Posted February 14, 2023 in Press Releases


Programming to provide local youth with access to unique sporting experiences

CLEVELAND Greater Cleveland Sports Commission’s (GCSC) Youth Education through Sports (YES) program presented by The Sherwin-Williams Company and The MetroHealth System announces its 2023 community programming schedule including youth events held in conjunction with Nike North Coast Cup Volleyball, Dru Joyce Classic, GCSC’s Summer Golf Classic, as well as a six-week High School Career Exploration Program.

The following is a list of scheduled YES programs:

  • Nike North Coast Cup Volleyball & Life Skills Youth Clinic
    Friday, Feb. 17 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

    Michael Zone Recreation Center, 6301 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44102
    Approximately 65 youth, ages 10-16, from City of Cleveland Recreation Centers will be invited to attend a volleyball and life skills clinic as part of the Nike North Coast Cup Volleyball tournament taking place in Cleveland the same weekend. Attendees will be split into two age groups as Positive Coaching Alliance instructors and local coaches lead the clinic focused on on-court volleyball instruction, sport education as well as leadership and communication skills.

  • Dru Joyce Classic Basketball & Life Skills Youth Clinic
    Saturday, April 15 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Frederick Douglass Recreation Center, 15401 Miles Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44128
    100 local youth, ages 9-14, will be invited to attend a basketball and life skills clinic in conjunction with Dru Joyce Classic, a premier U.S. youth travel basketball tournament being held in Cleveland. Attendees will be split into two age groups and will participate in on-court instruction led by local basketball coaches. Additionally, sport education and lessons centered around how leadership and sportsmanship skills can translate to on-court success will be provided.
  • High School Career Exploration Program
    June 14–July 15
    City of Cleveland Recreation Centers
    Over the course of this 5-week program, 20 youth, ages 14-18, will be provided with hands-on learning opportunities to gain real-world insights about working in the sports and events industry. Participants will meet once per week with local sports professionals for educational lessons and activities focused on event operations, marketing, communications and sponsorships. Additionally, youth will be provided lessons on goal setting, interview skills, effective communication, and other resources to help prepare them for success in the future. For the final session, participants will be invited to attend a GCSC hosted event, Cleveland Beach Rugby 2023, to shadow professionals overseeing the event and implement the skills they learned over the course of the program.
  • Summer Golf Classic Youth Clinic
    Monday, Aug. 7
    Cleveland Metroparks Sleepy Hollow
    , 9445 Brecksville Road, OH 44141
    GCSC’s Summer Golf Classic will include YES programming to introduce youth to the sport of golf. Approximately 40 local youth, ages 10-15, will be invited to attend a golf clinic led by local expert instructors to learn basic golf skills as well as tips to further their growth within the sport. Additionally, attendees will participate in health and wellness activities centered around proper hydration, mental focus and strength.

All YES programming content and dates are subject to change.

YES programs are not open to the general public. Media interested in attending any of the above YES Programs, should RSVP to pr@clevelandsports.org.

YES provides Northeast Ohio’s under resourced youth with experiences that illustrate how sports empower and prepare people for success in life. These programs provide unique opportunities for physical activity and health and wellness education.

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About Greater Cleveland Sports Commission: Since 2000, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC) is responsible for attracting over 210 sporting events which provide more than $860 million in economic activity to Northeast Ohio. GCSC serves to measurably improve the economy of Greater Cleveland and enrich the community by attracting, creating, managing and enhancing significant sporting and competitive events. For more information, visit clevelandsports.org.

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