Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Paul Savramis Congratulates Ebony Young

Paul Savramis
Paul Savramis, founder of the Rising Stars Youth Foundation, is pleased to announce that his friend, Ebony Young, is running for NYC District 26 Council member.  
 
Ebony has lived in the Woodside Queens area for the last decade and has raised her daughters here. She has proudly served her community as a nonprofit leader and social responsibility executive throughout Long Island. According to Paul Savramis, Ebony Young has a long-running relationship with Rising Stars. 
 
Paul Savramis says that Ebony Young was who he reached out to in the early days of his organization’s structure. Together, Savramis and Young forged a partnership with the Long Island city YMCA, where Ebony served as director. Her vision led to profound and lasting changes in the lives of the underserved children she chose to serve in those early days. 
 
Paul Savramis explains that Ebony Young worked with Rising Stars as well as other community leaders to develop a tutoring program for Rising Stars participants. Those students already enrolled in the program saw dramatically improved grades and, thus, greater opportunities in high school and college. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Paul Savramis: Cheers To 25 Years


 Rising Stars Reflect on their Personal Growth

According to Rising Stars Youth Foundation founder Paul Savramis, his nonprofit organization turns 25 in 2021. Here, the basketball maven and child advocate touches on a few key bits of information that have impacted rising stars over the last 2 ½ decades.   

Q: How did Rising Stars come up with the core values of Play, Learn, and Grow? 
 
Paul Savramis: Our Play, Learn, Grow value system stems from Nike’s PLAY Foundation. This was an initiative that was popular in the mid-90s. Nike fashioned a Peace Corps for sports, and corp members coached underserved children in different athletic disciplines. Such an innovative program and was a huge inspiration for Rising Stars. 

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.