Sports for Social Change


Did You Know...

40% of youth in Ward 7 are living in poverty
37% of students across the US are prepared for college
4% of DC youth programs take place in Ward 7

Giving Tuesday

December 1, 2020

We are raising money to provide book scholarships and paid internships for our youth.


Virtual Hoop Challenge

Participate in our virtual slam dunk and trick shot contest. If you submitted video makes the Top 10, you will be invited to join our livestream event In March 2021.

Student Application

If you are a young person, and you are seeking a tutor or mentor, please complete the SOUL Student Intake form. We will respond to your request within 24 hours.

Age 14-19

Age 12-14

Prioritizing Life Skills As We Return to Play

Events of the past few months have brought high anxiety, grief and trauma for kids and families. As we return to play, what actions can we take to ensure that life skills and mental health are central to kids’ sports experiences? What role can adults play in shaping these experiences?

Connecting in a time of disconnect.

The Washington Post wrote an article on Donald Curtis and SOUL’s mission to supporting youth through COVID-19. The article was written by Sports Writer Ken Babb. This article was featured on the front page of the Sunday Sports page (5/31/2020).

SOUL COVID-19 Resource Center

We are committed to connecting our community to resources that enrich lives during this time.

What We Do?

SOUL partners with high schools in DC and San Francisco and volunteers to provide programming for student-athletes.

How Did We Get Here?

SOUL Programs was founded in 2013 in one of DC’s public housing communities, Clay Terrace. Since then, SOUL has expanded to partner with 3 high schools, one middle school, and many community partners, colleges, and businesses.

We Need Your Help!

Calling all tutors, coaches, and mentors! We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to join the team!

Latest News

June 7, 2020

For the past seven years, Curtis has been gathering at-risk young people — mostly African American boys who live in public housing and play sports — for a once-a-week group chat with SOUL, his community outreach program. Sometimes attendees discuss basketball, Curtis’s first love, but often the former coach steers the conversation toward education, business […]

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When you think of a superhero, what comes to mind? Oftentimes, people envision someone with superhuman powers soaring through the sky doing heroic deeds. Within our own communities, there are everyday people with superpowers, though at first glance, we may miss their heroism. Too often, the people on the ground doing good aren’t recognized for […]

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June 24, 2019

SOUL Insight – Sister Circle Girls Voice their Opinion on Youth Engagement 6.24.2019

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