Edgar Welden, Founder and President of the Birmingham Athletic Partnership is the brainchild behind this non-profit 501 (c) corporation founded in March 2002 and is dedicated to assisting the Birmingham city public middle and high school's athletic, cheerleading and band programs. BAP is committed to be a resource that will enhance the athletic departments' abilities to provide the necessary leadership, education, facilities and equipment to assure that students have opportunities to excel in their interest in sports and related extra-curricular activities.
Why Our Mission is So Important...
Reduced funding for public schools has greatly affected the athletic departments and their programs. In an effort to enhance the programs, BAP will help coaches and teachers by providing resources to them that have not been available in the past. BAP believes that participation in sports and related activities will teach and instill discipline, pride, self-esteem, and the motivation to successfully complete the academic courses necessary for high school graduation, and will encourage students to continue their education.
In order to participate, a student-athlete assisted through BAP must attend class regularly and maintain a 70 average. Sports and related activities give them motivation to do so. Therefore, BAP believes these motivational avenues are positive means to their receiving an education.