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Youth sports programs are often the backbone of our neighborhoods, providing a safe haven for children to learn, grow, and develop lifelong skills. The coaches who dedicate their time and energy to these programs are the unsung heroes of our communities. However, due to lack of operating funds, many youth sports programs are barely able to survive. That’s where ACE comes in. Through our fundraising efforts and committed community partners, we support these programs and ensure that they remain accessible to the children who need them most.

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"My high school AAU program gave me the training, discipline, support and exposure I needed to receive a full athletic scholarship to Northwestern University. Unfortunately many student-athletes miss these opportunities because they can't afford AAU tuition, fees and travel." 

Danyelle Williams

Coach and Player


ACE (Athletes For Competitive Equity 501 C-3) was created to even the playing field, providing young athletes in the inner city with the same opportunities as those in more affluent areas.  Many suburban youth sports programs have access to ample funding, while inner city programs often struggle financially. This creates an unfair playing field for young athletes, limiting their potential and affecting their chances of success. At ACE, we believe that all children should have equal access to the resources and support they need to excel in their chosen sport. Our goal is to bridge the gap between inner city and affluent sports programs, providing funding and support to those who need it most.

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