Helping At-Risk Girls One Basketball Game at a Time

11678797_1464198620.3906Helping at-risk girls one basketball game at at time.  Great initiative right here in #Jacksonville.  [Tweet This]

 

Kimberly Atwater has taken huge steps to help and engage teenage girls in Jacksonville and Southeast Georgia.

Kim’s coaching job at Andrew Jackson High School inspired her to start a travel basketball team for at-risk girls, called the KA Lady Nightmares. Kim was pleasantly surprised to see her initial, small team grow into three separate teams. The responsibilities of team members go beyond their actions on the court, as members are required to maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher in school. Kim has seen the Lady Nightmares team improve immensely both on and off the court. Not only have the girls achieved a winning season, but also 90% of the team has maintained a 4.0 GPA! “I have seen the largest impact on their attitude and drive. Even without the support from home, these girls manage to come to school everyday to further their education and become something,”says Kim.

This incredible success does not come without many sacrifices from the coach. Kim has taken on the responsibility of paying for 70% of the team’s dues, as most girls do not have the means to travel and compete. She also carpools team members to and from southeast Georgia for practices! Despite this, Kim says, “It doesn’t look like a sacrifice to me because I enjoy seeing the girls improve, and I know it’s all worth it.” Donations will fund trips to nationals, and other large tournaments, and necessary equipment for the Lady Nightmares to keep on improving!

Please consider donating to this amazing cause! Click here to visit the KA Lady Nightmares’ GoFundMe Page.