JUST ONE SOCCER LEAGUE
Founded in 1996, Just One Neighborhood Program, Inc. (JONP) also known as "Just One Soccer," is a recreational sport league providing a low cost option where community, friendship, togetherness, teamwork, and respect become powerful tools toward avoiding the challenges facing our community. The program supports our children by providing a safe environment that instills a sense of self, of belonging, where quality relationships instill pride and increase their capacity to succeed.
A typical season extends from April thru mid July and welcomes almost 700 children from the greater Newark area in 56 teams including ages 4 thru 16. Volunteer coaches provide two practices a week with games every Thursday evening and all day on Saturday. All coaches maintain a "NJ Grassroots" license through the New Jersey Youth Soccer Association.
YOUTH BOXING & FITNESS PROGRAM
In 2008 with the guidance of the Harlem-born boxing legend, Joe Cortez, and various supporters, we opened our state-of-the art boxing gym located on the basement level of our Administrative Headquarters in Newark. In less than two months, our gym has forty youth in the program, most of whom never participated in an ASPIRA program.
The program uses boxing to get the youth engaged. From there we teach them discipline, respect, and conflict resolution, so that they use boxing as a sport and not a weapon. The participants also learn the importance of physical fitness, eating healthy and abstaining from drugs and alcohol. (Afterschool Program from 3:00-8:30 pm)
For additional information on the Youth Boxing & Fitness Program, please contact Boxing Director and Trainer, Sergio Ortiz at 973-484-7554.