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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. 

Vision Anchor
Team Anchor

Our Team


Sheree Cyriaque

Director of Partnerships

& Training

Taylor Jackson

Partnerships & Grants


Leah Barterian

Brand Marketing Coordinator


Valerie Ribbron

Director of Tutoring

Candy Borum

Tutoring Administrator

Tutoring Coordinators

Amy Van Wyk

Anne Brophy

Christa Fegan

Christine Willis

Micaela Sissom

Pamela Parham

Sara Waller

Tutoring Assistants

Ann Carter

Nettadine King

Jane Loudon

Amy Lyons

Our History

Our History

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.

We are grateful for our history but most excited about what lies ahead.  

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