Austin Comets Athletics is a sports fraternity that provides mentorship for youth to develop their skills, health and moral character for the welfare and well-being of the general public.
With initial financial commitments from his own personal income, Lorne Massie founded the Metro Mentorship Initiative (EIN: 27-4083907) in 2010 which is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Lorne formed this organization out of a common belief that many people in their community lacked meaningful mentoring relationships that could help with guidance and direction. Board members of the Metro Mentorship Initiative developed Austin Comets Athletics, the subsidiary flagship program, in the winter of the 2011 year. The program is a mentoring sports club that provides a high quality athletic program for urban youth that allows them to compete and pursue excellence in the development of their skills, health and moral character. Since its implementation in 2013, Austin Comets Athletics has served many youth (50+) for over 5 years in the Austin neighborhood.
Our agency is comprised of executive, managerial and young entry level professionals who truly have a passion to come together as an effective team and work with youth and children between the ages of 5-21. The board chairmen and it’s members provide strategic leadership in operations and fundraising. Volunteers who commit to our organization are the most vital part of our success.
The Austin Comets Athletics is a powerful organization that truly understands how to connect and mentor the youth. It was such a pleasure working with everyone and getting a chance to meet some wonderful people.
I was unbelievably surprised at the commitment that the Metro Mentorship Initiative, through the Austin Comets Athletic program, has to lift up at-risk youths in the Austin Neighborhood. They truly 'walk the walk' and live what they teach. I was lucky enough to find Coach Massie last year and participate with him and Coach Murray in the basketball program. Basketball is the vehicle, but mentorship is the goal. These men are inspirational to me, by both their actions and words. Again, they truly live what they teach. And what they teach is respect, pride, self-control, and leadership. I consider myself fortunate to have found a group making a difference. Yes, the basketball is great, and I love that part of it. But connecting with the kids is the key. And Coach Massie and Murray have created an environment that is safe for these kids to express themselves and build themselves into young men. This organization is outstanding, and I am honored to call these men my brothers.