Scotlandville Sports Academy is a non-profit 501(c)(3)
youth organization, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
led by young inner city-based leaders organizing athletic
and educational programs for youth, both boys and girls,
ages 5 to 18.
Scotlandville Sports Academy's mission is to utilize
organized sports as a tool to foster and nurture youth
living in Baton Rouge's urban communities to become
healthy, productive, well-rounded leaders.
In 1993, Shawn and Marlon Bates offered youth of the
North Baton Rouge communities an alternative to "just
hanging in the streets" by establishing the Scotlandville
Hornets youth baseball and football teams. During this
time span over 500 youth had an opportunity to participate
in the sports.
In November 2000, eight community leaders united to
create a Board of Directors. This Board assembled to
further nourish this vision of enhancing the lives of
at risk youth in the Baton Rouge community through structured
athletics and educational activities. With this new
organizational structure, the board adopted the name
of Scotlandville Sports Academy. The name was chosen
because of the techniques of coaching, as well as, educating
that will be used to fulfill the organization's goals.
The Hornets was the mascot chosen to represent all of
the Scotlandville Sports Academy sponsored teams. The
name, "Scotlandville Hornets", has historical value
within the community served by the Scotlandville Sports
Academy and would be used as a tool to strength community
fellowship and pride. Scotlandville High School, known
as the "Scotlandville Hornets", was the only public
high school in the community before being closed in
1982. Leaving a void of community ownership unfilled.
Scotlandville Sports Academy also adopted Scotlandville
High School's colors of Black & Gold (see colored mascot
above), bringing nostalgia of former days of glory to
a forgotten community. Over the following months, the
board developed a structured plan to serve and mentor
a population of over 700 youth and their families. On
March 28, 2001, Scotlandville Sports Academy became
incorporated as a non-profit community organization
in the State of Louisiana. In July 2001, Scotlandville
Sports Academy received its tax-exempt status from the
Internal Revenue Code under section 501(c)(3).
FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS
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