Our mission Statement
Our mission at Metro Youth Sports is to provide central city youth with guidance toward fulfillment of their potential through organized volunteer, supervised academic/sports programs that offer constructive use of leisure time while enhancing personal, social and educational development.
Who We Serve
Metro Youth Sports serves male and female youth ages 7 to 12 years of age. 90% of our clients reside in Wayne Township, 67% of all low-income families in Allen County reside in Wayne Township.
Serving Disadvantaged Youth
At Metro Youth Sports, we strive to put the appropriate focus on sports and encourage youth to be successful in all aspects of their life. We do so by:
- Giving youth the opportunity to participate in sports where the focus is not solely on winning, but how the game is played.
- Giving youth the guidance and support necessary, not only to make academics a priority, but to be successful in this area also.
- Giving youth, who otherwise may not have this opportunity, time with positive role models and mentors from our community.
For more than 40 years, Metro Youth Sports has been providing Fort Wayne youth the opportunity to participate in organized athletic activities. Our organization was developed in 1971 in response to a need within our inner-city community. While there was a youth sports league in Fort Wayne at this time, its focus was not on embracing the disadvantaged youth residing in central Fort Wayne. Consequently, Metro Youth Sports was developed to fill this need, and has continued to be a presence in central Fort Wayne.
Metro Youth Sports programming includes a football and basketball league, also a cheerleading squad as well as a dance group with more than 1,000 students participating. Participants practice daily after school, and games are played on the weekends. All coaches are volunteers and undergo comprehensive training in order to participate in our programs. Our organization has collaborated in mentoring programs with Fort Wayne Community Schools in which players who were academically challenged, were paired with a mentor. Over 200 volunteers support our program.