every four years by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Families (COA) to ensure compliance with top industry standards and best practices. The agency has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas, with satellite offices in Arlington; Austin; Amarillo and Ardmore, Oklahoma.
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