The Mission of the Warr Foundation is to improve our communities by enhancing the lives of children, especially those that need us most, through leadership, mentorship, educational assistance and positive relationships as experienced through participation in organized sports.
To give our children the support and discipline to achieve success in elementary through high school, develop student athletes that will have the opportunity to compete for college scholarships, and most importantly to develop good people and productive citizens.
As a young child, I, Paul T. Warr, was blessed with the opportunity to participate in organized sports; as an adult, I now recognize how important a role organized sports, and the people I interacted with daily, played in my development. Throughout my career as a counselor for juveniles and adults I have had the opportunity to talk with many people. I asked those that were successful to what did they attribute their success; and to the unsuccessful to what did they attribute their failure. Though the answers varied, I found 5 consistent variables that led to the vastly different outcomes: guidance, discipline, support, opportunity and love. During my early career as a probation officer, I observed the struggles of our youth trying to find their way in today’s complex society without the proper tools or guidance needed to succeed. Twenty years later, frustrated with society’s inability to provide a suitable solution other than incarceration, I decided to meet with some like-minded people and provide a simple solution to some of the significant societal problems affecting the children of our community today. We founded the Warr Foundation on the belief that children are our community’s most precious commodity. They are our future and as such are worthy of our time, wisdom, and resources to help them avoid societal pitfalls and to provide an opportunity for success. We strive to enhance the lives of all children in the community by providing leadership, mentorship, guidance, love and support as experienced through participation in organized sports. We designed our year round athletic and tutoring programs with three main goals in mind: to give our children the support and discipline needed to achieve success in elementary through high school, develop student athletes that will have the opportunity to compete for college scholarships, and most importantly to develop good people and productive citizens.
Taking part in organized sports requires an ability to handle disappointments and accept personal responsibility for any mistakes. Sometimes it take a while for children – and some adults – to learn how to accept responsibility when things go wrong. However, organized sports can teach important lessons about the value of taking part rather than simply winning and about using setbacks as learning opportunities.
Learning the rules and skills of a new sport and training for a particular purpose will teach a child self-discipline that they will need and use both on and off the field. Sports often help children learn that working hard helps them to achieve their goals.
MENTORSHIP & GUIDANCE
Children need help to be steered in the right direction. At the Warr Foundation, we strive to provide a safe environment where children will learn essential life skills that will help them not only on the sports field but in the classroom and throughout their lives.
LOVE & SUPPORT
The Warr Foundation believes that family goes beyond the home, and extends to everyone that make your life more enjoyable. At the Warr Foundation, we see ourselves as an important part of the equation. Children do their best, persevere and reach their potential when they are encouraged, edified and honored for their accomplishments. Encouragement is integral to a child’s development and confidence.