Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Rising Stars Youth Foundation: Remembering Friends

Paul Savramis
Rising Stars Youth Foundation is sad to announce the passing of high school prospecting scout Tom Konchalski and also of Nick Gimpel, uncle of RSYF Executive Director Dan Gimpel. Here, the organization reflects on the lives of two longtime friends. 
 
Q: Who is Tom Konchalski? 
 
RSYF: Tom was a prolific figure in the world of high school basketball. For more than four decades, he was one of the most notable high school basketball scouts in the US. He also ran the Basketball Insider Report since shortly after beginning his career. Tom also served as the owner and lead of the Five-Star Basketball Camp, which was attended by Stephen Curry, Patrick Ewing, Michael Jordan, and other basketball greats in high school. 
 
Q: What stands out about Mr. Konchalski’s career? 
 
RSYF: One of the things that stands out the most was that the Basketball Insider Report was actually written on a typewriter and then copied and mailed out 16 times every year. There were more than 200 college coaches that relied on Tom’s knowledge and intuition of high school basketball players. Tom was affectionately called “The Glider” for his ability to move in and out of games unnoticed, despite his high-profile position. 
 
Q: How will RSYF remember Nick Gimpel? 
 
RSYF: Nick, who is Executive Director Dan Gimpel’s uncle, influenced Dan to go to college and play basketball. Coincidentally, he and Tom were also the closest of friends and attended Archbishop Molly together. They shared an innate fondness for NYC basketball. Dan has many of his own fond memories having the two be his biggest fans throughout his professional career. Nick and Dan were often spotted at Rising Stars functions together. 
 
Q: How did Nick Gimpel influence Dan? 
 
RSYF: Dan has often said that his uncle Nick actually didn’t play basketball in high school. He did, however, encourage Dan to grab a ball and enroll at Georgia. Dan often says that his uncle Nick was instrumental in helping him define his core beliefs and, as such, molding the core of the Rising Stars Youth Foundation. 
 
The entire RSYF family is deeply saddened by the loss of both Tom Konchalski and Nick Gimpel. These two men were and remain important to the organization as a whole and their legacy lives on.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Paul Savramis Congratulates Scholar Athletes

Paul Savramis
Carlos Urena, Ninth grade, of Corona, attends Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School.

Rising Stars Youth Foundation founder Paul Savramis recently announced that his organization had awarded six scholarships to student athletes. These six academically and athletically talented students were given scholarships to attend high school at prestigious academies throughout New York City. 
 
According to Paul Savramis, Darren Marchong, Carlos Urena, Dennis Inga, Tyler Michel, Jonathan Medley, and Hayden Cutile will attend Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School, St. Francis Preparatory High School, and Archbishop Molloy High School. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Paul Savramis On RSYF Learning Pods, “We Need To Stimulate Our Kids.”

Paul Savramis
Rising Stars Youth Foundation has always been innovative in the way it supplements its student-athletes’ lives. According to founder Paul Savramis, when the pandemic hit, the staff sprung into action. Starting in mid-September, RSYF launched six pandemic learning pods. With 75 students, these remote educational portals have a lot to offer. 
 
Paul Savramis says that there are six pandemic learning pods spread throughout the area. He explains that these are just one way that Rising Stars has been able to bridge families and community schools to athletics so that all three can work together for the betterment of the student-athletes. 
 
The pods, which cater to students from grades four through nine, are just one way that Paul Savramis says his organization continues to care for its families. The pods have now become a welcome and expected part of the lives of many RS families, and they are helping to continue reinforcing the positive lessons learned both on and off the court.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Paul Savramis On Forestdale Partnership

Paul Savramis

According to Paul Savramis, few things are as gratifying as being able to serve those children and families that have historically gone underserved. His foundation, Rising Stars Youth Foundation, has been doing that for more than 30 years. Recently, RSYF teamed up with Forestdale to do even more good within their local community.

Paul Savramis says that Forestdale works to assist foster children. He explains that their model is set up much like that of Rising Stars Youth Foundation and that they believe it takes a village to raise a child. Forestdale, like RSYF, works to help combat everything from bullying to promiscuity. Recently, Paul Savramis was contacted by representatives from Forestdale to see how basketball could play a part in the healing process for the children it supports.

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

Paul Savramis
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.