ABOUT TEAM GRS

YOUTH-SERVING NON-PROFIT 501(C)3

DEANDRE AUSTIN

OUR FOUNDER

Gym Rat Squad’s powerful story line about “Breaking the Trap” comes from the firsthand experience of its founder and CEO, DeAndre Austin. Growing up in Compton, California exposed Austin to the streets, a life where drugs and gang violence are part of the fabric of society. With the positive influence of family and mentors, he used school and sports as a way out. Austin, played Division 1 basketball at Fresno State University under the legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian, and later professional basketball in Central and South America. 

Gym Rat Squad empowers young people to stand up to their giants, and persevere past the life obstacles that wait ahead. Through playing basketball Austin learned that being coachable, a good work ethic, teamwork, sportsmanship, and setting goals are transferable characteristics that will help you succeed. Austin later discovered that the countless hours he spent practicing basketball was preparing him to become a successful entrepreneur.

OUR MISSION

Inspire and teach youth the skills to “BREAK THE TRAP”  through sports and character, particularly in inner-city neighborhoods where opportunities and options are limited and many support networks do not exist. 

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CURRICULUM

Character building lessons tied to stories from Team GRS and their struggles to “Break the Trap.”

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SPEAKING

Students, parents, teachers, and corporate teams can all be inspired to achieve their personal best.

GEAR

Purchase with a purpose! Support the team by purchasing high-quality, stylish gear and support our mission. 

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

-Frederick Douglass

 

"BREAKING THE TRAP" MEANS

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

 Our multi-disciplinary team includes artists, musicians, writers, educators, and community leaders all focused on helping youth live out their fullest potential and overcome the barriers to success.

Team GRS is the product of 15 years of pursuing a dream, and co-creating the original vision into a showcase of the combined talents of a community inspired to lift up the next generation.

TESTIMONIALS

FANS OF TEAM GRS

Your empowering message helped students see the value and importance of having good work ethics and good study habits. Charles Wilkins

AVID Coordinator, River Heights Intermediate

…presents hope to students who feel that there is no way out of their situation and motivation to those who need to be inspired to keep pursuing their dreams. Felicia Bams

Student Advisor, Opportunities for Learning Public Charter

We discussed how their life choices can have positive outcomes even if their current life situation might not be ideal.

Patricia Rodelo

7th Grade Teacher, River Heights Intermediate

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