Paul Savramis has been teaching children on and off the court for more than three decades. During that time, he’s picked up quite a few pointers on how, exactly, to encourage today’s youth to be more and do more for themselves and their communities. Here, the founder of Rising Stars Youth Foundation shares insights.
Q: What makes a student-athlete a Rising Star?
Paul Savramis: A Rising Star is someone who wants to be better for himself, his family, and his community. These are healthy and confident children who work hard every day to improve from the inside out. Our Rising Stars are those who put in the hard work both on and off the court and maintain a positive attitude.
Q: What are some things that a student-athlete can do to improve their community?
Paul Savramis: Community service and social accountability are important for the Rising Stars Youth Foundation. We often host events so that our children can participate in everything from fundraising opportunities to meal packing evenings for those less fortunate.
Q: Why is incorporating education, playtime, and personal growth into a child’s daily schedule important?
Paul Savramis: Each of these activities helps the child to become a responsible and productive adult. When they have an opportunity to learn, play, and grow, they get to experience all that childhood has to offer.
Q: Out of these three aspects of childhood, which is most important?
Paul Savramis: I would give equal weight to all of them. Our student-athletes are motivated, coordinated, and believe in doing their best whether they’re playing basketball or practicing a new hobby. Take one of these away and the other two will not provide for their needs as they mature into adults.