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Iowa Youth Athletics Foundation


Young people have a passion for whatever you do in life. Have a passion for what you do. And impact other people. I have three questions for each of you to ask of yourself, #1 - do you care about other people? #2 - can people trust you, and #3 - are you committed to excellence in every phase of your life. These three questions say alot about the type of person you are.


- Ed Thomas

Based in Ames, Iowa Youth Athletics Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides facilities and financial aid for youth athletic programs that develop and inspire the next generation of leaders. Our goal is to partner with programs to help boys and girls be disciplined and to work hard while emphasizing fundamental skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life…not just in athletics.

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There is no better feeling than making an impact on a young persons life.  Young people today are being shaped into the men and women that they will become at a very young age. They are vulnerable to their surroundings, but at the same time, if taught correctly, they have the abilities to learn many things that will have an impact on their futures.

IYAF is continually looking to partner with new companies each year. We can provide great exposure and visuals for your company, but more importantly your partnership is helping change the lives of many youth throughout the state of Iowa.

I’ve grown so much from this program. For me, All Iowa Attack epitomizes what AAU basketball should be – Increasing my knowledge in the game of basketball and developing lifelong skills that I will use long after I take off my basketball shoes. During practices words like ‘work hard’, ‘focus’, and ‘selflessness’ were used a lot last year, but with good reason. All of this is done in such a positive environment. I feel as though Dickson’s gym is my sanctuary…


- Harrison Barnes (as an 8th grader)

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