Grizzlies Foundation launch TEAMmates program

Posted by Eric Bleier on December 31, 1969

What is the TEAMmates Initiative?
The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting individuals who serve as mentors to young people with our partner programs. These individuals devote tremendous time and energy to the well-being and social, emotional and intellectual growth of the young people they mentor. Research shows that youth who participate in long-term relationships with mentors yield the most significant outcomes.

TEAMmates is an effort to stay connected to those individuals who sign up to mentor through the Grizzlies. We will communicate with mentors, host special educational and social events for mentors and provide recognition to mentors to ensure they feel their time mentoring is well used and appreciated and feel a connection with mentors in Memphis.

Who can participate as a TEAMmate?
Any person who fills out an interest form at teamupmemphis.org or at a Grizzlies Foundation presentation and becomes a mentor with a Foundation partner program may participate. Also, any person currently mentoring with a Foundation partner program may opt in to the program by contacting the Grizzlies Foundation at mentor@grizzlies.com or 901-205-8326.

What is included for TEAMmates?
There are monthly social events for mentors that include, but are not limited to: happy hours at area restaurants; tickets to Grizzlies “Mentoring Nights;” opportunities to win premium seats at Grizzlies “Mentor Mondays” home games; and invitations to hear special guest speakers like Grizzlies coaches, players, ownership and other high profile speakers.

In addition to social events, TEAMmates receive invitations to monthly Memphis Mentoring Partnership training and educational sessions taught by experts to help mentors learn how to build better relationships with mentees.

There are invitations to TEAMmates to tell others of their experiences as mentors at Grizzlies Foundation speaking events or via Grizzlies Foundation website.

Is there a deadline to enroll in TEAMmates?
There is no deadline. Mentors who are first referred by the Grizzlies Foundation to mentoring program partners are invited to enroll. Any mentor with a Grizzlies Foundation partner may enroll anytime.

Why join TEAMmates?
Why not? TEAM UP with the Grizzlies is about being part of a team, a movement that helps kids in Memphis and offers mentors a chance to network with each other. There is no cost to join and we provide many unique opportunities and ongoing support to make the mentoring experience even more fun and rewarding.

How to join
If you are currently mentoring with a Grizzlies Foundation program partner contact us at mentor@grizzlies.com or call 901-205-8326.

If you are interested in learning about opportunities for mentoring and joining TEAMmates visit www.teamupmemphis.org and complete the brief mentor interest form and we will contact you.

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The Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation is committed to serving Memphis youth through education and mentoring.