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Partner Profile: Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM)

Memphis Athletic Ministries, better known as "MAM," runs year-round youth sport programs that emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play. The purpose of MAM is to use organized athletics to mentor youth in order to reduce destructive behavior, improve health, increase academic performance and grow spiritually. MAM currently has six locations throughout urban Memphis which offer a variety of programs to attract youth. While MAM is best-known for its huge recreational basketball leagues, they also utilize golf, flag football and soccer programs to attract youth.

Volunteer Opportunities

MAM offers opportunities to mentor youth that include coaching (either as a head coach or an assistant coach) basketball, golf, soccer, baseball or flag football as well as tutoring, supervising games, and assisting with after-school recreational activities. Sport programs and recreational activities run year-round, so volunteers are needed at all times. Individual and group opportunities are available, as well. There is a huge need for adult role models to mentor urban youth. Volunteers have the opportunity to demonstrate appropriate behavior though their words and actions as they mentor the urban youth through coaching.

History with the Memphis Grizzlies

MAM was the first organization in Memphis to receive a grant from the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Fund. In December 2001, the Grizzlies donated $1 million to MAM to support the construction of the Memphis Grizzlies Athletic Center, a state-of-the-art sports and recreation complex, located in South Memphis. To date, more than $4.2 million has been contributed to MAM by the Grizzlies Foundation to support program operations and expand after-school opportunities to six additional sites throughout Memphis. Additionally, over 8,000 youth—from 1,200 when the partnership began—in Shelby County participate in MAM programs. Grizzlies regularly host camps, clinics and coach development programs with MAM each year, and players and coaches make periodic visits to MAM sites.

Did you know?

The Memphis Grizzlies Grizzlies-MAM relationship was recognized with the Corporate Partnership Award in November 2006 at the Volunteer Memphis’ Corporate Neighbor Awards. This is awarded to a company that has established an on-going dynamic partnership with a non-profit resulting in significant benefits to both partners:

"This partnership is a true winner in every sense. The partnership was born in 2001 to help address the needs of Mid-South youth –- through sports. The partnership aimed at expanding facilities, fostering the growth of sports leagues to bring together youth from all geographic and socio-economic areas of the community, teaching youth the principles of competition, teamwork and sportsmanship, and fostering unity among diverse segments of the community. This partnership engages all members of the Grizzlies family and all of the activities help provide positive role models in the lives of kids, due to the deliberate and active training and supervision of volunteers, coaches and staff.”

For more information contact Memphis Athletic Ministries at 901.744.6261 or visit www.mamsports.org.