Still beating the odds |

Still beating the odds

Jordyn Reed
Updated: July 12, 2020 11:09 PM
Created: July 12, 2020 10:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Maurice Cain, a former Mayo Spartan two-sport athlete, has faced many obstacles throughout his life, but something that always helped him escape were sports.

Back in 2013, Cain was featured on ABC 6 News as a nominee for RCTC Foundation's Beat the Odds Scholarship, now known as the OAKS Scholarship.

"We didn't have heat or hot water until about a week ago," Cain told ABC 6 News at that time. "My mom used to block off that room, and that room, and have to turn the oven on with boiling water just to have heat on that side of the house."

This was just one of the personal struggles Cain faced growing up. Not long after he talked with ABC 6 News, he won the Beat the Odds scholarship.

"I want to be the type of person to help younger kids out, give back because I've been given a lot," Cain added in his 2013 interview. "The people that give to me, they just remember when you get older, what you can do."

Seven years later, it's safe to say Maurice is making good on his word to give back.

In the midst of quarantine, Maurice was inspired to do something to get out of the house and create a sports outlet for local kids. That's when he created "CAIN Development & Skills" which is a team-based organization for Rochester youth that he hopes will build more than just one skill set.

"It's all sports," Cain said about his program. "We're just developing better athletes, better techniques, you know so they can actually build off what we're teaching these kids."

Sports have always been a constant for Maurice and because he received so much from the community over the years he wants to give back.

"No one can forget a true leader and I feel like I can create leaders, there are leaders out here, we just don't know it," Cain said. "This is what I was meant to do. To give back. To teach these kids the development and the right skill set and give them a chance to be better than I was or have more opportunities."

Although his team is only a couple months old, Maurice has high hopes for it. And when it comes down to it, he wants it to be about having fun, learning from one another, and creating a bond.

"Even having other parents reach out to me, it just means the most," Cain said. "I couldn't be [more] happier with where I am right now."

Maurice is looking to do another camp soon, but he is still working on logistics due to the pandemic. For more information email or go to the team's Facebook page.

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