Progression Athletics International(PAI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The specific purpose of this organization is to positively influence at-risk youth around the world by teaching life skills, leadership, the importance of education, healthy lifestyle choices and cultural diversity through athletics, education and relief.
Athletics has historically played a role in all societies dating back to 1,000 B.C. Sports are a universal language no matter your age, gender or ethnicity. In recent decades athletics have been used as a low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development, and peace-building efforts.
Athletics have the unique power to attract, mobilize, and inspire. Sports are about participation which helps to influence the individuals involved. If there is no participation in a sport, the sport is then not possible and nothing can be accomplished. In order for a sport to be a success, multiple participants have to have the same vision to compete for. It stands for human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness.
Athletics are a mirror image of society and at times can be just as complex. Sports are not the cure-all for development and social problems kids face in life. In order to enable a sport to flourish and allow its full positive potential, emphasis must be placed on effective mentoring, coaching and guidance from the volunteers. This is where Progression Athletics International comes into the picture.