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The goal of My Spark Denver is to increase access to extracurricular activities that can have positive benefits for youth. The program does that by providing funds directly to students and families so that they can choose the youth activities that they’re most interested in.  Enrolled families will receive a $1,000 debit card that can only be used to enroll their student in one of the Athletics & Beyond programs. After a student and their family have received their My Spark Card, they can sign up for Athletics & Beyond afterschool programs of their choice.

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Athletic training and programs offered at A&B

Baseball
JC Martinez: 720-771-5263
Byran Sanders: 720-339-1463

Basketball
Will Owens: 303-507-4633

Boxing
Everette Elliston: 720-400-9260

Track & Performance Fitness
Thal Woods: 303-523-0070
Adult Fitness
Sanja Fisher: 720-435-8059
Mattie Freeman: 720-490-3593
Football
Taylor Juniel: 720-425-2488
Tumbling (Gymnastics)
Ozell Williams: 720-403-0575
Wrestling
Josh Nelson: 720-313-6001
Cory Montreuil: 860-942-7450
Sports Recovery
Trill Benjamin: 720-809-4049
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NCAA Eligibility Workshop

Website Registration Checklist Take your first step to becoming an NCAA student-athlete at www.eligibilitycenter.org 

Choose from our two account types to get started:

1. Certification Account: You need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center to compete at an NCAA Division I or II school. You also need to be registered with a Certification Account before you can make official visits or sign a National Letter of Intent in Division I or II.

2. Profile Page: If you plan to compete at a Division III school or are currently unsure in which division you want to compete, create a Profile Page. If at any time you wish to pursue a Division I or II path, you will be able to transition to a Certification Account. For Certification Accounts, please allow between 30 to 45 minutes to register completely. If you need to exit and come back at a later time, you can save and exit once your account or profile is created. Reference the Help section located in the top task bar at any time to answer your questions as you work through registration.

NAIA Eligibility Workshop

Website Registration Checklist take your first step to becoming an NAIA student athlete at www.play.mynaia.org

PlayNAIA.org helps future student-athletes discover and connect with NAIA schools, coaches and athletic scholarships. PlayNAIA is also the official clearinghouse for NAIA eligibility. Every student-athlete must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center to play sports at an NAIA college or university.

In the NFL 70% of the athletes are African American players 

There are 1,093,234 high school football players in the United States, and 6.5% of those high school players (or 71,060) will play for the NCAA in college. The drop-off from college to the professional level is more dramatic: only 1.6% of college-level players will get drafted into the NFL. Even then, being a successful professional athlete is yet another barrier to tackle. In short, roughly 853 players (0.00075%) make the pros each year out of an original population of nearly 1.1 million high school athletes. To put that number into perspective, that is about the odds of getting struck by lightning at some point in life. Each NFL team is allowed to have 53 players on its roster (plus a five-player practice squad). As of 2011, the NFL has 32 teams, making a total of 1,696 players. 

 

The NBA in 2021 was composed of 73.2 percent black players, 16.8 percent white players, 3.1 percent Latino players of any race, and 0.4 percent Asian players. 

Out of the thousands upon thousands of male athletes who play basketball in high school, only a fraction move on to compete in the NCAA. In a study by the NCAA in April 2020, of the 540,769 male high school basketball athletes, 18,816 moved on to play in college, or 3.5%. That number shrinks to 1%  when you specify to Division 1 schools. Making it to the pros is more of a challenge, as of those 18,816, only 1.2% make the jump from the NCAA to the NBA. There are approximately 450 players in the NBA. Each one of the 30 NBA teams can have 15 players on their active roster, with replacements for injuries or poor performance. Teams can also carry two two-way players. Over the course of a season, over 500 players typically play one or more NBA games. 

CAREER PATHWAYS

According to service data provided to FLYING, of the 14,000 active-duty pilots in the US Air Force, only 2 percent of them identify as Black. The percentage of active physicians by race/ethnicity. Among active physicians, 56.2% identified as White, 17.1% identified as Asian, 5.8% identified as Hispanic, and 5.0% identified as Black or African American. The most common ethnicity among engineers is White, which makes up 71.7% of all engineers. Comparatively, there are 14.0% of the Asian ethnicity and 8.4% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The most common ethnicity of professional engineers is White (71.0%), followed by Asian (11.3%), Hispanic or Latino (10.6%) and Black or African American (4.5%). The most common ethnicity of certified public accountants is White (67.5%), followed by Asian (11.3%), Hispanic or Latino (10.5%) and Black or African American (8.8%). 

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