Soar Detroit provides literacy tutoring and sports, to foster life-changing relationships and help kids flourish.
Our long-term vision is to turn Detroit’s literacy rate upside down, promote healthy community in our city, and see kids come to know Jesus.
Soar Detroit was founded in 1999 by Doug Kempton, at that time operating under the name of Eagle Sports Club. With a strong passion to reach Detroit families with the gospel, Eagle Sports Club launched its first soccer league at Balduck Park with just over 60 kids and a heart to build life-changing relationships in communities.
What started as 60 playing soccer in the spring became 145 in the fall, with participation growing from there. Soon after, there were nearly 2,000 kids playing sports in a given year, with leagues now including baseball, flag football, and indoor and outdoor soccer. Throughout these years of growth, Soar Detroit was able to bring huge improvements to Balduck Park, including the UAW Ford Championship baseball field, state of the art lights, scoreboard, irrigation, and batting/pitching cages.
In 2005, the team introduced Soar, a literacy program for kids on Detroit’s east side, with just 15 students. Since then the program has served about 150 kids per year, with each child's reading improving by an average of 2 grade levels in each year of tutoring.
In 2016, based on the proven results of the existing programs, Doug and the board agreed it was time to grow the programs and impact of the organization. At the same time, churches around the Detroit area began meeting intentionally to consider how to best work together for the good of their city while remembering the 50th anniversary of the Detroit uprisings in 2017. The timing was perfect. Soar Detroit hired a new leader, Matt Mancinelli, who is passionate about serving Detroit and is equipped to take the organization to the next level. In 2017, Soar Detroit partnered with the Detroit Public Schools Community District to provide tutoring during the school day at three elementary schools. This program has been expanded into the following school years as well.
We’re grateful for our history, but most excited about what lies ahead.
Eagle Sports Club
This year Soar Tutoring will be delivered at several different sites across the city of Detroit.
Every Monday - Thursday during the school year, 450 students who are reading below grade level gather to be mentored one on one in reading and writing. Each student receives prescription based lesson plans prepared by a reading specialist, and are matched with a volunteer mentor. Volunteer mentors are trained in delivering the prepared lesson plans and are given continued support from our reading specialists throughout the mentoring process.
Students in Soar come twice a week: either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.
To sign up your child to be tutored, visit here.
To find out more about how to mentor, and what locations we deliver Soar, visit here.
Eagle Sports Club offers summer baseball, spring and fall soccer, fall flag football and winter indoor soccer every year for youth ages 4-14.
All outdoor sports are played at Balduck Memorial Park on Canyon Street.
Each sport is coached by volunteer coaches that understand the importance of creating meaningful relationships with each player. After each game day, players gather to hear a bible lesson.
All sports fees are affordable and designed to ensure all can participate regardless of their economic status. Scholarships are available.
This year, Eagle Sports Club is offering basketball skills camps, spring soccer, spring flag football, summer baseball, and fall soccer.