Organization Description and History
The HUSTLEstrong Foundation was founded in 2015 by Rasheed Walker. We are a tax-exempt (501c3) non-profit organization; through partnerships with Nashville-area athletic organizations, the foundation provides financial backing to youth athletic teams to offset the costs of participation fees, providing access to positive outlets of engagement for today’s youth.
During 2015, 20 of the 75 criminal homicides that occurred in Nashville, Tennessee, involved victims that were teenagers or young children. Not since 2009 (when the number of similar homicides rose to 80) has the city been darkened by such disparaging numbers concerning the rate of youth-centered killings and arrests. In response to this, The HUSTLEstrong Foundation has been established to partner directly with Nashville’s youth athletic organizations and decrease the growing number of young people who are at risk for statistical indicators which predict future encounters with the juvenile justice system and for those who may already entangled with the juvenile justice system.
Over time, the HUSTLEstrong Foundation will create and sustain a charitable operation that will position itself as an invaluable resource to sports organizations, young people, aspiring mentors, and the greater Nashville community at large. At its cornerstone, the HUSTLEstrong Foundation is committed to providing financial backing to athletic organizations during their playing seasons in order to offset the cost of participation fees of team players. In this way, participants will enjoy the research-backed benefits of athletic involvement which suggest a decrease in undesirable activities that may lead to drug use and other poor life.