D4K Mission Statement:
Dig 4 Kids is an after school program committed to provide youth in low-income communities with increased opportunities for academic and athletic achievement.
D4K Project Background
Dig 4 Kids was founded in the spring of 2000 by Professional Beach Volleyball Player and Olympic Gold Medalist, Eric Fonoimoana. The foundation is a 501 C 3 non-profit for public benefit corporation and has a federal charitable tax-exempt status. It was established after Eric noticed the lack of youth education and exercise programs in under-served communities. He felt a strong desire to “equalize” these circumstances in these areas. With the success of the foundations first pilot program conducted in Carson, California and Eric’s success in winning THE GOLD, the dream of Dig 4 Kids has become a reality and the organization has gained both national and international sponsorship and recognition for its efforts. Dig 4 Kids has helped over 2,810 children learn the importance of education and physical fitness.
“Digging Education” is the primary activity of D4K and is an innovative project that combines after-school academic tutoring and mentoring with exercise and volleyball lessons. Students receive assistance with their homework, life-lessons, counseling and then participate in volleyball instruction and training. The program responds to a need for positive after-school activity and takes place from 3pm to 6pm, when many kids are unsupervised and prone to involvement in dangerous or illegal activity.
Goals and Objectives
The long-term goals of the Dig 4 Kids Foundation are:
- To increase the number of students from low-income communities who pursue a higher education.
- To increase the number of collegiate, professional, or Olympic student athletes that comes from lower-income communities.
D4K will be able to achieve these goals by focusing on the following proximal objectives in resource-challenged schools:
- Provide youth with increased opportunities to participate in-group athletics.
- Encourage the pursuit of higher education and academic achievement among students in grades 5-12.
- Provide student-athlete role models for kids in grades 4-6 and role modeling opportunities for kids in grades 9-12.