We have supported sports hook programs that have impacted the lives of tens of thousands of New York City youth, helping to build strong, confident young people ready to tackle the demands of college. These programs, including ones involving baseball, basketball, fencing, golf, lacrosse, rowing, skating, soccer, squash, and tennis, build strength and a sense of teamwork and tenacity based on the premise that the discipline of a sport combined with rigorous academic support instills a strong work ethic, persistence, and grit. All of the programs we have supported over the years have combined elements of these.
Key goals for students: developing upstanding character; improving academic performance; living a healthier life; attending quality schools; and graduating from college. Our supported sports hook programs have among the highest college persistence and graduation outcomes of all our college access programs.