BALTIMORE, Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- PALMco Energy, a family-owned and -operated energy supply company, has announced a $10,000 donation to Up2Us Sports. A national nonprofit, Up2Us Sports is dedicated to harnessing the power of sports and highly trained coaches to reduce violence, promote health, and inspire academic success for our nation's most vulnerable youth.
PALMco's sponsorship will support a day-long training session for up to 60 coaches who collectively work with 3,500 youth in many of Baltimore's underserved communities. The session will focus on harnessing the power of sports to improve health and wellness, and promote pro-social behaviors that contribute to safer communities.
Up2Us Sports will also support and train four coaches in Baltimore and educate the young adults on how to successfully engage nearly 600 at-risk youth in sports programming. The training will highlight sports as a tool to address health, violence prevention, and life skills development.
"As a family run business, we recognize the importance of investing in our community's next generation of leaders and providing youth with the organization, skills, and network that will help them succeed in life," said Robert Palmese, President of PALMco Energy. "We are excited to support the work of Up2Us Sports and share in their work of bringing organized sports to communities where youth can develop lifelong skills."
"Up2Us Sports is thrilled to receive the support of PALMco Energy. We greatly appreciate companies and organizations that recognize the importance of giving back to their local communities, and we're looking forward to helping the kids of Baltimore thrive with the help of PALMco," said Up2Us Sports Founder and CEO Paul Caccamo.
In July it was announced that Up2Us Sports received $1.8 million in AmeriCorps grants, one National and four state, from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to support hundreds of AmeriCorps members. Part of that total comes from PennSERVE, which promotes volunteering and community service throughout Pennsylvania. PALMco's support will supplement the support from AmeriCorps to support the four coaches.
This partnership is part of PALMco Cares, an ongoing effort to give back to the communities in which PALMco serves. Launched in December 2013, PALMco Cares' inaugural campaign donates $1 per month for each participating gas and/or electric account to the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO). To learn more about the programs that PALMco Cares has supported, please visit their website.
PALMco is a family-owned and operated energy supply company (ESCO) that supplies electricity and natural gas in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Sister company Columbia Utilities supplies electricity and natural gas in New York. Our family has been in the energy business since 1938, and we dedicate ourselves to providing quality service, customer satisfaction, and dependable energy.
About Up2Us Sports
Established in 2010, Up2Us Sports is a national nonprofit dedicated to using the power of sports and highly trained coaches to reduce violence, promote health and inspire academic success for our nation's most vulnerable youth. Up2Us Sports' research, training and on-the-ground initiatives empower sports programs across the country to become a united force for meaningful change. Up2Us Sports' signature Coach Across America (CAA) program places and trains the nation's best and brightest role models to bring sports-based youth development to the most underserved communities. Up2Us Sports coaches understand that every program session, practice or game is a chance to positively impact a child's future. To date, Up2Us Sports has reached more than 284,000 youth by placing 1,864 coaches in underserved urban communities.
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