In the effort of creating a future led by leaders who are inspired by unity, equality & peaceful advancement for all humanity; there must be people dedicated today to implement such a mission… Rico’s Get Better Foundation is one leap in the direction towards a better world. Inspiring and connecting youth from all corners of the globe through the use of sports, education & community, Rico’s Get Better League for Mandela Day hosted in South Africa 2013 will be a paramount event of games that gathers youth from different backgrounds, cultures, gender and communities, using sports as the thread that binds unification. Rico Cabrera understands that in order to obtain a future world that is unified and peaceful you must nurture its future leaders (the youth) to befriend each other, know one another, collaborate with each other and grow together.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other” Mother Teresa.
The work, sacrifice, and selflessness of Rico Cabrera, Jr. as part of the Rico's Get Better Foundation cannot be entirely conveyed, summarized, or fully appreciated by words alone. However, his work within his foundation certainly rings true the famous words of Woodrow Wilson who said "there is no higher religion than human service...to work for the common good is the greatest creed." Young men and women are given an opportunity to broaden their minds and experience the world in a way that transcends just basketball. As exciting and invigorating as basketball is as a sport, Rico helps young people realize that it is, more importantly, a metaphor that teaches invaluable life lessons as they mature, become more educated, and learn more about the world we live in . These lessons are priceless and, at minimum, future generations can then embrace the "greatest creed" that Wilson alludes to.
I accidentally found the Rico's Get Better League while looking for basketball related articles. That accident became a blessing, after talking to Rico Cabera my son and I were invited to the parent orientation. My son Spencer was invited to play in the league. The week of academic and athletic instruction was was invaluable. The professionalism of the staff, coaches and guest speakers was tremendous. This league is what it should be, enriching the players. Many parents whose children have played sports are tired of the hustlers and superstars, this league was about hard work in the classroom and on the court. The student ahtletes that particpated in this league have enriched their lives. My son was a beneficiary and I became a supporter. Our inner cities need more leagues like this.
Rico's Get Better Foundation emphasizes education for today's youth while also providing a fun outlet with sports. I've known Rico for over 18 years, I played against him in youth sports leagues, I've seen him grow into a passionate adult who inspires positive change for the youth of Los Angeles. What I really love about Rico's Get Better Foundation is they allow kids to follow their athletic dreams while instilling an overall lesson that knowledge is the real-game changer. Kids who immerse themselves in school will have an advantage for achieving their dream career, no matter what field they choose. Sports is about having fun, but it's also competitive; Rico teaches kids that education is fun too and very competitive. Rico also grasps the changing environment in terms of technology and social media because that's how kids are today - they are online 24/7. Rico has built his own true Social Network of athletes, actors, teachers, coaches that he is dialed into to help his cause. I'm very proud to see a friend from Los Angeles making such a difference in our hometown. Rico's foundation is a fantastic concept for generating a cultural change in how any city or town views education and the role of youth sports. I highly recommend city leaders, high school coaches, school board members - anyone interested in social change for today's youth - to meet with Rico and run his playbook.
I have watched Rico's foundation grow over the years. His commitment is unquestionable. Each year I watch the players sharpen their skills and more importantly develop basketball intelligence. Kudos!
Rico's Get Better Foundation is an absolute sure fire way to make a young man a more confident basketball player and person. As an alumnus of Rico's Get Better League, I can say from personal experience that the opportunity and arena the Foundation gave me to work on and improve my skills was instrumental in building up to my current success. Right now I'm playing basketball professionally overseas in Israel, but before my senior year in college, I barely saw any playing time. I have no doubt that my summer experience competing in Rico's Bet Better League a couple of years earlier mad me a much stronger and more assertive basketball player.
While Rico helped me improve on the court, the Foundation's reach and influence goes way beyond athletic accomplishments. Sports is simply one of many vehicles the Foundation uses to create new and exciting educational opportunities for young students. I give Rico's Get Better Foundation my full endorsement and am looking forward to seeing its continued growth.