Very few college athletes get to experience life at the professional playing level. In fact, only about 1% of them do.
So what do the remainder of the college athletes do post-graduation?
In this instance, they go professional in a different aspect of life; helping youth and families to determine, set, and accomplish their goals through sports and mentorship.
And this is exactly what Phoenix-based non-profit organization U Saved Me is all about. Founded by former Northern Arizona University wide receiver and graduate, Raufeem Jackson, USM is a professional 501(c)3 non-profit therapeutic sports and mentoring organization that works to unite and empower families.
Colleen Flooker is a former Northern Arizona University Volleyball standout who has been with U Saved Me since its inception. After graduation with a Bachelors Degree from NAU, Flooker teamed up with founder Raufeem Jackson to become one of the head coaches.
The Canadian born head coach is now the leader of the coordination and conducting workouts for the youth of John R. Davis Elementary School in Phoenix, AZ. The nature of the workouts range from individual one-on-one to family, and small group to team workouts, all under the supervision and leadership of Coach Flooker.
The ultimate goal of the coach’s various workout programs is to instill discipline, mental and physical toughness to create self-confidence, motivation, inspiration, and family unification.
Through the years, Colleen prides herself in being a positive role model for the younger generation who might lack guidance and support in their lives, both on and off the field.
Outside of her work at the thriving organization, the inspirational coach can be seen at various sporting and family events to show her outside support for the youth in the program.
Alongside Coach Flooker is another Northern Arizona graduate in Ramen Green.
Green is a former wide receiver who played alongside U Saved Me CEO Raufeem Jackson and was a member of the 2003 Big Sky Conference Championship Lumberjack football team.
Ramen Green has been onboard for about one year now as the lead mentor for the organization, providing evaluation of students' abilities, interests and personalities to develop realistic academic and career goals.
Green has been using his NAU degree in Art studies to relate and provide positive learning and venting activities for the children and is setting up an April 2011 art show featuring the youth’s work at an undetermined location in Phoenix.
To donate or view more information on the organization’s causes, visit: www.usavedme.org