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Review for LADY COMETS, Titusville, FL, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

This organization came to my attention by the founder Dr. Bennie Shaw. Dr. Shaw's vision is to help at risk youths gain a college education through mentoring and athletics. Dr. Shaw is a Vice Principle at the Sebastion Middle School in Indian River County. He attended UCF and was recently inducted into the UCF Hall of Fame by his talents on the basketball court plus he was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Lady Comets have expanded from a single girls baskeball team in 2005 to a seven team boys and girls competative travel team. The pinnacle for the organization was when the 7th grade Lady Comets competed in North carolina and won the National USSSA Baskeball Championship.
All this effort requires money to rent the gyms, equipment and uniforms. Most of these children are from broken homes, have no help with school work and have never left Indian River County. Leaders of Indian River County have recognized Dr. Shaws efforts and have been contribitors to this youth building organization. So far todate this exposure has helped 7 individuals obtain partial or full college scholarships.

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How did you learn about this organization?

I learned of this organization from coaching recreational basketball within the Indian River County Recreation department in Vero Beach. I was approached by the founder Dr. Bennie Shaw and asked if I could help him.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To raise funds to rent the gymnasiums to ensure the youth have a place to hang out safely and do their homework.

What is its top priority in the long run?

The 5 year goal is to have our own facility.

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Role:  Board Member & I am on the Board of Directors as the Vice President and provide guidance of this Non-Profit organization. My main focus is Fund Raising for its continued operation. I also mentor young boys by helping with home work, providing rides to practice and tourn.