About Us

The Darting Basketball Academy Youth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to provide assistance to youth in high-risk situations that: IMPROVES academic achievement, TEACHES effective leadership skills and ENGAGES students in community service by using basketball as a motivational tool. The DBA Youth Foundation is committed to fighting racial inequality through education, communication and relationship among people of all races and ethnicities.


All donations will be used to support Topeka-area kids and further the DBA Youth Foundation’s mission to assist youth in high-risk situations and fight racial inequality.

Scholar Program

The DBAYF Scholar Program is built to strengthen core life skills (focus and self-control, perspective taking, communicating, making connections, critical thinking, taking on challenges and self-directed, engaged learning). This program utilizes mentorship and team building to help youth become better leaders, students and citizens. The long-term goal of The Scholar Program is to provide building blocks for a successful future.

Year two of the program will begin in August 2021 and run through May 2022. Students will receive a scholarship to the fall and spring semesters of the Darting Basketball Academy, a mentor, opportunities for community service, exposure to influential national/regional/local speakers and more. Students will also be assigned to a student scholarship team where they can learn from and support each other. These teams will compete each nine weeks to win prizes by collecting points for success in numerous life skill areas. Scholar Program meetings will occur on Sunday nights.

Teachers, administrators, counselors or community leaders can nominate a student to be a part of the 2021-22 Scholar program from March 16, 2021 – May 17, 2021 by filling out the online form. The nominated student must also submit an online letter (as part of the nomination) explaining why they want to be a part of the program and what they hope to achieve.  


A Board of Directors that consists of individuals with diverse backgrounds, a broad range of expertise and a shared passion for helping the Topeka community governs the DBA Youth Foundation.

Kerry Darting

President, Topeka Business Owner
(Darting Basketball Academy)

Marilyn Kido

(Topeka Collegiate)

Krista Darting

Director of Business Development
and Marketing


The Darting Basketball Academy Youth Foundation is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers will work with our DBA Scholar students as mentors. Volunteers play an integral part in helping youth become better leaders, students and citizens by providing building blocks for a successful future.

We will begin taking volunteer applications on June 14, 2021 for the 2021-22 school year. Volunteers will be needed from August through May 2022. Those who are selected will be notified and sent information about the program by August 2, 2021. 

Upcoming Events

More info on the first event coming soon!


The DBA Youth Foundation appreciates the support received from the Topeka community. Corporate partners are positively changing the lives of youth in our area. We can’t do what we do without each and every person.

If you have an interest in corporate partnership, please email for more information. Come be a part of the DBA Youth Foundation team!

Thank you to our partners!

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