Mentoring Thru Sports Professionals (MTSP) is a faith-based organization founded by Dennis & Barbara Blake that uses sports to help disenfranchised schools in challenged communities. It's mission is to encourage, motivate, inspire, and provide hope to the youths in disenfranchised communities through sports engagement. The organization uses sports as the backdrop to encourage kids to get involved and participate in daily activities. By using sports personalities and other professionals to share their personal experiences, kids are better able to understand and believe that they can be great citizens and use the values of sports to pull themselves out of poverty and adversity.
We quickly build a relationship with our campers to gain their trust and confidence that allows them to share any challenges that they are experiencing.
We then teach them creative step-by-step ways to handle whatever their challenges are, by allowing them to demonstrate their understanding through role plays.
We join hands and heart together to show solidarity through empathy to those that need it the most.
Because play helps children grow strong, stay healthy, and live an active lifestyle while having fun, we ensure a safe kid-friendly playing environment.
A time for introduction and worship - keeping God the center of all that we do.
Feeding the body of Christ physically enables us to connect with the children spiritually.
The children's ability to play gives them a sense of freedom amid the challenges they face.
It is everything; the hidden joy comes alive. Help us make a difference...
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." -John 3:16
Your generous giving promises to make a change in the lives at this year's camp...
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'" -Matthew 25:40
A little goes a long way for those that have very little; it changes lives for the better...
"But Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'" -Matthew 19:14
Dennis and Barbara Blake are the founders of the faith-based not-for-profit organization Mentoring Thru Sports Professionals (MTSP). It was founded in 2012 and all started with a passionate phone call to the principal of Morningside Primary School in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Barbara and Dennis spent the next few months praying and planning to bring the summer camp to fruition. It was during this period they realized that a sports-based summer camp would be a good way to motivate and uplift the students, especially those who were less fortunate.
"This summer has made a great impact on the students and also the adults. It shows the adult how children thinks when they are having fun. It also helps other children to interact with the adult and peers."
"This summer camp is a great experience for both adults and kids. It helps the kids to work together and acknowledge one another. The adults get the experience of their life working with the kids, for example, adults get chances to help kids learn more activities and get more educated in the sports they do. Overall the experience is spectacular."
"I love the camp, and I like the people. They help us play games. I like the things that they carry for us to play with, and I love the skipping game. They give away prizes which was exciting."
Too many testimonials to share!
& Rochelle McKnight, Treasurer
MTSP places significant emphasis on the three paths of happiness: We sing to uplift their heart, We pray to empower their Spirit, We use words of wisdom to change their behavior.
MTSP strongly belives that exercising the inward parts of kids is the gateway to a positive lifestyle, and that kids with great physique develop stronger self-esteem and greater self-confidence.
Together we make things happen!