November 10, 2004
Denver Chamber of Commerce Article
by Gregory Willis
Recently named the 2004 Best Youth Basketball Program in Colorado by Westword newspaper, the Colorado HAWKS (Hard At Work Kids) non-profit 501-C3 organization was designed to create opportunity and an alternative to gangs for at-risk, disadvantaged youth. The organization provides year-round, culturally diverse, basketball programs for boys and girls ages 10-17 years old.
Students who drop out or fail to advance to college have significantly lower annual and lifetime incomes than those who stay in school and earn higher degrees, said Richard Riley, an AEE Advisory Board member and Education Secretary during the Clinton administration.
Currently, the HAWKS has 190 players. Remarkably, 100 percent of the players from the class of 2003 were offered college scholarships. Plus, the Colorado HAWKS is one of the only programs in Colorado to compete on a national level and rank with top teams. In fact, the girls team won two national titles. The organization has players at top universities, such as MIT, Harvard, Weber State, University of Miami, Denver University, NAVY/Pre Med, Florida International, etc.
Colorado HAWKS also teams up with various community initiatives, Colorado Compassion Initiative, Youth In Life, Rocky Mountain Food Bank and it offers in house tutoring, free counseling and a mentoring program. For more information about Colorado HAWKS visit www.cohawks.com.
Published by Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
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