Today’s youth, often referred to as iGen or Gen Z, are the future leaders of our cities, counties, and ultimately our country, but who or what is shaping the character and attributes of these young minds? This is a question that Vantonio Fraley, a former Killeen High School (KHS) athlete and graduate, couldn’t sit idly by and wait for an untimely resolution.
Beginning of a Vision
He returned to Texas in 2010 and quickly discovered that even after several years of being away from the Central Texas area, there was still an abundance of un-nurtured talent and a deficit in mentor-ship. This revelation ignited his vision of hope and growth for youth in the Killeen, Texas area. Reflecting back on his experience as a Killeen High School and Nike athlete, Vantonio said, “Youth need mentors to enhance or help build their specific talents, not just as athletes but in life.” Using this as a driving force, he has rooted his work in having or obtaining a “BGOP” (Be Great On Purpose) attitude; with this positive thinking one can transform their conscious and subconscious mind to achieve anything.
Mr. Vantonio takes the classic cliche saying of “you can be anything you put your mind to” beyond just a saying, but shows teens how to internalize and visualize what that can be for themselves personally through his non-fit program, ImPossible Youth Sports and Mentoring.
ImPossible Youth Sports and Mentoring program encourages teens to embody the BGOP attitude to not only broaden their view on life and opportunity, but help them see, develop, and believe in the God given talents they have been blessed with, both externally and internally. The program’s mission is to inspire, educate, and empower teens through character building, sports, and entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship being a major focus.
The ImPossible program originally was housed at Killeen High School in Killeen,Texas, but has recently expanded to a new location. On September 6, 2020, Mr. Fraley and his team were elated to open the doors of the new ImPossible Paradigm Shifters center located at 405 S.2nd Street, also in Killeen,Texas. Teens can come at no cost to learn how to shape, build, and foster their minds, talents, and futures all under one roof.
To learn more about the amazing ImPossible program or to volunteer, please visit http://ipsctx.org