Grand City Sports
Grand City Sports was founded in 2008 by Chris Sain Jr., who is a Michigan State Alum and master's degree holder as well as author, public speaker and Director of Retention at Grand Rapids Community College. Chris and his younger brother, Preston "CoachP" Sain, are both Grand Rapids inner city born and raised, and are alums of Grand Rapids Public Schools and Ottawa Hills High School.
Chris and Preston have had athletic backgrounds in GR since childhood, and along their journey they noticed how sports became a tool to keep them productive and out of trouble, while simultaneously teaching them endless valuable lessons (winning and losing, teamwork, falling and getting back up, dealing with injuries and setbacks, hard work and dedication).
Their oldest brother, Jahaun McKinley, now a corporate figure at Cascade Engineering, is an American success story, as he turned his life around after serving 19 years in state prison and being released in 2009. Sports was the tool that Chris and Preston used to avoid the same pitfalls as Jahuan growing up in the inner city.
In 2008, Both Chris and Preston began the journey of Grand City Sports — a journey that has impacted thousands of Grand Rapids youth in its almost 10 years of existence. The organization does youth and community outreach on an unpaid volunteer basis, spending their own personal funds and the funds of the organization's founders and members, and has never had the luxury of major funding.
Grand City Sports outreach includes a variety of mentoring, public speaking and school visits, youth sports coaching, sponsoring, scholarship giveaways, turkey giveaways, a breast cancer awareness 5K walk, a Father's Day father & son 5K walk, and charity work for youth and the community.
In October 2016, Chris Sain Jr. received his second award in just three years from Grand Rapids Business Journal, being named one of the "40 Under 40" top business leaders in GR. Also in October 2016, Preston Sain received the Vanguard Community Service Award from the Grand Rapids NAACP Chapter at their 50th anniversary awards dinner for his consistent dedication to serving youth and community. Jahaun McKinley is a Legacy Award rececipient. The three brothers plan to visit local and regional entities on their upcoming public speaking tour to share their stories as young African Americans.
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