Across the Indianapolis metropolitan area, African-American and Latino youth face an opportunity gap - in athletics, academics, wellness and life skills.
The cost of participation in high-level, competitive amateur sports has resulted in crashing participation rates among lower-income families.
There is a direct correlation between education and income. Just 1-in-5 Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) students passed both the math and English portions of ISTEP. Education is the primary factor that leads to a brighter economic future for most people.
- Larry Smith, Indianapolis Recorder, January 3, 2019
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education reports a substantial gap in college enrollment rates for African-American (57 percent) and Hispanic youth (52 percent) relative to their White (66 percent) and Asian-American (77 percent) peers. Four-year college completion rates fall staggeringly short at 11 percent for African-Americans and 20 percent for Latino youth.
Less than 20 percent of African-American and Latino youth receive an annual physical or medial exam.
The BASE model plays a key role in shifting the national mindset and reimagining pathways to success for urban youth. We believe in acting our way into a new way of thinking, not thinking our way into a new way of acting. We strive to be a national example of the most comprehensive athletic, educational enrichment and life advancement program for urban youth.
Through the power and passion of sports we will transform the lives of urban youth by providing quality athletics, education, and life skills opportunities that allow them to reach their fullest potential.
WE ARE WHO WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR
Like any team with championship aspirations, we’ve developed a gameplan to guide us. This program overview provides us with the roadmap to achieve success - what we’ll do and how we plan to do it.
SPORTS AND LEARNING CAMPUS
The BASE Indianapolis will operate a vibrant, dynamic facility that provides a safe, nurturing environment where student-athletes and families come for support. Our plan is to construct our long-term home in Indianapolis’ Martindale Brightwood neighborhood on the city’s near-east side.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The BASE Indianapolis will deliver a year-round services, offering programing designed to help our student-athletes succeed, focusing on:
Sports training, conditioning, nutrition and competition
Personalized educational resources; college preparation/readiness
Job skills training and holistic approach for life success
The BASE Indianapolis will attract student-athletes committed to the three Ps of success: - Preparation, Practice and Performance - both on and off the playing field. Once fully operational, approximately 50 student-athletes per year, ages 13-18, will be enrolled and “earn their spot.”
The BASE Indianapolis is ambitiously focused on raising $2.7M over three years to provide a proven set of athletic, education and life skills programming designed to support and advance urban youth through the college and career experience.