Welcome to The VA Crusaders Program
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Virginia Crusaders Athletic Program

Youth Development Center

(757) 825-2449 ~ Hampton


Mission:  The VA Crusaders Youth Development Center mission is to empower youth to win in the game of life. 


Purpose:  The VA Crusaders Athletic Program is a project of the United Charitable Program, a registered 501(c) 3 public charity.  The purpose of the VA Crusaders Athletic Program and Youth Development Center is to address the needs of the community by building self confidence, self direction, and good sportsmanship through positive and competitive sports and programming. 


Objective:  The objective is to mentor youth and young adults participating in the VA Crusaders Athletic Program and Youth Development Center through community cohesiveness and personal character development.  It’s our goal to continue to provide the enhancement programs for youth between the ages of 4 – 17 and young adults 18 years old and older to actively participate in sports activities in their community. By participating in the program, individuals are required to maintain consistant attendance, mandatory practice, and self evaluations that will ultimately lead to less time for crime, gang violence, and imprisonment.    


Program Description:  Education is the cornerstone of the program. The VA Crusaders Youth Development Center is an informal educational program that utilizes the game of football as a metaphor to develop leadership, entrepreneurship, personal budget management, business management, and social life skills.  Group leaders utilizes innovative informal education curriculums, provide homework assistance and tutoring Monday – Friday during after school and summer camp hours.  Youth are divided into groups by ages according to the development workshops. The innovative curriculums help youth develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to confront life challenges and will help youth to lead successful productive lives.  The program is designed to develop the student through educational workshops, life skill trainings and disciplined athletic activities encouraging them to become a well rounded individual. 


Athletic Development:  Fine tuning the details through consistent conditioning, practice, and training for an elite game performance.  The VA Crusaders Athletic Program and Youth Development Center Coaches and Staff will maximize youth and young adults through first class physical and mental preparation.  Our efforts are focused on the youth and young adults in preparation for speed, strength, physical fitness, footwork, balance, agility, position drills, and nutrition. 

Applications for the
VA Crusaders Youth Development
  Summer Camp 2012
Youth Ages 4 - 14
Fun Filled & Developmental Activities,
Field Trips & Much More
FREE Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack Provided

Athletic Program Activities Include........
Skills Clinics and Workshops - Athletic Fundamentals for Youth and Young Adults
Football, Basketball, Track, Cheerleading, and Dance.  

*Academic Enrichment*
Practical Mathematics and Budgeting
Language Arts and Communication
Cultural Enrichment
Social Skills

*Awareness & Prevention*
Health and Nutrition Promotion
Gang Prevention
Conflict Resolution
Disease Prevention

Scholarships and Awards
Participant reimbursement on tutition, books, supplies, or computers
based on achievement, need and availibilty.

Community Service
Partnering with other non-profit community organizations and businesses 
for service projects in
feeding programs, community cleanups, and mentoring programs.






 VA Crusaders Youth Development Center Programs

Before School
 - Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m
 Ages 4 - 14. Breakfast and Transportation is provided to select Hampton and Newport News Schools.  

After School - Monday - Friday 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Ages 4 - 14. We offer homework assistance, developmental and sports activities, as well as Snack and Transportation is provided from select Hampton and Newport News Schools.

Spring Break Camp - Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. April 7th - 11th, 2014. We offer developmental and sports activities, fieldtrips,  as well as Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Snack. 

Summer Camp - Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. June 16th - August 29th, 2014. We offer developmental and sports activities, fieldtrips,  as well as Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Snack.

Food Pantry - Every Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  The Food Pantry serves over 100 families weekly.  VA Crusaders provides FREE FOOD BASKETS each week to the local Southeastern Communities in Newport News. 

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