Paul Savramis on the Evolution of the Rising Stars Youth Foundation

Paul SavramisRising Stars Youth Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes education through sports. The foundation encourages underserved youth to excel within specialized programs that cater to youth most at risk of failure in school. The foundation does so by providing academic support through numerous channels, including private educational scholarship programs and making athletic participation for various outreach programs possible.

Paul Savramis, the non-profit’s founder, says his dream to give children an equal opportunity for success has now become reality and a vision shared by many.

Rising Stars, Inc., as the organization was first known, has gone through many changes and evolved in many ways since its humble beginnings as an after-school program at Bayside High School in 1996.

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Paul Savramis on RSYF’s 2018 Gala Man of the Year

Paul Savramis Rising Star's Gala 2018For the past 16 years, Rising Stars Youth Foundation has hosted a dinner to raise funds for its programs and support the student athletes within. Paul Savramis, RSYF founder, explains that the dinner is also an opportunity to honor the men and women who have made the organization’s community involvement possible. For 2018, RSYF’s Man of the Year is Mr. Joe Feshbach.

Paul Savramis describes Feshbach as a man who deeply cares about the future of his community. He is an investment expert with more than 40 years of experience and has worked with some of the biggest names in finance throughout his illustrious career. But where Mr. Feshbach really shines is in his commitment to making changes today that will lead to a better tomorrow.

Joe Feshbach is the co-chair of the Forum on Law and Culture Society. Through this organization, Paul Savramis explains that Feshbach works with other NY leaders to address topics facing the people of the state – and the world – each year. In addition to all his good works Feshbach is a long-time supporter of RSYF, Mr. Feshbach joined an impressive fraternity of past men of the year. They include MidOcean Partner CEO Ten Virtue, Mr. Thomas J. Quinlan, III, Chairman, President and CEO of LSC Communications, Mark Clouse, CEO Pinnacle Foods, Seth Waugh, Former CEO of Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs director of Alumni Mike Troy. All of these men have been honored for their belief and support of Rising Stars programs, but Mr. Feshbach was the first to have gone through the foundation with his son, Josh, from grades three through graduation of college (Brown University). With his support and the support of other leaders within the community, Rising Star’s athletes will continue to dominate both the courts and the academic world.

Paul Savramis notes that in addition to recognizing a man of the year, the RSYF Gala raises awareness about the organization’s mission, which, at its core, is to improve the lives of boys and girls. RSYF is a combination athletic and academic program for kids wishing to play basketball and to make a difference within their own neighborhoods. Through sports, RSYF teaches kids how to overcome problems they face each day.

Student athletes come from all areas of life: some from areas where drugs and gangs dominate, others from where they face equally challenging obstacles. Through a focus on education, community, and athletics, Paul Savramis and his team give kids the best start they can have in life and the equal opportunity they deserve to cross the finish line into adulthood.

Rising Stars 2018 Gala Video

 

Paul Savramis | The New Beginning of Nassau Coliseum

Paul SavramisOn November 4, 2017 Paul Savramis and the boys and girls of Rising Stars were honored to participate in the re-launch of the famous Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. The sports complex, built in 1972, was closed for renovations in 2015 and re-opened in April 2017. After getting the building ready for a full season, Nassau held her grand unveiling with thousands of adoring basketball fans, dozens of aspiring professional players, and at least one very special guest.

According to Paul Savramis, none other than Dr. J, Julius Irving, was on hand to watch the Long Island Nets on opening day against the Ants, a longtime rival team hailing from Indiana. Irving, now age 67, was recruited by the Nets in the coliseum’s original opening year. The 6’ 6” basketball legend grew up on Long Island, graduating from Roosevelt High School a few years prior to his first season with the Nets.

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Paul Savramis Shares Information for Rising Stars Parents

Paul SavramisRecently, the Rising Stars girls basketball team participated in “Get in the Zone,” an innovative program offered by the Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!). This latest addition to Rising Stars community seminars and life enhancement program, according to founder Paul Savramis, teaches personal calming strategies, such as stretching and focused breathing.

Savramis is very pleased to see these programs continue to grow in popularity as the focus of Rising Stars continues to be self help and promoting life skills to its student athletes.

During the program, the students were taught the “straw breath” breathing technique, which has been used by a number of famous athletes. Lebron James has been known to use straw breath to improve his concentration on the court. This focused breathing exercise involves creating a small straw-sized hole in the lips from which to exhale breaths taken in through the nose. Paul Savramis reports that breathing out for 10 to 15 seconds three to five times helps put the mind at ease and allows it to focus on whatever task is at hand.

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Paul Savramis Celebrates 20 Years with Rising Stars

logos-copy-updatedwithsmandtaglineIn 2016, Rising Stars celebrates 20 years and more than 200 college and professional level players. Here, founder Paul Savramis discusses Rising Stars’ growth, impact, and strategy.

Q: What originally gave you the idea for Rising Stars?

Paul Savramis: We initially offered summer basketball  camps for kids wanting to improve their skills. What we accomplished  with those camps, however, was to dig deeper than the X’s and O’s found on basketball courts. Our staff began to get to know each player, their dreams, goals, and what was holding them back, not just in the game but in life. These were kids who needed a hand up not on the court but for what they found off it. It sparked a passion for me and my coach’s to strive for a greater impact.

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Paul Savramis and Rising Stars Offer Helping Hands to Families with Sick Children

Paul Savramis is the founder of Rising Stars, one of the Northeast’s most respected after-school sports and academic support programs. One of the best byproducts of the program is allowing its members a first hand look at other community based programs and charities. Student athletes from Rising Stars recently offered their time and talents to residents of the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. In the following Q&A, Savramis explains how the teens did more than just provide a home cooked meal.

Q: What is Meals from the Heart?

Paul Savramis: Meals from the Heart is a volunteer program facilitated through the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The program rallies volunteer groups to provide home-cooked meals to families staying in a Ronald McDonald House. RMH in new Hyde Park offers accommodations to families with children at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital.

Q: How many families did your Rising Stars student athletes feed?

Paul Savramis: On August 18, 2016, boys from the Rising Stars scholars program cooked dinner for several families at RMH. However, as the kids learned during their hours in the home, they were providing more than just food. Many of these families spend 15 to 20 hours a day at the hospital tending to their terminally ill children. Having someone else come in and take care of the cooking and cleaning, even for one night, was a more than welcome form of respite.

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Paul Savramis | Rising Stars Kids Make a Difference

Paul SavramisIdle hands, says Paul Savramis, can be full of risks. Especially in children, where boredom often leads to mischief. Here, Savramis discusses a few ways the Rising Stars organization helps student athletes fill their time with positive community projects and exactly what that means to the athletes and recipients.

Q: What kinds of charity organizations do Rising Stars’ student athletes volunteer with?

Paul Savramis: Our boys and girls have numerous opportunities each year to make a difference in their local communities. One of our biggest volunteer opportunities is the Long Island Lutheran High School Food Drive. This awesome community event collects food for hundreds of children…enough food to last each child an entire year!

Q: How many food packets were filled this year?

Paul Savramis: In April, we packed over 300,000 boxes of nutritionally balanced food. These were delivered both locally and to hungry children across the globe. Our team packed enough food for over 500 kids.

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