Mr. Steve Diggs, President & CEO
1014 Heiskell Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921
Emerald Youth Sports – $50,000
Emerald Youth Sports continues to serve children in Knoxville’s inner-city by being a catalyst for the development of a healthy lifestyle through the encouragement of physical activity and by providing a positive outlet for the use of time to redirect young people from poor choices. Emerald Youth Sports has continued to grow because of unique, strategic partnerships with local businesses, local government, and other community organizations, and these partnerships validate the importance of and desire for a sports program designed specifically for the benefit of young people in Knoxville’s economically disadvantaged city center. The lack of physical activity among urban youth is startling, and the temptation to become involved in or be influenced by negative activity abounds, so Emerald Youth Sports engages with these young people to holistically promote full, healthy lives.
Inner-City Learning Initiative – $90,000
Emerald Youth Foundation (EYF) is committed to help youth and young adults living in Knoxville’s inner-city reach their full potential and become leaders in their communities. Academic achievement is key for them to finish high school, complete college or further training, and find a good job or career. We propose to continue to provide academic supports such as after-school and summer programs, ACT prep, tutoring, post-secondary preparedness workshops, life coaches, etc. for elementary through young adults.