The Goals of Texas Youth Boosters

Suzanne Itani has spent the last six years as chief executive officer of International Exports, Inc., in Houston, Texas. Suzanne Itani is highly active with local philanthropic organizations, including Texas Youth Boosters.

A not-for-profit athletics group, Texas Youth Boosters (TYB), Inc., uses a variety of organized recreational sports leagues to shape the minds of youths throughout the Houston area. The organization strives to develop confidence and strong moral character in children and teens by equating athletic competition with the challenges of everyday life.

TYB sports leagues operate with four specific goals in mind for youth participants. The primary objective is to simply allow kids to enjoy themselves while competing in safe, structured environments. The organization is also involved in combating national obesity levels by emphasizing physical activity over watching television or spending time on the Internet.

All individuals engaged in TYB league operations, from adult mentors to the adolescent participants, are tasked with maintaining motivation and commitment to the TYB mission of personal growth and team success. Finally, league coaches are encouraged to use games and practices as valuable teaching opportunities. Youths associated with TYB learn how to overcome difficult circumstances, cooperate and communicate with others, accept responsibility for themselves, and much more.