Starfinder Recognized for High Quality, Data Driven Program by Up2Us Sports

February 14, 2017

Up2Us Coach host sites participate in data collection to measure the benefits of a coach trained in Sports Based Youth Development for youth health and life skills. Data collection includes youth fitness tests (the PACER) and youth surveys measuring the High Impact Attributes, a group of positive attributes connected to the sport experience and to positive life outcomes.  Starfinder has been recognized by Up2Us Sports as a host site that has collected high quality data and that is achieving great results for their youth!

Starfinder Foundation is based in Philadelphia and has hosted coaches through Up2Us Sports since 2014.  Starfinder has also hosted an AmeriCorps VISTA and has been active in many Up2Us Sports trainings since 2014.  During the 2015-2016 program year, youth participants who worked with Up2Us Sports coaches had the following results:

  • 86% of participants improved on the PACER
  • The average PACER score improved by 14 laps
  • At the end of the program, 85% of participants were in the Healthy Fitness Zone compared to 64% at the start of the program
  • 87% of youth improved in one or more positive attribute
  • 94% of participants report that they trust their coach
  • 93% of participants report that their coach is a good role model
  • 98% of participants report that the program helps them to be healthy
  • 95% of participants report that the things they learned in the program will help them in their lives