Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Paul Savramis: RSYF Maintains Valuable Partnership with YMCA

Paul Savramis
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

Paul Savramis

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

Paul Savramis
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%.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Paul Savramis Praises his choice of Passing Rising Stars Leadership Torch To Dan Gimpel

In 2017, Rising Stars celebrated its 20th anniversary. Foremost among the festivities was a “coming of age party” to celebrate Rising Stars Executive Director Dan Gimpel’s assuming the organization's day to day leadership duties. Here, Rising Stars founder and President Paul Savramis opens up about his pride at seeing his former student take over the reins.

Q: How long has Dan Gimpel been a part of the Rising Stars’ family?

Paul Savramis: Dan has been a part of the Rising Stars family at just about every level beginning as a student athlete and playing on our national teams. He has worked with us in his current role of Executive Director for the last 10 years. Ten years prior to that, he was Rising Stars' director of outreach and basketball development. I’ve seen him grow over the past decade and develop into a experienced leader and mentor for the countless boys and girls he has helped throughout the years.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Rising Stars Founder Paul Savramis talks about the organization's most recent partnership with the Greater South Bay YMCA

Paul Savramis
Paul Savramis, founder of Rising Stars Youth Foundation, recently announced his organization had formed an alliance and partnership with the Greater South Bay YMCA to benefit at risk and underserved youth. The collaboration between the two brings a wealth of resources for the area’s most vulnerable residents. Here, Savramis offers a few details in the following Q&A.

Q: What ages does the new Greater South Bay area outreach program serve?

Paul Savramis: Like our existing Rising Stars Academic + initiatives, this is geared toward 6th graders getting into and throughout high school. The boys and girls of Brentwood, Bay Shore, and the surrounding Greater South Bay areas will have access to Rising Stars’ teams as well as yearly basketball camps and clinics.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Paul Savramis: Rising Stars Alumni Don’t Forget Where They Come From

Paul Savramis
Rising Stars is a national youth foundation that utilizes basketball to promote education. Each young man and woman who has played on a Rising Stars team is a personal testament to the strength and dedication of the coaches and the integrity of this program, asserts Paul Savramis, founder of Rising Stars Inc.

According to Paul Savramis, many of Rising Stars’ former players have gone on to play basketball or other sports at the college level.

Jay Williams was a product of the Rising Stars youth foundation since 5th grade. Williams, considered one of the most prolific college basketball players in history, and who later went on to play for the Chicago Bulls, credits the program for helping him stay on course.