The Friends of Emery Heights was created in 2004 by seven members of the Emery Heights Community to provide sports and mentorship opportunities for at-risk youth in our community. We are a nonprofit, Section 501(c)(3), organization. Our sports coaches and volunteers are dedicated to keeping our youth out of trouble through sports.
We also support our community by holding backpack drives and turkey drives for Thanksgiving and by hosting an annual Mother’s Day Brunch and Christmas brunch for Santa.
We want Emery Heights to be a better place for everyone who lives here.
The Friends of Emery offers sports programs for children (ages 5-12) and teens (ages 13-18) in a supportive environment where they can develop and improve their athletic and social skills and establish meaningful relationships with our coaches, volunteers, and each other. Our aim is to build their confidence and self-esteem through sports in a fun, safe, and welcoming environment.
Our team sports include football and basketball teams, including competitive AAU teams (Emery Elite), baseball, boxing, and cheerleading. We play intramural sports and compete in local and national tournaments. Our coaches and volunteers help our youth learn the fundamentals and hone their skills. We teach our children and teens how to be “good sports,” “team players,” and leaders. Our coaches and volunteers are role models and mentors for our youth.
The Friends of Emery is committed to serving our youth by promoting positive behaviors and attitudes through the development of productive relationships with dedicated role models and mentors.
We use sports as an intervention vehicle to redirect aggressive and non‐productive behaviors in youth ages 5 –18 and to help them to build their confidence and self-esteem and to improve their relationships.
Our goal is to teach our youth to respect themselves and others. Our youth learn sports fundamentals and skills, teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship, and leadership on and off the field.