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What started as one man's desire in 1998 to revitalize youth programs in his hometown neighborhoods has blossomed into the Derek Anderson Foundation. An unending commitment to investing in and improving the future for young people and others has been the driving force behind one of Kentucky's most promising community outreach programs - a program that has been recognized for outstanding service by government officials in both Kentucky and California. Through the popular and effective ASSIST programs, The Foundation divides its work equally across three important segments - Community, Youth and The Future. The Community Assist Program works closely with various local, regional and national organizations to support youth initiatives and improvement projects. Derek Anderson plays very active roles in the different programs, from planning activities to personally acting as mentor to participants. The Youth Assist Program is centered on education, sports and fitness with a variety of programs including a basketball camp, golf clinics, college basketball recruitment assistance, and several educational scholarships. The annual basketball camp provides young people with a positive and nurturing atmosphere that not only teaches athleticism and sportsmanship, but also teaches that there are other avenues besides sports. The scholarship fund continues to grow and plans are underway to increase the number of annual scholarships. The Future Assist Program is focused on providing new hope and better opportunities for children and adults alike. Currently the major project for this program is the development and eventual construction of The Anderson Arena For Youth. This facility will provide a safe, drug-free learning center where kids and adults can come to enjoy sports and physical activities as well as learn about computers, arts, and life. Planning is already underway and construction is slated to begin in 2002.
In addition to Derek's AHB and Scholarship awards, here are some of the various organizations that his foundation has assisted in the past:

Louisville Urban League Tee Swingers Golf Program
Louisville Aids Walk Metro Parks
Special Olympics Kentucky State University Athletic Department
Home of the Innocence S.C.O.R.E (Save Communities of Rapid Erosion)
Louisville Ballet Jefferson County Public Schools Truancy Program
  Central High School Boys basketball team
 

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