The mission of the H.U.N.G.R.Y. Sports Academy Inc. is to use sports along with mentoring to promote the importance of education and character development to build a holistic learner who values and gives back to their community.
Helping youth understand the importance of fundamentals as they strive to reach their full athletic potential.
Helping youth excel outside the athletic arena and strive to be people of good character and integrity.
Chris Pender, Jr. has always had a passion for athletics and working with youth since he was a senior in high school. He played Junior Varsity baseball for two years and Varsity basketball for two years. As a senior at Cheltenham High School, he was actively involved in working with youth. Chris was a math and character development instructor for a program named H.Y.P.E. (Helping Youth Prepare Effectively) in which he tutored 7th and 8th grade students in math. He also instructed character development courses in which he led discussions on numerous topics such as education, having goals, the importance of working hard, and many other topics.
Chris attended Mansfield University on a partial basketball scholarship. While in college he was one of the top 3-point shooters in the PSAC and nationally. At the end of his college career, he ended up as one of the all-time career three pointer shooters in Mansfield history. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in Psychology and concentration in Human Resource Management. While in college during his summer breaks of school, Chris would come back and coach middle school students for an organization named C.A.N. (Cheltenham Achievement Network) in basketball leagues/tournaments throughout the city of Philadelphia. He was once a member of this organization which he felt was instrumental to his success in athletics and pursuing higher education. This organization is one of the many influences that inspired him to form an organization that will combine athletics, education, and character development. Chris’ goal is not only to get young athletes to learn the value of hard work to perform at a high level, but encourage the same effort of achievement in education.
Fewer than 2 percent of NCAA student-athletes go on to be professional athletes. In reality, most student-athletes depend on academics to prepare them for life after college. Education is important. There are nearly half a million NCAA student-athletes, and most of them will go pro in something other than sports.
We prepare our participants for both.
Investing in today's youth to inspire them to invest in their schools and communities as they have a positive impact on those they encounter.
Programs and activities designed to inspire, empower, equip and assist young people in developing and mapping out a plan for their future.