"The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a person’s determination." Anonymous
What STUDENTS are saying: "I came to the program to learn how to play sports and it has helped me to become confident in myself.” - Jonathan Fores 6th grade student
What PARENTS are saying: "We just wanted to say thank you for giving back to the community. Our son is going to The Skills Center Summer Sports Camp and he is not only enjoying the experience, but he is also learning a lot. We can tell that the Instructors/Coaches are really teaching these children. I know this because everyday our son has a story to tell or a demonstration to show us. Thanks again, and I pray that this organization continue to be blessed. You are doing a great job!" - Melinda and Eugene Welch
What PARENTS are saying: "The Skills Center Jr Magic Basketball League is different than any other league my son has played in, from the first day I could see what my son had learned. " - Miguel Davila
What PARENTS are saying: "Wanted to tell you that we are so happy with our experience with the skills center so far. Nicholas has great things to say about Coach Marlin and is already learning a lot! In fact his exact words were " I really like my coach" and that was impressive for a boy of few words!!"- Kris Goodger
What TEACHERS are saying: "I am writing to express just how impressed I was with the summer sports program offered by Chris Ward with the Skills Center held at Shields Middle School. As a teacher at Title I schools for six years, I have seen firsthand the sad plight so many of my male students face… However, what I witnessed during the summer program gives me hope that there is another was to reach these young men. I witnessed young boys show up every day for the Skills Center program eager, not only to play basketball or soccer, but to soak up the words of wisdom and advice Chris Ward had to offer them. I watched as the boys eagerly stood in the hot courtyard to apply the Pythagorean Theorem by measuring the height of their shadows. I have never seen a program that reached the students as The Skill Center did…this is a life changing opportunity for students." - Pamela Korzep . Shields Middle School . Reading Instructor
What our PARTNERS are saying: "Now that the summer is over and I have a moment, I would like to express how impressed and pleased I was with working with the team at the Skills Center. This is my second year working with the Skills Center and each year has proven to be a rewarding experience for the students and myself. The staff is extremely professional, courteous and knowledgeable.
The students looked forward to them coming daily and were eager to be a part of the Academic, Athletic and Life Skills activities and discussions. The students were engaged and excited to have an opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills and share prior knowledge and experiences with their peers. The Skills Center staff focused on developing life skills on Character, Determination, Discipline, Commitment and Sportsmanship.
The games they played, movies observed and discussions were all designed to help students develop and manage skills in the classroom as well as life situations.
Thank you again for allowing this great organization to be a part of the HOST summer experience!! I would love to have them as a part of HOST during the school year if that was at all possible." - Debra A. Collins . HOST Lead
Phone: 813 - 703 - 1324
The Skills Center
5470 E. Busch Blvd #132
Tampa, FL 33617
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