Rising Stars Youth Foundation kept its boys and girls on their toes from the time school ended until the bell rang once again this August. From summer camps to league championships with a few community service events in between, there was never a dull moment for the nonprofit. Paul Savramis reflects on summer 2019 in the following brief interview.
Q: What are some notable events that took place this summer?
Paul Savramis: We had many exciting opportunities for our boys and girls. The first thing that comes to mind is our lineup of summer camps. This year marked the 25th annual end-of-August basketball camp. This camp is sentimental because it marks a quarter-century of success for Rising Stars Youth Foundation. Although this camp is a staple, we also extended our outreach to Long Beach, where we held our first-ever basketball program.
Q: How did Rising Stars Youth Foundation teams make out during the warm weather?
Paul Savramis: You could say we had a great year. Our 17U girls hit up the Windy City and reigned supreme as Nike Tournament champions. They enjoyed their trip to Chicago and are eager to return. Some of our boys headed further south to Atlanta, where they made it to the coveted UA Championship semi-finals. I’m also pleased to say that many of our younger students really showed their stuff on the court. Teams from Rising Star Youth Foundation participated in the Lincoln Park Classic and the MLK Classic where they walked away as 4th- and 3rd-grade champions respectively.
Q: Are there any individual standouts for the summer season?
Paul Savramis: All of our student-athletes stand out in their own way. I would like to send a huge congratulations, however, to many from our 2018 senior class, as many received college offers from Boston University, Stonybrook, and Lafayette.
Q: Do you anticipate next summer being quite as exciting?
Paul Savramis: Every year it seems that something new and exciting happens at Rising Stars Youth Foundation. While this summer will certainly go in the books as one of our best yet, I know that next year will bring even more opportunities for us to change lives one student at a time.