Every child deserves a chance.

  • underprivileged children in at-risk neighborhoods Los Angeles
  • We use athletics as a vehicle to give young people a stronger sense of self-esteem
  • Coach Derek teaches sports fundamentals to disadvantaged children of poverty
  • Lets Give Them A Shot is a non-profit 501(C-3) organization
  • Our Mission

    To coach, mentor and empower at-risk youth in Los Angeles to lead healthy and positive lives through sports instruction, employment and college preparation.

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Let's Give Them a Shot Testimonials
Bonnie Kerker

" Coach Derek and his team have been coaching my son since he was two years old. He is nearly six now and in the last four years Will has not only learned and developed sports skills but he's learned how much fun he can have while working hard and doing his best.

Coach Derek and his team are not only outstanding supportive teachers but wonderful role models that have only had a positive influence on my son and our family."

Derek Locklear has turned his love of children and his desire to help underprivileged children into a winning combination for every child lucky enough to be coached by him.

Read what parents of kids in his CDI classes have to say about Coach Derek:

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"Coach Derek is not only an amazing coach, he truly cares about the children and making a difference in their lives. The Let's Give Them A Shot program has already touched many lives. After school programs are vital for underprivileged children.

By providing these classes at no cost, Let's Give Them a Shot is enabling all children to participate. These classes will not only help keep kids off the street after school, but will give them confidence."

Colin Kaiser

"Let's Give Them a Shot is making a difference in the lives of local youth by donating resources to schools that cannot afford to provide what many of us consider basic services.

Through Let's Give Them a Shot these children are learning valuable life lessons that are going to carry on with them for many years to come."