Stars of tomorrow
Preparing youth today to be more successful
Ashley Montgomery | 6/5/2014, 9 a.m.
Here today, a successful adult tomorrow are the words Jemmy Jasmin, founder of Stars of Tomorrow Foundation, lives by. North Miami Beach native and Miami Edison Senior High alumnus, Jasmin says he couldn’t recall a single professional athlete that made it to the big leagues and then came back and to reach out to the youth in the community — so he set out to change that.
“Stars of Tomorrow Foundation was birthed in my mind as I was sitting in class one day reflecting on my community,” Jasmin said.
Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting with a minor in Business Administration from Central Michigan University, Jasmin decided to act on his thoughts and “make a difference in his community” — in which he succeeded.
“I wanted to show these kids that there are positive Black men that are in the community,” Jasmin said.
According to research, Black male student-athletes graduate at 5.3 percentage points lower than their same-race male peers who are not on intercollegiate sports teams. That an average of 49.8 percent of Black male student-athletes on these campuses do not graduate within six years is a major loss. Just two percent of all NCAA athletes ever play professionally.
“I want to teach these children in my Foundation and community that education is key,” Jasmin said. “Having a back-up plan is realistic and important.”
Although football was always an outlet for Jasmin — having lost his mother at a young age and never having a father figure — he says he’s still on a mission to defy the odds and make his mother proud.
For the fifth year in a row, E.J. Biggers of the Washington Redskins and AFL’s Portland Thunder’s Max Jean-Gilles teamed up with Stars of Tomorrow for Hangout Day, a weekend of events. On July 18, the 3rd annual Hangout Day Celebrity Charity Basketball Game will be held at North Miami Beach Senior High School. Several NFL players, celebrities and other well-known personalities are expected to be in attendance. On July 19, the 5th annual NFL Youth Football and Cheerleading Clinic will be held at Patricia A. Mischon Athletic Field from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Over 20 NFL players and five professional cheerleaders are expected to attend.
“The event is free and on-site registration begins at 8 a.m. and we will immediately go into a day full of events,” Jasmin said.
Jean-Gilles, co-founder of Hangout Day says that he understands that he has a responsibility to fulfill being a professional athlete.
“This event is growing bigger and bigger and we want to take this entire weekend of events to another level,” he said. “If my friends and I are role models, then we have no choice but to be proactive about it.”
Funding for Handout Day is mostly out-of-pocket yet sponsors and donations are always contributed and accepted.
“Cool J’s has played a huge role in Hangout Day, so has ONE Coconut Water, Walgreens, the City of North Miami Beach, South Promo and Kind Healthy Snack Bars,” Jasmin said this event would not be possible if it weren’t for community support. He currently has a full staff and dozens of volunteers to help with the events.
“No child will be turned away — my team and I believe that, ‘teamwork makes the dream work,’” he said.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation will be providing free screenings for adults. Also, Feeding South Florida will be providing 10,000 pounds of produce to participants.
Stars of Tomorrow Inc. was founded in 2010 and is committed to providing a stable foundation and secure environment to less fortunate youth around the globe.
“I’m looking forward to Hangout Day becoming National Hangout Day,” Jasmine said.
For more information, visit starsoftomorrowfoundation.org.