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, started the Landen Lucas Foundation -Sports For Life Fund in 2017.
Landen loved sports growing up, but it was often 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, he would not have been able to experience the physical, social, emotional, and academic benefits of playing sports.
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 saw the negative impact on students who wanted to play sports but couldn’t afford the fees or equipment.
Therefore, Sports For Life Funds will be set up across the country to give scholarships to financially disadvantaged youth, creating healthier communities and making a positive impact for future generations.