Mr. Luis Ubiñas
320 East 43rd Street
New York, New York 10017
Hello Mr. Ubinas I am the president of Athletes United for Peace (AUP) and I was just writing this letter to inform you that we need a little bit more money to support are programs. I will start off by telling you what are organization does, a little about are history and what we plan on doing with the money. To start off AUP has served as a member of the United Nations team of nongovernmental organizations since 1988.(www.riafbo.org 2010) For many years now we work using athletes to promote peace through sports to constituencies in the United States and abroad. Here is a little background check on are organization. Are organization was founded by a group of concerned athletes in the 1980’s after the boycott of the Moscow Olympics by the United States prevented full global participation. The creation of are organization was created by a former Olympic long jumper Dr. Phil Shinnick.(www.riafbo.org 2010) It also included for former Olympic, ex-professional and recreational athletes who were exposed to the boycott and politicizing of the Olympic games. These athletes were deeply concerned about the increasing tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, and were willing to take a stand.(www.riafbo.org 2010) While the cold war was at peak and the nuclear arms race going out of control, these athletes understood from experience that sports could change political ideology and serve as a way to promote a strong message of peace to people and nations around the globe.(www.riafbo.org 2010) So are vision was that individual athletes, as de-fact international good will ambassadors, could carry out the message of peace and world disarmament. We also have a Athletes United for Peace media which had received national recognition and has won several film festival awards for media production excellence. So basically are mission in this nonprofit organization is that we are committed to promoting peace, education and friendship through sports and medial projects.(www.riafbo.org 2010) Throughout are organizations existence, it has used the positive qualities of sports to bridge cultural differences and transcend international barriers, bringing people together from all walks of life to help create a world wide culture of peace. Are team work philosophy fostered through partnership linkages with sports organizations, municipalities, educational institutions, law enforcement and other non profits has helped to improve the quality of life for people in communities around the Bay Area.(www.riafbo.org 2010) These collaborative partnership efforts have enabled us to develop and implement alternative programs designed to aid in the development and growth of aspiring young people. We are a member of the United Nations team world wide non governmental organization. Basically through information technology and digital media, we regularly dismiss key information on the United Nations initiatives via the internet and news media.(www.riafbo.org 2010) As a NGO member with the UN’s Department of public information, we are regularly involved with various programs and initiatives sponsored by UNICEF and UNESCO’s office of sports development.(www.riafbo.org 2010) We have five main programs they are Academics and Sports project, Basketball in the Bairrio camps, Berksley late night Basketball, Digital Technology Academy, and community media out reach project. Im going to tell you about three of these programs first I will start off with Berksley late night Basketball. Berksley late night Basketball was modeled after the National Midnight Basketball Program, Berkeley Latenight is an alternative recreation program held on Friday evenings at the city’s Young Adult Project, and was designed to deter young people away from crimnial activity and antisocial behavior during the time on weekends when crime rates are extremely high. Funded by the City of Berkeley since 1993, the program offers a safe environment for young people to engage in a pre-game informational workshops that cover employment & training, community awareness, health & wellness, and continued education. Participants are also provided with mentorship from menbers of the community. Berkeley Latenight Basketball league games are on Fridays evenings at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. with program sessions that are conducted in the Fall, Sping and Summer. The program also holds an outdoor summer session at the University of California Berkeley’s.(rogerspark.com 2010) The next one I will discuss is the Basketball in the Bairrio camps. Basketball in Bairrio is Two blocks from U.S. Mexico border in the Segundo Barrio of El Paso, Texas lies the site of one of the most unique basketball camps in the country. Basketball in the Barrio is a mixed combination of history, culture, literature and arts all blended together at the basketball in the Barrio camp. Held each June at the Armijo Community Center, the camp has a strong following of social advocates, ex-pro athletes, artists, musicians and storytellers that journey to El Paso each year for the very special gathering. Founded by AUP’s Rus Bradburd and Steve Yellen, the camp was designed to use basketball as a vehicle to expose youth to the many aspects of their rich Southwest history and culture. Doug Harris’ AUP Media documentary about the history of Basketball in the Barrio won the “Most Inspirational Film” award at the 2008 U.S. Sports Film Festival in Philadelphia.(rogerspark.com 2010) An last but not least the Digital Technology academy. The Digital Technology Academy is a media arts/job training program that was established by AUP in 1997 to introduce high-risk Bay Area teens to the ever-growing field of digital media production. The academy’s initial purpose was to address the digital divide where access to digital equipment was often times limited for many inner-city youth. Over the years, the program has offered many teens an opportunity to learn media production skills with an emphasis on multimedia integration. The academy’s areas of training include: camera operation, lighting, audio, screen composition, research, script writing, special effects, graphic design, and non linear editing with PC and Mac computers.(rogerspark.com 2010)
An over the 25 years history of the organization we sponsored many international, national and community events that have helped to promote peace and friendship. From sports exhibitions, awards presentations, community forums to film screenings we take great pride in sponsoring events that align with are missions and have a positive impact on people from all over the world.(Ebrahim, Alnoor 2010) So what my organization will do with this money is get professional and amateur athletes and athletic advisors interested in promoting sports, health and athletics as a means for peace and friendship like I said before.(Ebrahim, Alnoor 2010) We seek to promote peaceful controlled competition between the U.S, U.S.S.R and other countries. We want to demonstrate by sports exchanges and related activities, that through athletic competition, athletes form common bonds that lead to cooperation and respect for differences. Uphold the two basic principles of the Olympic charter, which are the promotion of physical and moral qualities that are the basis of sport and the education of young people through sports, regarding mutual understanding and friendship, there by creating a more peaceful world. (www.allbusiness.com 2010 the whole paragraph) Mr. Ubinas thank you very much for giving your time to read this letter I hope these are good enough reasons to lend my organization some money, so we can get these programs up and running. All AUP wants is for the world to be a better and peaceful place and keep are young ones out of trouble by keeping them active an doing something productive at all times.
President of the AUP organization Jarvis A. Moore
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