MACC Sports

MACC Sports Summer Update

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MACC Sports is more than just a sports league that is providing an opportunity for kids to play the game they love in a safe environment.  Our goal is to change lives and introduce our youth to the love of Christ.  What better way to show your kids that you love them than to spend time with them?  This year for our Soccer for Success Program we scheduled 3 field trips to visit various colleges across the state of Michigan (Michigan State University, The University of Michigan, and Wayne County Community College).  Our staff, coaches and parent volunteers spent a day with our youth touring college campuses and listening to presentations from various college students.  The college students we heard from were awesome; they were from various backgrounds but all were very humble and stressed the importance of having God in their life to help guide and support them as they face the challenges of college.

 

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Most of our youth and some of our parent volunteers had never been on any of the campuses that we visited, so they were having the time of their lives.  There is one conversation that stood out for me this year that kind of brings home why the work we are doing is so important for our youth and families. I had a parent reach out to me thanking me for providing this opportunity for her son.  The parent stated that her son was adopted and has been in some pretty bad situations in a few of the foster homes that he was in.  He also has a learning disability and has been struggling in school to the point where he has almost given up. She has also struggled trying to get him motivated to take an interest in his education or to even pick up a book.  On all of our college visits we have our youth complete a worksheet to prepare and get them thinking about their future, and we make all the youth complete it before they can get on the bus.  During our  “What do you know about college/What do you want to know about college “ activity  she was very surprised that instead of her son getting intimidated or frustrated he became very excited and for the first time he wanted her to help him complete the work sheet so that he could turn it in.  Just hearing the excitement in her voice and knowing that we were able to give her son a little inspiration warmed my heart and let me know that we are making a difference in the lives of our youth. 

MACC Sports is an awesome place to learn the fundamentals of soccer, basketball, football, volleyball and etc. But we are working hard to be much more than a place for our youth to have fun; we also want to plant seeds of greatness in all of our youth so that they accomplish all the great things the Lord has planned for them. 

MACC Sports Spring Update

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This has been an exciting and busy winter for MACC Sports.  We started the year off with an awesome basketball camp and 3 v 3 basketball tournament; facilitated by the staff and players of the Northpointe Christian High School Basketball Program (Grand Rapids).  We were also blessed with tickets, t-shirts, and food vouchers for two Pistons Game. Special thanks to Andre Drummond and Ish Smith for providing the ticket packages. The Pistons are undefeated when we attend their games; maybe they should send us tickets to all of their playoff games so we can win that NBA title this year, hint hint.

This year we also got off to a great start with our new Speed and Agility Camp.  Our youth were excited to work out their bodies in the gym, their minds during math prep, and their hearts during bible study.  Please keep our youth and our coaching staff in your prayers as we continue to help push them to new heights.

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Registration for soccer and flag football is now open. We are looking forward to another great season as we add flag football and “Soccer for Success” to our programming this spring.  Our “Soccer for Success” program will teach youth ages 9-14 not only how to be good soccer players, but they will also learn about healthy living and how to prepare for high school and college.  We currently have 3 college tours scheduled this year (University of Michigan, Michigan State, and Jackson Community College) for participants.


If you are interested in volunteering and joining us for an awesome spring season visit https://mackave.galaxydigital.com.  As always keep our staff, volunteers and especially our children in your prayers.

MACC Sports Spring Update

Over the last few months we prepared for and kick off our 2018 MACC Sports Basketball League for the second year in a row. It has been such a blessing to host the league at People's Missionary Baptist Church. With over 30 participants and 7 coaches this season it has been a success. The Detroit Pistons donated money to purchase brand new basketball hoops. It is delightful have quality equipment to promote value and worth in our participants. 

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Although MACC Sports Basketball is only halfway through the season, preparations for the spring soccer season have begun. All new equipment will be purchased for the upcoming season with grants and donations since the MACC Sports trailer was stolen last October.

Quicken Loans and Project Evergreen are also working with MACC Sports to continue renovations to Pingree Park. It is believed that the park can be transformed into one of the best parks on the east side of Detroit. The second round of renovations will begin in June.

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Please pray that families will be blessed by participating in MACC Sports and see staff and volunteers who model Christ.

MACC Sports December Update

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In the last few months the Lord has shown that He will continue to advance His Kingdom in the midst of tragedy. The MACC Sports Trailer, which houses all of our soccer equipment, was stolen. With all of our equipment gone, we will be unable to offer a Gospel-centered soccer league for the kids in the community during the Spring 2018 season. However, we have launched a campaign to raise funds to replace the equipment. We also have received contact from several organizations, companies, and individuals who want to help either financially or by donating items.

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During this season, we are also busy preparing for MACC Sports Basketball League. We are hoping to partner with a church located about 5 minutes from Mack Avenue Community Church that has an amazing gym space. However, the space does not have basketball hoops. As we consider our options, we are hoping to be able to raise funds to purchase hoops for our upcoming league.

 

Please pray that we will be able to solidify a contract for a gym space soon, raise funds for basketball hoops, raise funds to purchase new soccer equipment, and that the families that participate in the basketball league would come to know Christ.

- Ashley Albright, MACC Sports Program Manager