YOUTH FOUNDATION

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.

DONATE

All donations will be used to further the DBA Youth Foundation’s mission to assist youth in high-risk situations and fight racial inequality. When you donate $10 or more, you will be entered to win a professional dribble machine valued at $2,500 (used retail value).

"DRIBBLE LIKE THE PROS" SWEEPSTAKES

Donate $10 or more to the Darting Basketball Academy Youth Foundation and be entered to win our professional dribbling machine!
 
The Darting Basketball Academy has used this machine to train many basketball players. Now it’s your chance to own it! Get in a great workout AND perfect those basketball skills!
 
The Dribbling Machine is motion-based and offers ball-handling drills from the world’s top basketball coaches and trainers. It tracks movement as basketball players train with a real basketball and registers every bounce of the ball to monitor the users’ progress. There are more than 100 live and on-demand workouts.
 
Tis the season to help a great cause AND be entered to win an awesome prize. The DBA Youth Foundation’s “Dribble Like the Pros” Sweepstakes runs from December 1st through December 8, 2020.
 
See official rules here.

SCHOLAR BALLER PROGRAM

The DBA Youth Foundation Scholar Baller Program is a program 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 program is to provide building blocks for a successful future.

The program will begin in August 2020 and run through May 2021. 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 Baller meetings will occur on Sunday nights.

Teachers, administrators, counselors or community leaders can nominate a student to be a part of the 2020-21 Scholar Baller program from March 15 – June 30, 2020 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. 

DBA YOUTH FOUNDATION BOARD

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

Teacher
(Topeka Collegiate)

Dale Cushinberry

Retired Educator/Administrator
(Highland Park High School)

Gay Bauersfeld

Topeka Business Owner
(Sheridan’s Frozen Custard)

Krista Darting

Director of Business Development
and Marketing
(DBAYF)

S.J. Hazim

Community Servant/Topeka Business Owner (Clad Astra)

Judge Joseph Johnson

Retired Judge
(Shawnee County District Court)

Allen Joy

CPA
(Joy & Company)

Volunteer

The Darting Basketball Academy Youth Foundation is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers will work with our Scholar Baller 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 15, 2020 for the 2020-21 school year. Volunteers will be needed from August through May 2021. Those who are selected will be notified and sent information about the program by August 1, 2020.

Upcoming Events

Check back for fundraising events held in Topeka throughout the year. More info on the first event occurring in July 2020 coming soon!

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP

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 Krista@dartingbasketball.com for more information. Come be a part of the DBA Youth Foundation team!

Thank you to our partners!

Sign up for our 2020 membership