H.O.P.E or Helping Overcome Past Experiences was developed with the understanding of the devastating effects Adverse Childhood Experiences can have on the development of children. Research including Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk's book "The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma" and many other in depth papers were resourced in discovering what it takes to heal childhood trauma.


With this knowledge in mind we set out to create a program to build resiliency in an effort to counteract those negative experiences.


Building Resiliency

Building resiliency through neural-plasticity is our primary goal when working with distressed kids. Once we allow their mind to relax (through building resiliency) behavior, grades and attitude begin to improve.


The Resiliency Principles





5 minutes of daily, focused, deep belly breathing has been shown to increase grey matter in the brain repairing damage that traumatic stress causes to the Amygdala (emotions & Memory), Hippocampus (Learning & Memory), and the Prefrontal Cortex (Emotional Regulation)

 Positive Relationships


Creating a Safe, Stable & Nurturing Relationship sets the stage for healthy future relationships by rebuilding the idea of what one looks like. A mentor to give direction, friends to laugh with and a positive social environment provide an excellent model.

Feelings of



Conversation is the connection. Remembering small details can go a long way in showing that you are invested in a person. A connection builds trust and allows a person to relax releasing them from the fight or flight state.




Exercise produces endorphins which counter act the stress hormone Cortisol. Reducing anxiety is a key component in building resiliency. Distress/anxiety limits the capacity in working memory to process learning. Reducing anxiety also improves emotional regulation

How do we apply these principles?


The H.O.P.E program accepts children as young as 5 years old up to 18 years old. While the way we apply many of the principles will be consistent for all age groups, different applications are implemented for our older kids.

5-8 Year Olds

Coaches help develop self confidence through consistant positive reinforcement, being an assertive positive role model and giving the child an opportunity to open up using their strengths.

9-13 Year Olds

This age group is introduced to an AzCC Advisor. The Advisors goal is to create an additional mentor relationship and introduce Resiliency Principles outside of the sport. The advisors role is to build a bond and introduce the principles as someone the child can look to as an example. 

14-18 Year Olds

At this age group we begin to prep them for their future. Introduction to deeper ideas to expand their mindset to realize that their past doesn't need to dictate their future. An Advisor plants seeds that accomplishment, success and knowledge are possible for them and help establish goals for them to work towards.

The H.O.P.E program is a very in depth program that not only repairs the connection between the brain and the mind but also builds confidence by empowering the child to make a connection to their body. All three of these connections are crucial in healing trauma.

Trauma manifests itself in many behavioral issues that usually limit the child's ability to learn and integrate into their classroom environment. Distress kills learning, when chronic anxiety or anger intrude on a childs life, less capacity is available in working memory to process learning. Once the Body, Mind, Brain connection is restored learning can begin to take place.


Give the Gift of Sport

Studies have shown for every $1 spent on a distressed childs well being there is a 7 fold return to society through out their lifetime; Increased earning potential = more tax dollars, less reliance on government assistance and reduction of incarceration rates.


Give the gift of sport and change a kids life forever!

AzCCs' tax identification number is 83-4161137.

15331 W. Bell Rd Ste 212

Surprise, Az 85374

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