Who We Are
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.
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.
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.
The Let’s Give Them a Shot Coaches and Staff Members all subscribe to the belief that teaching the fundamentals of each sport enriches children at all levels, ages and skills.
These are things that last beyond the end of the game – and linking these experiences on the field to bigger life lessons is a great opportunity to set the stage for how your child relates to athletics throughout their life. Why not make it positive?
The Community We Serve
Researchers believe that 35% of children in Los Angeles County will live in impoverished households in 2010.
Aware of the overwhelming negative influences facing underprivileged children in Los Angeles, Derek Locklear decided he must provide at-risk youth with alternatives to unhealthy behaviors; offering hope and a positive alternative to alienation, depression, gangs & crime. Through this coaching and exposure to the “Coach Derek way” he was confident he could be a positive influence in these children’s lives.
Sports as a Vehicle
Let’s Give Them a Shot uses sports, competition and positive reinforcement as a vehicle to teach valuable life lessons and basic values such as self-esteem, compassion, teamwork and community.
Combating the Myths
- Myth: There is nothing you can do to prevent youth crime.
- Myth: Just keeping kids in at night would take care of most crime & violence.
- Myth: Children are more at risk of being victims of violence in schools than at home.
- Myth: The epidemic of violent behavior by youth that marked the early 1990's is over.
- Myth: African American and Hispanic youths are more likely to become involved in violence than other racial or ethnic groups.
- Myth: Very few children die by suicide.
The facts do not match the myths. This population may be without hope until someone interrupts the cycle of despair.
How To Help
CDI Discipline Policy
Using Consequences As A Teaching Tool (Download PDF )