Sian Cotton poses with mentees after talking about the importance of getting an education.

Sian Cotton poses with mentees after talking about the importance of education.

As a part of  SAYM’s ongoing mission to get mentees to  “AIM”  for academic excellence and to stay in school, on Tuesday, April 25, 2014, Sian Cotton, a former basketball and football star at St. Vincent-St. Mary High school (and friend and high school teammate of former St. V star and NBA star, Lebron James) spoke to the mentees.  Sian, who also played for Vincent Curry, during his tenure as Arlington Christian Academy’s boys basketball coach, shared from his heart about the importance of taking education seriously.  He  shared from his own life and how there were times he was not as focused on the books as he should have been and that the distractions caused him to  miss out on some opportunities.  He mentioned that he lost a chance to play football at Notre Dame because his grade point average was not high enough to meet Notre Dame’s academic standards.   He noted that many of the mentees may not  like school, but that it was important to stay in school and get good grades because in the game of life the rules are set to favor those who get an education.  Sian told them that those who don’t get an education are easily screened out and are not given the same opportunities as those who do get an education.

Don thanks Sian for sharing with the group.

Donald Breece thanks Sian for sharing with the group.

Sian told the mentees that life will bring adversity, some self-inflicted and some just because that is the way life is – there was a time when he could have given up and quit because things at Ohio State University, where he went after graduation, were not going as well as he wanted.  Instead of giving up, he found new life and continued his collegiate career at Walsh University.  I discovered that he was so committed to this goal that he missed the premiere of the movie More Than A Game (which was about his high school team’s  basketball experiences at St V) which conflicted with one of his activities at Walsh.

Sian poses with his former coach middle school basketball coach, Vincent Curry.

Sian poses with his former coach middle school basketball coach, Vincent Curry.

Of course, with him being a friend and former teammate of Lebron, there were numerous questions about Lebron and basketball, but at the end of the day, the points that  Sian made to the mentees were 1) Play the game of education to win 2) If you fall down and mess up. Don’t stay down. Get up.  3) Believe in yourself even when others do not  4) People will talk about you, but you don’t have to respond.  Don’t get distracted responding to the haters.  5) Staying in school and pursuing an education has opened many doors for him (i.e Being able to meet former president, Bill Clinton).






4th Annual Golf Scramble

Dear SAYM supporter,

South Akron Youth Mentorship requests the honor of your presence at our Fourth Annual Golf Event to be held on Monday June 16th at Ohio Prestwick Country Club.

Sponsorship and Registration Form

The SAYM vision “to break generational poverty, one heart at a time” cannot succeed without friends and supporters such as you.


Attendance at our mentoring programs has grown ten percent in the last year, and we are needing to purchase our fourth 15 passenger van to accommodate our growth.  Academic Incentive for Mentees (AIM) has paid out over $3,000 to high school students and significantly improved academic performance, a key component for future success. Our Youth Employment Program (YEP) initiative allows our students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at facilities and churches with whom we are affiliated, while SAYM pays the students’ wages and provides employable training in areas such as conflict resolution, personal finance, and personal and social media etiquette.

golf-scramblePlease support the SAYM  mission “to transform worldview perspective from societal dependence to personal independence through application of Biblical principles, importance of education, necessity of excellence in vocational efforts, and life skills mentoring.”

The range opens and registration begins at 10am, lunch at 11am,  and shotgun start is at noon. Dinner begins at 4:30 pm in the ballroom with over $10,000 of raffle and silent auction prizes to be won. Cash bar available  all day.


Please read some of our blog posts about all the wonderful happenings God is doing with these children ages 5 through19 who live in our focused mission field along the Arlington Road corridor.

Please contact Donald C. Breece, Golf Chairman, if you have prizes which you would like to donate.

We press on.


Donald C. Breece
Golf Chairman

Saymmy Girls Go Skating

Elem Girls RS Event 2-22-14

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HS Boys Get Drilled at YBPC Event

HS Boys at YBPC event H 2-17-14

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Mr Don CW B 1-15-14

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Justice, a mentee, who is a sophomore at East Community Learning Center, joined a bus load of students from other Akron high schools to attend a college fair at Ohio State University.  One of SAYM's goals is to encourage mentees to use education as a … [Continue reading]