Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Paul Savramis | Summer Camps 2019

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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

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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.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Paul Savramis Reflects on Rising Stars Under Armour Branding in 2019 and a New Partnership with a Major Brand in Basketball

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January 2019 Rising Stars founder Paul Savramis announced that the Rising Stars Youth Foundation’s basketball programs were invited to represent the Under Armour brand in New York and participate in its up-and-coming basketball tournament circuits for teams from the eighth grade through high school. Here, the youth organization’s founder answers a few questions about the opportunity.

Q: What is the Under Armour Circuit and why is it important?

Paul Savramis: Under Armour is famous for its athletic wear and shoes, and is one of the leading manufacturers of team uniforms in the world. Like Nike and Adidas it competes for the ever growing market of youth basketball. These sneaker circuits are now considered a must for all the top teams to be invited to and are a focal point for college coaches to see and evaluate Players.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Paul Savramis: RSYF Maintains Valuable Partnership with YMCA

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There is an old saying that "It takes a village to raise a child." Paul Savramis knows that this sentiment holds true in all parts of the country, but even more so in areas ripe with poverty and gang violence. His organization, Rising Stars Youth Foundation, has established a partnership with the Long Island YMCA in an effort to increase the villages of at-risk children in the area.

Q: Why does it make sense to partner with the YMCA?

Paul Savramis: The Rising Stars Youth Foundation works off the principal of giving each child a opportunity to Play, Learn, and Grow. What this means is that we want our students to develop and grow through the power of teams and through positive social interactions in a healthy and safe environment. The YMCA has long expressed very similar goals.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Paul Savramis: RSYF First Grassroots Tournament Binds Core Principles Together

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Rising Stars’ inaugural outreach tournament on October 28, 2018, was a resounding success both on and off the court. According to founder Paul Savramis, the tournament combined every component of Rising Stars: Education, Academics, and Community.

Paul Savramis claims Rising Stars’ staff has been working for three years to develop new programs for area youth. The grassroots program initiative offers basketball teams, leagues, and camps at no charge for NY’s most underserved and at-risk students.

According to Paul Savramis, areas served include Brentwood, Islip, Great South Bay, Patchogue, Saint Alban's, and Long Island City. Children are enrolled in Rising Star at a young age and given the opportunity to do everything that all Rising Stars teams are able to do including summer camps at no charge.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Paul Savramis on “IRS” Day at Rising Stars Youth Foundation

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April 15 may have been Tax Day but the student athlete of the Rising Stars Youth Foundation had another kind of IRS mind, says Paul Savramis.

Sunday, April 15, 2018, was a special day for the students of the Rising Stars Youth Foundation, says founder Paul Savramis. On this day, nearly three dozen student athletes offered their collective volunteer power to pack food for more than 500 hungry children. The students call these volunteer events In Real Service, or IRS.

According to Paul Savramis, this was the eighth consecutive year that Long Island Lutheran High School sponsored the meal packing event, which had children filling more than 300,000 food packets to be shipped globally and distributed to children here at home. 306,922 meals were packaged and sent to the Andrew Grene School in Haiti and various food pantries in and around Long Island.

Long Island Lutheran has, to date, raised more than $72,000 to help battle food insecurity. Paul Savramis explains that in addition to money, goods and services have been provided by Liberty Coca-Cola, numerous church and community organizations, and several private donors from the area. As a community event, Paul Savramis explains that the act of packing food not only increases awareness of hunger as a global problem, but also brings students together to serve a greater good.

Learning experience gained through volunteerism helps children grow into responsible global citizens, asserts Paul Savramis. The Rising Stars Youth Foundation is known primarily as a basketball program but athletics is secondary to academic and social responsibility. Students on any of the organization’s teams are required to complete a set number of community service hours each month and maintain their grades and behavior at school and home.

For more information on upcoming meal packing events at LuHi, visit LongIslandLutheran.org.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Paul Savramis | Rising Stars Shine Bright

Basketball means much more than just fun and games to Rising Stars student athletes. For many, it is a means of  “Rising” above and having an opportunity to channel their energy into a productive and positive experience. Here, Rising Stars founder and former Executive Director Paul Savramis sheds light on one of the ways the organization works as a team to help foster the growth of some of its brightest stars.

Q: In previous interviews you have stressed how much Rising Stars student-athletes do, both on and off the court. What does Rising Stars try to do for its seniors after years of playing for your teams and doing community service?

Paul Savramis: Every year we look at our teams and begin to prepare them all for the college application process and help to guide them along the way. Rising Stars measures their success by how many of its seniors go on to college.That measure does not necessarily mean they go on to play college basketball. It does mean they are ready for college issue-free and prepared for what lies ahead. Rising Stars' mission is to see improvement on the horrific stats nation wide that measure that same goal. I am proud to say to date we are over 90% vs national averages of under 50%.