Sports for Social Change


Did You Know...

46% According to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, 46% of the youth living East of the Anacostia River are living in poverty
6% According to the American College Testing Program’s ACT college admissions test, only 6% of Black student are deemed college ready.
200+ Each year we engage over 200 youth through SOUL's five enrichment programs.

IMPACT Sportsmanship Summit

Discussions at the intersection of Sports and Social Impact!

We are excited to announce the 2024 SOUL IMPACT SPORTSMANSHIP SUMMIT will be held in Washington DC on Thursday, June 27th

SOUL SELECT Basketball Academy

SPRING/SUMMER/AAU Basketball Teams

We currently have five SOUL Select Teams!

Boys: 9u, 11u, 15u, 16u, and 17u

Contact us for more information and practice times.

Sports Analytics Programs

Launching February 2024

SOUL Programs in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton is launching an 8-week Sports Analytics Program for DC high-school students. The group will meet on Fridays at HD Woodson High School starting Friday, February 23rd.

The Corporate Challenge

Saturday, April 27th

We are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the SOUL Corporate Challenge. Please support us by registering a team to participate in our largest philanthropic event of the year.


Jaylen Blakes joins the SOUL Team

Jaylen joins the SOUL Team via our IMPACT Sportsmanship Fellowship!

SOUL Supports the Triple Threat High School Basketball Classic

60 of the DMV's best HS Hoopers showcase their talent.

SOUL continues to provide access for local student-athletes through our sponsorship of the Triple Threat Classic. This annual high school basketball classic places a spotlight on some of the DMV’s best basketball players.

Reds Against Racism Panel @ NMAAHC!

Donald Curtis joins sport executives to discuss sports and racism.

Damion Thomas [Sports Curator, NMAAHC-Smithsonian] and Herbert Hainer [President, FC Bayern-Munich] invited Donald Curtis [SOUL Programs], DeMaurice Smith [President, NFLPA], and Taj Tashombe [Oakland Athletics] to serve on a panel to discuss sports and racism.

SOUL collaborates with DC United via Soccer & Soar

Our student-athletes participated in DC United's Executive Shadow Day

SOUL recognized by the ASPEN INSTITUTE!

2022 Project Play Champion!

We are proud to announce that SOUL Programs was selected as an Aspen Institute Project Play Champion for 2022!

Volunteers Needed!

Join the SOUL Team

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

Student Application

We're ready to support you!

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

Aspen Institute: Project Play Webinar

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.

Washington Post Article

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 is a Fight for Children Institute Member

Learn about the Fight For Children.

DC United raises a toast to SOUL

DC United and MOET Hennessy Celebrate SOUL and several other community organization.

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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