In his new book, “Life is Not an Accident,” Jay Williams admits the mistakes that cost him his career. But Paul Savramis says the Rising Stars alumni didn’t let fate deal him a final hand, and that he has played his cards better than anyone could have imagined.
Jay Williams was the first pick of the Chicago Bulls and the second pick overall in the 2002 NBA Draft. He was a national champion, two time all american and recent Duke University graduate (One of a very few to graduate in three years) with a promising career laid at his very talented feet, says Paul Savramis. But Williams was like most young men that experience a rapid rise to success.He was ready to take on the world, ready for whatever challenges might lie in his path and ready to experience life’s thrills and adventures. What he wasn’t ready for, however,was the possible consequences of too much too soon.
Rising Stars Inc. founder Paul Savramis understands that many lessons learned on the basketball court translate to everyday life. Emphasizing academic achievements and positive life skills, as well as providing youth with the opportunity to achieve success and a better lifestyle, Rising Stars has successfully utilized basketball to promote education to youth throughout the greater New York area.
Every young man and woman who has played on Rising Stars teams is a personal testament to the strength and dedication of the mentors and coaches of this program. “We take much pride in what these fine young people have been able to accomplish on and off the court,” says Paul Savramis.
December 14th, 2015 was a big night for some of the city’s smallest athletes. Rising Stars, a non-profit basketball program founded by Paul Savramis, held its first Hearts & Hoops event at Long Island Lutheran High School. Here, Savramis opens up about how the students opened their hearts.
Q: What was the idea behind this inaugural Hearts & Hoops event?
Paul Savramis: We always strive to keep our athletes involved in projects that make their community a better place. The Hearts & Hoops event was an idea that developed watching how well these players worked together on and off the court. We thought, “Imagine what they can do with all of this positive energy…”
Paul Savramis is the founder of Rising Stars Inc., a New York–based sports outreach that helps young people develop life skills through playing basketball and the power of teams. Here he discusses a significant addition to his team, Tyrone Green.
Q: Paul Savramis, please tell us about this new addition to your leadership staff.
Paul Savramis: I’m proud to welcome my lifetime friend Tyrone Green to the Rising Stars Youth Foundation as NYC Community Initiatives Director. Tyrone Green has been by my side running community sports clinics for more than 20 years.
Q: Is Tyrone a native New Yorker?
Paul Savramis: Tyrone was raised in the housing projects in Astoria, Queens. Like me, he has personally experienced the odds stacked against inner-city kids and has spent his life trying to broaden their opportunities. I met Tyrone over 30 years ago working with kids at a PAL youth center in Jamaica, Queens, where I was raised. Continue reading
Paul Savramis, founder and director of Rising Stars sports camps, has one significant piece of advice for all of his prodigies looking to attend college: The decision to attend college and the process of selecting that college begins when entering high school.
According to Paul Savramis, the decision to attend a college or university requires a proactive attitude from everyone involved in the process. That process needs to involve more than just student-athletes. Paul Savramis encourages speaking often with family, friends and high school counselors to determine options, learn the facts and determine the best possible strategy.
Paul Savramis notes that HS guidance counselors and the NCAA have a number of helpful tools to guide students and provide specific answers about eligibility. But these are tools that the student needs to reach out for and not tools that will drop into their laps. If a student athlete wishes to participate in a college sport, there are additional requirements and specific rules to consider. The road to getting into the right college is a difficult one to navigate and a road map is absolutely necessary. Continue reading
Paul Savramis, founder of Rising Stars, recently held an anti-bullying seminar as part of Rising Stars yearly community outreach offerings to youth. The awareness seminar, according to Paul Savramis, addressed the growing prevalence of both bullying and cyber-bullying, especially in sports.
Rising Stars is a youth-oriented sports program founded by Paul Savramis that connects with children and teens in communities. The program ignites participants’ competitive spirits and teaches them everything from athletic skill to sportsmanship and team building, Paul Savramis stresses.
Rising Stars founder Paul Savramis is proud to offer programs with the Nassau County Police Department Foundation (NCPD) as part of Rising Stars new community initiatives for 2013.
Q: Teaming up with NCPD seems exciting. What is the main goal of this initiative?
Paul Savramis: We want Rising Stars youths to get to know the Police on a more personal level. We also want them to understand that the police are their friends and that they are able to reach out to them.