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Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village hosting Free Cleat Giveaway and Football Camp with Cleats4Kids, LEAD Foundation and Brandon Carr at New Standard Academy

The Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village Athletics  (SBEV),  the LEAD Foundation and Cleats4Kids will be gifting 100 young athletes with free cleats and hosting a football camp supported by Brandon Carr and the Carr Cares Foundation, this Saturday, August 7th, at New Standard Academy, 2040 W. Carpenter Rd., Flint, Michigan. All campers must be pre-registered.

“We are proud to partner with the LEAD Foundation, Legacy Football and Carr Cares to provide resources to young student athletes in order to feel confident and have the proper equipment / gear to participate in the game of football, said SBEV Executive Director,” Maryum Rasool.

SBEV will be launching the Flintstones Youth Contact Football Program in the near future.

The giveaway goes from 12-3 p.m. for kids ages 6-14 years old.

Former NFL and collegiate athletes will be coaching and supporting the event.

SBEV serves as a community hub on Flint’s north side and provides youth programming that includes a number of sports programs, after-school tutoring, youth journalism, dance, theatre, STEM activities and art. SBEV also serves as a meeting space for various community events, organizations and agencies in the Flint area.


What: SBEV & Cleats4Kids Cleat Giveaway & Football Camp

Time: 12-3 p.m.

Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021

Where: New Standard Academy, 2040 W. Carpenter Rd., Flint, Michigan

For more information about the event, contact, Football Director, Mark Hayden by email,

About Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village

Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village occupies the former George M. Dewey Elementary School, established in September 1921. The building, soon entering its tenth decade, has seen several changes in ownership over the years. After it ceased operating as a school in 1991, it was purchased by Jobs Central, Inc. (later renamed Career Alliance, Inc.), which specialized in career readiness and job training. The building was renamed the Sylvester Broome Jr. Training and Technology Center (or the Sylvester Broome Center, as it is more popularly known in the Flint community), and opened in 1995. Under Career Alliance, the Broome Center eventually reached 93% occupancy before closing in 2012, in spite of much community effort to spare the programs and keep the building open. The Broome Center then sat empty for approximately three years before being purchased in 2015 by two business owners wishing to invest in north Flint, an area known for its high crime that had seen little redevelopment in at least a decade.

SBEV has 62,000 square feet of space wholly devoted to the developmental needs of north Flint’s youth population who have been deemed “at-risk.” Eventually, the SBEV mission is to reach all youth in the city of Flint. The space is dedicated for learning, developing, leading and investing in children and youth through employment, community health, and community engagement. At SBEV they firmly believe that if they empower and provide the resources to youth, they will be the catalyst to drive change in the community. SBEV plans to provide youth a safe harbor and an alternative to gangs, drugs and violence.

SBEV’s building is nearing 100 years old, and it was redeveloped in 1964 and again in 1995, the latter renovations generously funded by a $4 million grant given by the C.S. Mott Foundation. At that time, the building underwent extensive renovations.


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