To promote the development of young people, through participation in sports. Creating access and opportunity for financially disadvantaged youth to receive the social and academic benefits that come along with the physical benefits of playing sports.
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Landen Lucas, the KU center 2012-2017 and Sports Illustrated ‘Glue Guy’ of the Jayhawks men’s basketball team, along with his mother, Shelley Lucas, an educator and leadership development professional, have started the Landen Lucas Foundation -Sports For Life Fund.
Living in a single parent home for much of his life, Landen didn’t have the financial stability and privileges of many of his peers. Shelley had to say no a lot because she couldn’t afford big summer camps and sports equipment. Landen loved sports, but often it was difficult to afford the sports team fees and equipment. In fact, there are many sports and other extra-curricular activities that Landen would not have been able to participate in without the gift of used sports equipment from friends and the blessing of financial assistance from grandparents and other extended family. Without that support system, Shelley would not have been able to give Landen all the opportunities that he was ultimately blessed with.
Now, Landen knows the great value in the life lessons learned through sports and he wants to be sure that all students have the opportunity to participate and compete. And as an educator, Shelley sees the negative impact on students who want to play sports but can’t afford the fees or equipment.
Therefore, Sports For Life will be providing scholarships for underprivileged students in the school district of Lawrence, Kansas, and the Portland/Beaverton School districts, where Landen attended school from 7-12th grade, along with other schools and communities throughout the United States.