Why Bill’s Basketball Boogie?
KU basketball coach Bill Self recognizes that action needs to be taken to support programs and people that can make a difference in the lives of Kansas youth. Through his personal interactions with thousands of young people across the country, he has observed the difference that caring adults, adequate education, and accessible athletic facilities can make in the lives of student development.
Strong parental guidance and a well-rounded education form a solid foundation; a foundation that many students may not currently have. Coach Self has observed that students who have the opportunity to participate in athletics through organized sports at an early age are more likely to succeed than those who do not. Competitive sports provide experiences that encourage young people to become physically and emotionally mature.
At a time when our country has identified obesity as another critical threat to today’s youth, Coach Self is very concerned with the loss of community and tax-based programs, and wants to engage all of us to take action.
Where the money goes
Assists is committed to building scholarship endowment funds for both Kansas City Kansas public schools and Lawrence public schools that will allow students to continue and complete their educational goals. The endowments support four (4) $2,500 scholarships each year for both school districts. The scholarships can be accessed through the high school counselors and are renewable for each recipient for up to four years. Currently, 32 students receive scholarship funds through Assists and we will see our eight inaugural recipients complete their undergraduate degrees this May.
Assists strives to build relationships within the communities in which we live and work. While we are committed to our fundraising goals, we are also committed to awarding grants throughout the state of Kansas. Ten grants of $3,000 each are awarded annually based upon need and the advancement of the mission of Assists. To date, more than 65 grants have been awarded.