By Michael Rheinheimer
A group of dedicated and passionate parents has united to form Eagles Athletic Association in Zionsville.
Among the founding members is Eric Allen. The association aims to inspire a love for athletics while focusing on personal development.
“This is a good opportunity to use sports as a vehicle to help empower tomorrow’s leaders,” Allen said. “Our mission is to best serve 6- to 12year-olds, and we’re hoping to grow into older age groups.”
Allen said the group has developed a training model which it will teach to all its athletes, regardless of sport. The SELECT system focuses on sportsmanship, excellence, leadership, effort, character and teamwork. The association also seeks to instill a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging athletes to get involved locally.
In addition to working with existing groups like the Boys & Girls Club, the association seeks to match athletes with opponents at their own level.
“We’ll be bringing together the most competitive families to the kids with passion and good attitude,” Allen said. “We want to find the right fit for them. We’ll encourage kids to try many sports and programs.”
For Allen and the other founding members, athletics have been a passion. It’s that passion that sparked the idea to form the Eagle Athletic Association. With more than a year of planning, Allen said the dream has started to become a reality within the past two weeks.
“A few of us committed,” he said. “We want to be the gold standard for best serving the most amount of kids in our community.”
Allen said the best marketing for the group has been word of mouth, but interested parents can find updates on the group’s website, eaglesathleticassociation.com, or on its Facebook page.