Progression Athletics International (PAI) is an established 501(c)(3) organization. We have applied, been reviewed and accepted by the following organizations among others.
Progression Athletics International (PAI) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. The specific purpose of this organization is to positively influence young people around the world by teaching life skills, leadership, the importance of education, healthy lifestyle choices and cultural diversity through athletics, education and relief.
Athletics has historically played a role in all societies dating back to 1,000 B.C. Sports are a universal language no matter your age, gender or ethnicity. In recent decades athletics have been used as a low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development, and peace-building efforts.
Athletics have the unique power to attract, mobilize, and inspire. Sports are about participation which helps to influence the individuals involved. If there is no participation in a sport, the sport is then not possible and nothing can be accomplished. In order for a sport to be a success, multiple participants have to have the same vision to compete for. It stands for human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness.
Athletics are a mirror image of society and at times can be just as complex. Sports are not the cure-all for development and social problems kids face in life. In order to enable a sport to flourish and allow its full positive potential, emphasis must be placed on effective mentoring, coaching and guidance from the volunteers. This is where Progression Athletics International comes into the picture.
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The first time I showed up to help at a PAI event, I had no idea what to expect. Part of me wondered if any of the kids in these situations would even be interested in playing basketball with us. Within the first few minutes, I was completely blown away by their enthusiasm. I was amazed at how many smiles could be created by a simple dribbling drill. I got more and more energized every time I heard one of the kids ask "when are you guys coming back again?" The experience really revealed how powerful sports can be in influencing the lives of children. If you watch Shane and the rest of the people at PAI, it is easy to see how much passion they have for the mission of the company. It was truly a blessing for me to be a part of it.–Brendon Norton, Volunteer
Shane Hanson's mission to reach out to the troubled youth of the world is aspiring. Shane and his volunteers do a remarkable job in using sports as a platform for teaching life skills, shaping character and learning how to work with others. –Chris Purdon, Board Member
Shane Hanson and Progression Athletics International put together an amazing benefit for the kids at Casa Pacifica. They were able to learn a lot about the sport of basketball, but most of all, they had fun. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be involved! –Connie Ankrum, Participant