Pro-USA, Inc., a US-based Liberian non-profit sports organization, has awarded $17,000 in scholarships to 10 minority youth associated with the Twin Stars Academy, a Minnesota sports center, a release issued to The Liberian Journal (TLJ) said.
Making the presentation at the academy on April 18, in Brooklyn Park, Minn., Duannah Siryon, the executive director of Pro-USA, said the financial contribution represents his organization’s commitment to helping provide assistance to “an incredibly creative group of young people”, who would not otherwise be able to participate in the sporting academy program, to fulfill their recreational and sporting goals.
The Pro-USA boss also thanked the beneficiaries and their parents for being part of the success story of the academy, admonishing the academy to do all it can to enhance the leadership skills of the scholarship recipients, whom he described as “leaders of the future.”
The scholarship program lasts for one year and is subject to renewal based on performance.
Receiving the scholarship on behalf of the academy, Peter Maracotta, a member of the school’s management team, commended Pro-USA and the Taishoff Family Foundation for investing in the lives of the recipients, “especially because the opportunities will empower and develop life-long leadership skills in these great kids.”
The scholarship, drawn from a grant from the Florida-based Taishoff Family Foundation, was made to Pro-USA in August of 2012, to support youth development in leadership and sports. In its recent quarterly board meeting, Pro-USA board approved the release of the funding to the selected youth.
is established to educate and empower youth through sports and support their positive relations through civic engagement, relevant social and recreational activities.
"In our core values, we believe in prioritizing youth, involving community participation, and integrating diversity and excellence”, said Siryon. “This is the fundamental principle that drives our efforts."