To improve health and wellness for all Oklahomans through sports and recreational activities and programs for underserved, disabled and marginalized youth populations.
- Access Sports was started to help disadvantaged youth in Oklahoma play basketball. Many of Oklahoma’s most promising young people don’t play sports because they cannot afford to pay to play in organized sports activities, especially youth basketball. Our mission has evolved and expanded to include helping more under-served populations—those with physical, mental or emotional challenges. We figure out ways to help financially disadvantaged kids and kids with physical, mental or emotional challenges participate in leagues, practices and receive coaching from seasoned men and women who share our values.
We believe the true merit of competition has nothing to do with how high one can jump or how many touchdowns one makes but in the everyday life values such as honesty, sportsmanship and learning that competition teaches one to win and lose with an attitude of graciousness, composure and spirit of the competition.
All sports activities teach that you are going to be knocked down. We want the kiddos we help to know that getting up and back in the game is more important than winning. We believe that staying in the game is the measuring stick for perseverance and perseverance is a cornerstone for success, no matter where you are on the social ladder, the winner’s stand or whether you are mentally or physically challenged. We are more interested in 5-17 year old kids losing and learning than winning.
We believe our vision of teaching from losing is more important than celebrating for winning.
The importance of a competition is not based on having more or less points than the other team at 6 or 15 years old, but in the knowledge a coach or a parent or a mentor can provide to a young person by showing how to assess performance and improve enough to win next time.
Winning is easy. Understanding how to learn from losing is hard because it takes time to evaluate, teach, explain and then expect results.
We want to teach that life lessons include learning how to adapt after losing, persevering and winning the next time by not making the same mistakes again.