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UNLV Women’s Soccer, Lights FC Offer Inspiration at Greater Youth Sports Association’s Character & Awards Night

“Using sports as a vessel we can teach the importance of character and education.” -Devonte Woodson

LAS VEGAS — (May 11, 2019) Greater Youth Sports Association, Inc. (GYSA) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 2019n  provides after-school sports for low-income, elementary-age students recently hosted its final Character and Awards Night of the school year.

Speakers in attendance included UNLV Women’s Soccer, Las Vegas Lights FC, Lifting Spirits Coaching and GYSA Founders.

The Character & Awards Night is a staple in GYSA’s premier program, the School Sports Solution SM.

These nights conclude each of their three sports seasons and aim to teach student athletes the value of good character.

Founder Annalise Lullo explained “aside from sports which is at the forefront of our program, we really like to emphasize our other two core values which are Character and Education (…) we feel it is important to teach our students not only athletic abilities, but also how to be an outstanding person.”

The final Character & Awards Night of the school year which took place on Friday, (May 11, 2019) was a great success with more than 300 people pouring in to hear from speakers including Devonte Woodson, Co-Founder, GYSA; Karisa Cosby, Co-Founder, Lifting Spirits Coaching; Alex Ortega,

Account Executive – Youth Soccer Programs, Las Vegas Lights FC; Chris Shaw, Head Coach, UNLV Women’s Soccer; and Taylor Clark, Starting Freshman, UNLV Women’s Soccer.

The theme of the night was “Resilience.” Each of the speakers explained to the student athletes the importance of getting back up when you’ve been knocked down, and how adversity makes you a stronger athlete and person.

UNLV Coach Chris Shaw explaining how to be resilient with a key phrase called “bounce back-ability.” Taylor Clark delivered a very powerful speech about how she personally had to overcome many obstacles in her life.

“One of the things he (dad) taught me was strength.”

Following the program students had the opportunity to meet and greet with the speakers.

Future Character & Awards Night will take place during next year’s School Sports Solution Program which runs from August through May.

GYSA, was founded in 2018 by Devonte Woodson and Annalise Lullo. “Using sports as a vessel we can teach the importance of character and education” explains Devonte Woodson.

In it’s short life the organization has partnered with 15 elementary schools in the Las Vegas area, and has provided after-school sports, character workshops, and reading comprehension program to nearly 700 at-risk students.

The Founders of the non-profit have big dreams for their startup and hope to impact more than 100,000 students in the next five years.

Greater Youth Sports Association is planning something special for the city of Las Vegas. something special for the city of Las Vegas. 

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