Fundraising to make a difference for kids

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(ABC 6 News) – The Gage East Gym has been vacant for quite some time. While we see a vacant gym, one Rochester man sees an opportunity.

“Kids will have the chance to come to a safe place,” Andre Crockett, founder of Sports Mentorship Academy said.

If you live in town, chances are you recognize Andre Crockett. He’s the Founder of Barbershop and Social Services.

But he’s also the founder of Sports Mentorship Academy.

That’s been in place here in town since 2008.

Rochester Community and Technical College has a partnership with Sports Mentorship Academy to help college kids reach their potential.

The space will be for all kids.

“This space is ideal Especially for kids that have been displaced and nowhere to go to because of the YMCA being closed,” Crockett said.

“What’s the vision?”

“This will be a multicultural rec center. A lot of grassroots efforts will be doing programming out of here,” Crockett said.

He plans to open the building up in December, but there’s still a a lot of work to do. Like painting the walls and by getting some hardwood floors.

And it takes money to renovate the gym, $100,000. Andre’s Optimistic.

“This is way bigger than sports and basketball. This is something that they can dream of and be a part of. That’s the beautiful thing about this city. We come together and make dreams come true,” Crockett said.

If you’d like to help Andre and his cause, click this link!