Our spotlight charity for the month of June is the non-profit Reality Speaks. Some of you may have even met the founder at our May Girls Night Out at Carmel! Dr. Chinyere Okpaleke, better known as ChiChi, founded Reality Speaks when she experienced first-hand the challenges faced by student athletes after graduation. This is how Reality Speaks came about; a guide to dream and be motivated beyond your limits. Reality Speaks facilitates student-athletes through a series of specialized programs dedicated to the successful transition after sports, while enhancing individuals’ mindset to be motivated beyond athletics.
There are more than 460,000 NCAA student-athletes, and less than 2% of those athletes will go on to compete professionally in their sport. An NCAA study on the experiences of college athletes revealed that 60% of student athletes reported viewing themselves "more as athletes than students.” Many hours are devoted to training, practice, and conditioning during their college years, leaving them unprepared for the professional world, damaging their ability to compete in the job market post-graduation. Reality Speaks, Inc. is a non-profit organization that targets student-athletes in successfully preparing them for life after sports. They aim to discover athletes’ interest outside of their sport, and motivate these young minds to dream beyond their limits, while guiding them in the process. The staff at Reality Speaks believe “a vision cannot be taught, but it can be directed.” A dream beyond sports…this is reality.
How Can You Help?
Reality Speaks will be having their 3rd annual clothing drive on June 18th. Every year, they donate kids, men's and woman's clothing, jewelry, accessories, and shoes to handpicked organizations who need them most. During our drives, they use student-athletes to volunteer at the events. Their experience volunteering helps with the Reality Speaks mission to help build resumes and volunteer exposure. The last couple years they’ve had USF and UT Mens and women's basketball teams volunteer. The collected clothing will be donated to local charities in need: ECHO, The Spring, and Generation Next.
In support of this spotlight charity, please consider bringing a clothing donation to our June 13 event. Dr. ChiChi will be in attendance to collect your donations and answer any questions you may have about Reality Speaks. For more information, you can also visit their website, RealitySpeaks.org.
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!