BHM celebrates the athletes and African-American youth leaders who are harnessing the power of sport and making a positive change in their communities.
Meet the members of the Future Varsity program – a six-month program created to support leaders in African-American communities using sport to inspire change.
Kalli Minor started playing tennis after watching Serena when she was just 5 years-old. She approached her dad saying, “Daddy I want to play tennis.” When he inevitably asked “Why tennis?” she thoughtfully explained, “There is a brown girl on TV beating everybody.” 6 years later, Kalli is now using tennis to inspire other young girls that look like her through her initiative Rally With Kalli. “The courts in Compton are messed up, I want to create some tennis centers. I want to bring tennis to Compton.”
Rally with Kalli will bring tennis classes and sessions to areas that don’t have access. For Kalli, tennis is a vehicle for social and personal change, and a way to blaze a trail for generations down the line.
“When I get big, I'm gonna change Compton.”– Kalli Minor
Find out more about the other Youth Leaders that are using sport to promote change within their communities.
Future Varsity is a program designed to support, empower and enable youth leaders who are using sport to stand up for values, of equality, diversity and inclusion in their communities. We invite you to submit nominations for the next program.
Log in or create a NikePlus account to nominate a youth leader you know using sport to elevate their community.
Nike is proud to support numerous national and local organizations that provide services to underrepresented youth, including African-American youth, during the year, through mentorship, leadership development, coaching, city league sport programs, and other community initiatives.
The leading national organization in ensuring quality youth mentoring relationships, Nike has supported MENTOR to raise the profile of mentoring and expand into new parts of the U.S., connecting more volunteers to mentoring opportunities in their local communities.
Since 2017, PeacePlayers, with Nike’s support, has established programs in Brooklyn, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles bringing young people together through the power of sport.