Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Paul Savramis | What’s New At Rising Stars Youth Foundation

Paul Savramis
Despite the lingering pandemic, Rising Stars Youth Foundation continues to push on. According to Paul Savramis, the nonprofit’s students, staff, and parents continue to do what they can to keep life as normal as possible. Here are a few things that have been going on behind the scenes that give us a glimmer of hope for the future ahead.

Summer boys program

According to Paul Savramis, training has not taken a backseat due to the coronavirus. The boys summer programs are strong, with a few already having taken place and others scheduled for late in August. Ranging from $140-$395, the Rising Stars boys summer programs are an excellent opportunity for kids to get out on the court.

Girls teams

Paul Savramis says the boys are not the only ones that have gotten back to the court. The girls skills academy took place between July 27 and July 30 at Long Beach High School and catered to our student athletes in the 3rd through 9th grade. Starting on August 10, the girls summer camp at St. Paul’s recreation complex will offer further opportunities for girls in the same grades.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Paul Savramis: Trust The Process

Paul Savramis
Paul Savramis has spent the last three decades creating an organization that helps link aspiring athletes to college scholarships and professional basketball opportunities. Recently, one of his most promising players received a scholarship to Stanford, despite originally heading in a different direction. He did this amid the coronavirus pandemic. Savramis opens up about the talented Michael O’Connell below.

Q: Who is Michael O’Connell?

Paul Savramis: Michael is one of our student-athletes. He first came to Rising Stars as a fifth grade boy, and it was soon obvious that the young man was a force to be reckoned with. He was a varsity basketball player in high school and also played lacrosse and football.

Q: Which one of the sports is his favorite?

Paul Savramis: Michael enjoys everything about all three. He originally was offered a scholarship to Maryland for the lacrosse team. This athletic scholarship was accompanied by a National Letter of Intent. Michael was, of course, excited and felt that lacrosse was the best choice of sports to pursue. Michael’s brother Thomas also played for Maryland and was a 2017 National Championship Winner.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Paul Savramis: The Hidden Impact of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 virus has spread to the US like wildfire through a dry brush field. Unfortunately, as Paul Savramis explains in the following brief Q and A, it has similarly left behind a path of destruction for the world to see. There are also hidden impacts of the coronavirus, such as how it has changed the lives of the student athletes of the Rising Stars Youth Foundation.

Q: What has been the greatest impact of the coronavirus on Rising Stars Youth Foundation?

Paul Savramis: The most obvious is that we’ve had to shut our doors and suspend all basketball and tutoring programs. Each of these requires both contact and close quarters, which spread the virus. Unfortunately, the implications of these closures go well beyond missed basketball and educational opportunities.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Paul Savramis | The World Has Changed and So Has RSYF

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The world has changed. The arrival of the Covid-19 virus has made everyone take pause and rethink the way we live, says Paul Savramis. But that does not mean that we can stop doing what we do, especially when RSYF has such an important mission.

According to Paul Savramis, all sports activities in New York have been indefinitely canceled. And with schools and gymnasiums closed, young learners don’t have access to training and tutoring. However, Rising Stars Youth Foundation is working diligently to ensure that student scholars have resources to keep their minds and bodies active and engaged.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Paul Savramis: While Much Has Changed, Many Things Never Do

The 2010s were exciting for Rising Stars Youth Foundation, says founder Paul Savramis. Not only did his organization undergo a name change to better reflect its mission, but also grew into a huge family. But that doesn’t mean there weren't any bumps along the road. Here, Savramis remembers a few of the most prolific events that shaped the past decade.

Q: What was the most challenging part of the 2010s?

Paul Savramis: The loss of two of our original founding fathers, Tyrone Green and Tunney Maher. Each of these men was there with me right from the beginning, and we continue to honor their time and service today. I know they are looking down on us with a great big smile on their faces.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Paul Savramis | Summer Camps 2019

Paul Savramis
Paul Savramis, founder of Rising Stars Youth Foundation, says the greatest joy of his career is watching boys and girls succeed on the court. He says this is not so much about scoring points but about watching them realize they can conquer both basketball and life. Summer basketball camps allow this to happen and serve as a boost before going back to school.

In 2019, Rising Stars held many basketball programs. Two that stand out to Paul Savramis are the Twilight Camp at Long Island Lutheran High School and the Long Beach High School Basketball Camp, which was the first of many to come.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Paul Savramis Reports RSYF Summer News

Paul Savramis
Paul Savramis prepares for summer’s end by reflecting on the previous several weeks in the following QA.

Q: What were some of the more significant moments that took place at Rising Stars Youth Foundation this summer?

Paul Savramis: Well, I think all of our moments are significant but two that stand out at the moment are the participation in Kidsday and the awesome graduation season!

Q: Tell us about Kidsday…

Paul Savramis: Kidsday, which is a division of the publication Newsday, hosted an event in June. We were fortunate enough to have a handful of student-athletes attend. During the event, our boys and girls had a chance to meet and interview Murr of the television series Impractical Jokers. Not only did they get to meet him but they also were able to script their own questions and engage in a lengthy dialog. We plan to publish their interview very soon.