From a Dream
Derek Locklear, owner of Coach Derek Inc., founded Let’s Give Them a Shot with the vision of creating a program that would serve underprivileged children in at-risk neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area.
Due to low resources and limited funds, this at-risk population is missing what every child deserves; the opportunity to learn and play with quality instruction and equipment.
A study reported in the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport finds that disadvantaged children may fall short in basic motor skills: "The vast majority of underprivileged preschoolers who were tested scored below the 30th percentile of children across the U.S... That ranking is considered developmentally disabled."
Being the Best They Can Be
Throughout the Let’s Give Them A Shot program, children learn sports skills, game rules, and life lessons such as teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership, as well as being the best they can be individually and collectively.
Young people who succumb to risk factors are often unable to find a helping hand; are without a caring adult who can offer a positive alternative. Let’s Give Them A Shot offers positive, non-competitive sports instruction within the at-risk community.
Let's Give Them a Shot
Let's Give Them a Shot is a non-profit organization that helps kids get the sports instruction they need regardless of whether or not they can afford it. Derek Locklear's goal is to teach and reach as many children as he can through sports programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body.
Alpha Leadership Academy
Afterschool Programming for At Risk Elementary Schools
- Alpha Leadership Academy tests Reading and Math skills early and often, instilling a program that keeps our kids on track.
- Improving the Parent-Child Relationship
- Alpha Leadership Academy uses uplifting, positive talk with students in our program.
- Engaging whole families encourages positive behavior both in and out of school settings.
This Is Let's Give Them A Shot
When Derek Locklear lost his dream of being a pro athlete, he gained a new opportunity. His nonprofit now brings free sports to underprivileged children.
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LGTS New Sponsor
We are proud to announce Wells Fargo as a sponsor to and
for Lets Give Them A Shot!
LGTS at the
Rod Dedeaux Foundation Ceremony
(Left to Right) LGTS Assistant Program Director Patrick Fusaro, Founder Coach Derek, Chairman of the Board Bill Bergstrom
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How We Help...
We bring fundamental sports instruction in Basketball, Soccer and Baseball to children age 5-12 in areas where children would otherwise not have the means to participate.
We use athletics as a vehicle to give young people a stronger sense of self-esteem and provide lessons about sportsmanship and interacting with others that last far beyond their time on the field or court.
We currently offer two different ways to donate to Let’s Give Them A Shot.
Find out what some of the key people involved in Let’s Give Them a Shot have to say about the LGTS program.
Our Annual Poker Tournament & Silent Auction Fundraiser was a huge success for underprivileged kids served by Let’s Give Them a Shot. LGTS Fundraisers