The E.S.P.A. (Education and Sports Performance Academy, Inc.) is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to nourish students intellectually, socially, and emotionally to reach their academic potential and achieve their personal physical best so that they become productive citizens, serving the community in which they live.
Donald Byrd is the founder of E.S.P.A. his experience spans the athletic, corporate and non-profit sector. His love for sports began in high school where he played basketball at Gorton High School in Yonkers, NY. He also played at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, NY. His dedication to the game and youth led him to be an assistant coach for Tuckahoe High School in Tuckahoe, NY. He also coached 13-16 year olds in the Yonkers, NY midnight basketball league. Coach Byrd realizes that not enough youth are given equal opportunity to achieve and excel. He has therefore dedicated his life to E.S.P.A. and is doing his part to make sure that the youth in Atlanta are on a “level playing field” to become self-sufficient and successful adults.
E.S.P.A. is looking to purchase a new building in 2020. We are asking for donations to help make this dream a reality. Come and be apart of something bigger than yourselves. Your contributions will help build a better tommorrow for the youth of the future!