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PHOENIX (March 31, 2015) –
The MVP Foundation welcomed 300 low-income, inner city fifth through eighth grade young men to Young Life’s Lost Canyon Ranch in Williams, Arizona this past weekend for a free, once-in-a-lifetime retreat.

The vision of the MVP Foundation is to leverage the power of professional sports to provide opportunities, support and resources to children in need.

From that vision and a shared desire to see at-risk students achieve, the MVP Foundation developed its Leadership Academy to provide a tool for educators to utilize in the classroom to encourage, incent and reward the outcomes desired most in their students.

The MVP Foundation Leadership Academy serves as motivation, empowerment and encouragement to achieve academic excellence, develop personal skills and make positive decisions that avoid problem and high-risk behavior so that young men can grow to be confident and successful role models and leaders.

Young men join The MVP Foundation Leadership Academy by committing to its Code of Conduct and, in turn, earn their invitations to the MVP Foundation Leadership Academy Camp.

Students from Bernard Black Elementary School, Gateway School, Herrera Elementary School, Larry C Kennedy School, Supai Middle School and Williams gathered to deepen their understandings and further explore the three pillars of the MVP Foundation Leadership Academy – honesty, integrity and moral character.

The young men also interacted with guest speakers and engaged in fun activities like basketball, football, soccer, billiards, ping-pong, air hockey, hiking and organized meals.

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About The MVP Foundation

The MVP Foundation is on a mission to provide at-risk and underprivileged Arizona youth with educational opportunities, interactive programs and resources that foster positive connections between the worlds of family, school and community. For more information, please visit