Memphis Athletic Ministries

Love God. Love Others. Love Self.

Mission and Vision

MAM’s mission is to help build godly youth in under-resourced neighborhoods by teaching them to love God, love others and love themselves. Our vision is to develop youth into Christ-centered, productive adults, positively impacting their families and neighborhoods.


“Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22: 37-39


Core Values

    • Christ-centered, relational ministry – We model/glorify Christ in/through relationships we build.
    • Urban youth focus – We serve youth and their families in under-resourced neighborhoods.
    • Loving/safe/fun environment – We create a safe haven for youth to grow and develop.
    • Holistic development programming – We build the body, mind and spirit of our youth.
    • Godly community influence – We impact our city through the power of the gospel.

Our Solution

MAM provides year-round, Christ-centered mentoring programs with well-trained staff to youth, ages 8 to 18, through eight centers in disadvantaged neighborhoods. This is done in partnership with families, schools and other community organizations.

Our solution includes:

  1. Attracting participation by using organized sports to draw at-risk neighborhood youth to MAM centers.
  2. Creating a nurturing environment through small mentoring groups led by MAM staff at each neighborhood center to share the love of Jesus Christ and foster healthy relationships.
  3. Providing comprehensive programs that address the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of youth.
  4. Promoting community involvement by organizing community-wide sports activities throughout Shelby County in order to bring about socio-economic and racial reconciliation.

MAM Programs

MAM uses a variety of means to attract youth into our centers and introduce them to the life-changing power of the Gospel. Our Christ-centered programs are used to teach life lessons and help our youth grow in their faith.

Learn More About Programs

Give or Volunteer

We work tirelessly to develop Memphis inner city youth into a generation of spiritually strong, productive adults and invite you to join us in our quest. Whether you are able to give, volunteer or pray, there are many ways to get involved and make an impact.