In 1989, Eddie Lee Wilkins decided it was time to share his success with the community, which gave so much support in his long climb to the NBA ( New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers). In 1990, the ELW Summer Youth Basketball Camp and League began with a total of 150 youth. In 1995, the ELW Summer Program, Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit Georgia charitable institution. In September 1996, the Program received its 501(c)(3) status from the Federal Government and is exempt from federal income tax under 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. In June 1998, due to expanded programs and activities, we changed our name to the ELW Youth Association, Inc.
The ELW Youth Association, Inc. has evolved into an extremely important comprehensive community enhancement organization that believes in the creed, "It takes an entire village," and we pledge to be a facilitator, as well as, a provider for the people of our community. Today, the ELW Youth Association, Inc. provides a multitude of sports, educational and social intervention programs for well over 1,000 youth in the Cartersville/Bartow County Community. Our programs have become a much-anticipated fixture each year, particularly during the summer months.
Our programs have become a much-anticipated fixture each year, particularly during the summer months. We are proud of our accomplishments and influence on the lives of our youth. The Cartersville Police Department data show that the crime rate for youth drops significantly, during the summer months when the program is operational. The ELW Youth Association, Inc. over the years has assisted many youths in obtaining college scholarships.
We touch a variety of persons who need enrichment in their lives. The programs are designed to capture the attention of youth through the power of athletics and enhance their self-esteem through education, social interventions, and competition. However, the call for more presence is quite eminent, and we need your tax-deductible contributions to provide a continuous source of positive activities.
We are grateful to the City of Cartersville, Cartersville City Schools, Walmart, Publix Charities, Hamilton State Bank, and Bank of Ozarks for making our programs possible.
Youth, parents, volunteers, and the community thank you for your continued support, dedication, and commitment to our program. The children are our future. It is extremely important that we continue our program, and create new exciting, motivational, and educational programs to make a positive difference in their lives.
The ELW Youth Association, Inc. is funded by your tax-deductible contributions, and by contributors from business organizations and local government. We appreciate your interest and contribution to this cause.