The at-risk youth ‘s core must have the opportunity for a successful start in education and sport regardless of age, race, gender, family composition, income, or community. In response to this significant disparity, The Shepherds Tabernacle Church is creating a Faith-based sports program necessary for at-risk youth and children to have equal opportunity for organized sports. We foster partnerships among community leaders, funders, advocates, and practitioners, and support specific efforts to advance our goals. We are dedicated to encouraging environmental, policy, practice, and organizational changes, with core values grounded in equity and social justice.


STAC Youth Sports and Recreation is a private, non-profit, youth sports program serving at-risk children and youths, ages six-seventeen, in the Alief – Houston area. The focus of the program is to promote youth sport participation, promote healthy development in youth, reduce youth crime, deter youth from use of illegal drugs and involvement with gangs and other related crimes, and increased self worth and mental empowerment.


Youth Sports and Recreation Program Description


The Shepherds Tabernacle Church’s youth and recreation program will allow at-risk youth to be active through structured practices and competitions. Additionally we will offer noncompetitive activities such as swimming, martial arts, aerobics, dance, and weight training. We will emphasize the value of teamwork, commitment, self-discipline, and respect for authority. We believe that winning is a byproduct of doing the right things well. 

We will set high standards for at-risk youths and we will expect them to set high standards for themselves as well.  Learning character values is a key element of our sports and recreation programs. We will introduce concepts such as sportsmanship, collaboration, analytical thinking, and winning/losing.


Everyone will get a chance to pay in our sports program, regardless of ability level.. The program emphasizes teamwork, planning, learning, confidence, caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Some of our programs for older youth may be competitive, be we still maintain the same character and moral values.  Retired or current professional sports resources will occasionally be brought in to offer sports clinics, camps, and tournaments.


STAC Youth Sports will offer the following competitive sports during the year:

  • Male Contact Football (10-16), August-November.
  • Male Basketball (6-17), October-December.
  • Female Basketball (6-17), December-February.
  • Female Volleyball (13-17), September-November.
  • T-Ball/Softball/Baseball (6-17), May-July.
  • Male and Female Soccer (8-17), April-June.


STAC Youth Recreation will offer the following non-field-based sports during the year:

  • Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) (10-15), October-December
  • Chess Tournaments (13-17), October-December
  • Ping Pong Tournaments (12-16) December-January
  • Pool Tournaments (16-17 only), September-October
  • E-Football Tournaments (13-15), August-October (X-Box Version)
  • E-Basketball Tournaments (13-15), October-November (X-Box Version)

Youth Sports and Recreational Center