Our History

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Metro Mentorship Initiative was created in the fall of 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. This parent organization was formed out of a common belief that many people in their community lacked meaningful mentoring relationships that could help with guidance and direction. Determined to make a difference, from 2011-2012 Lorne F. Massie put together a plan to legitimize his efforts of providing mentors who could make an innovative impact in the urban community. With initial financial commitments from his own income, Lorne founded Metro Mentorship Initiative as a non-profit IRS 501 (c)(3) corporation.

      Through the development of our organization, the staff continues to carry out Metro Mentorship Initiative’s vision. Metro Mentorship Initiative currently operates Austin Comets Athletics  as it’s subsidiary flagship program and since its inception, has served many youth while expanding its scope of services. We took the time to highlight the great milestones over the past few years:

 

2012-2013 Athletic Year

1.  Received it’s first donation as seed money from Mr. Terrell and Jackie Boyd.

2.  AAU basketball club was opened with 8 members.

3.  Participants played in the first tournament (3 games) in club history in Aurora, IL.

4.  A new website developed for the sports club with online registration.

5.  The Club had it’s first team outing (player’s breakfast at a coaches house).

6.  The Club created a new team newsletter, brochures and business cards.

7.  Austin Comets Athletics received its official tax-exempt status.

8.  The Club completed it’s first pilot year for 8 months.

9.  The Club became an American Red Cross Licensed Provider for CPR/First Aid.

10.  Austin Comets hosted it’s first annual corporate board meeting.

 

2013-2014 Athletic Year

1.  The Club hosted the first parent informational meeting.

2.  Additional volunteers were implemented into the Comets staff.

3.  The Club hosted it’s first basketball coaches outings and in-service trainings.

4.  The Club served a population of 20+ kids during basketball season.

5.  Additional donations from several partners and sponsors for support of the club.

6.  First Annual Awards Banquet took place in September.

7.  The AAU basketball club competed in 6 (3-game) regular season tournaments.

8.  Administrators opened an online team store on the team website.

9.  Austin Comets Athletics started it’s first official annual fundraiser.

10.  The 2014 Comets AAU basketball team finished the season with an 12-6 record.

 

2014-2015 Athletic Year

1.  45 Students participated in our open run tryouts in the beginning of the year.

2.  Participated in our first Team Photo that showcased our athletes.

3.  Completed our first promotional video which highlighted our activities.

4.  The AAU basketball club competed in 8 (3-game) regular season tournaments.

5.  Purchased new practice uniforms for the boys basketball team.

6.  The 2014 Comets AAU basketball team finished the season with an 12-12 record.

7.  Lorne Massie becomes the Head Varsity Boys B-Ball Coach of Golder College Prep.

8.  Metro Mentorship Initiative becomes an affiliate organization of The Turn Center Inc.

9.  Coach Dan Schlossberg becomes an Assistant Coach for Roosevelt University.

10. Austin Comets sponsors boys basketball teams for Golder College Prep students.

 

2015-2016 Athletic Year

1.  45 Students participated in our open run tryouts in the beginning of the year.

2.  Participated in our first Team Photo that showcased our athletes.

3.  Completed our first promotional video which highlighted our activities.

 

 

2016-2017 Athletic Year

1.  45 Students participated in our open run tryouts in the beginning of the year.

2.  Participated in our first Team Photo that showcased our athletes.

3.  Completed our first promotional video which highlighted our activities.