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TeamUP for Houston Youth expands in 2021 to broaden MBK Houston reach

TeamUP for Houston Youth kicks off Spring 2021 with new partners and campuses, leveraging the power of sport to motivate and advance Houston’s youth.

HOUSTON – Under the auspices of the Mayor’s Office of Education and My Brother’s Keeper Houston, TeamUP for Houston is launching its fourth year as a virtual program this month, expanding to 12 school campuses with exciting new sports partnerships throughout the city.  

In collaboration with the Houston Health Department and the Houston Health Foundation, Bloomberg Associates guided the partnership in the creation of TeamUP for Houston’s Youth in 2017 to utilize the power and influence of sports to help develop youth in underserved communities. The program equips youth with professional skills and experiences in the sports industry, driving motivation to pursue college or a career path.

Since its inception, the program has expanded to additional high school campuses across the city, sport partners within the esports and sports industry, and institutions of higher learning. It is collaboratively working to serve Houston students attending feeder pattern high schools in and nearby Mayor Sylvester Turner’s designated Complete Communities neighborhoods and My Brother’s Keeper feeder patterns.

The inaugural TeamUP initiative was launched with the Houston Marathon Foundation and Sugar Land Skeeters. Expanding in the 2018-2019 school year, the Harris County Houston Sports Authority and the Houston Dynamo & Houston Dash joined the program to enhance the programs’ reach and impact.

In 2021, TeamUP will “take the field” with new TeamUP Clubs “Starting Five” partnerships:

  • Campus Partners: Austin, Kashmere, Lamar, Madison, Milby, North Forest, Sam Houston, Scarborough, Sharpstown, Washington, Westbury, Wheatley, Wisdom, Worthing, Yates High Schools (Houston Independent School District); YES Prepartory – Gulfton; and Legacy The School of Sport Sciences (Charter)
  • Education Partners: Houston Baptist University, Prairie View A&M University, Rice University, Texas Southern University, and the University of Houston
  • Sports Partners: Chevron Houston Marathon, Harris County Houston Sports Authority, Houston Dash/Dynamo, Houston National Society of Black Sports Professionals, Houston Outlaws, Houston Rockets, Houston Sabercats, Houston Texans, HTX Sports Tech, and the Sugar Land Skeeters
  • Concession Partner: Whataburger
  • Corporate Partner: AT&T

The TeamUP Program will kick off on Thursday, February 4, and is limited to select Houston area high school campuses listed above.

For more information and to access the registration application, visit rebrand.ly/teamuphou.

(Houston Health Department)

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