The Ole Miss Football Team teaches the R.E.A.L. Man Program to their players, so we decided to give them a grant. This grant would allow for the organization to have scheduled team dinners in which they would have the opportunity to continue learning the R.E.A.L. Man Program with their fellow teammates.

43.) July, 2020 Jhi Nichols (Indian River H.S., Chesapeake, VA)

42.) July, 2020  Melissa Valentin (Fort Pierce Central H.S., Fort Pierce, FL)

41.) July, 2020 Camryn Davis (Fort Pierce Central H.S., Fort Pierce, FL)

40.) April, 2020 Elijah Hammonds (Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL)

39.) July, 2019 Damari Owens (Indian River H.S., Chesapeake, VA)

​38.) July, 2019 Symien Jemison (Avon Old Farms, Avon, CT)

37.) July, 2019 Ravion Henry (Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL)

​36.) March, 2019 Cory Hamilton (Dwyer H.S., Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

35.) August, 2018 Symien Jemison (Avon Old Farms, Avon, CT)

34.) May, 2018 Micah May (Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL)

​33.) May, 2018 Truman Neal (South Fork H.S., Stuart, FL)

32.) April, 2018 Dylan Myrie (Torrington H.S., Torrington, CT)

​​31.) February, 2018 Dalton Hustad (Dwyer H.S., Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

30.) January, 2018 Madelyn McGovern (St Mary's Dominican H.S., New Orleans, Louisiana)

29.) May, 2017 Anthony Rosario (Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL)

28.) May, 2017 Justin Goins (Grassfield H.S., Chesapeake, VA)

27.) August, 2017 Symien Jemison (Avon Old Farms, Avon, CT)

26.) January, 2017 Les Levy (Brother Martin H.S., New Orleans, LA)

25.) January, 2017 Ricardo Edwards (Dwyer H.S., Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

24.) August, 2016 Louis Quinones (Avon Old Farms, Avon, CT)

23.) May, 2016 Antonio Penny (Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL)

22.) May, 2016 Dominic Milanese (St. John Paul II Academy, Boca Raton, FL)

21.) May, 2016 Charles Stacey( Inlet Grove Community H.S., Riviera Beach, FL)

20.) February, 2016 Torey Brown (Dwyer H.S., Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

19.) December, 2015 Chris Bologna (Holy Cross H.S., New Orleans, LA)

18.) December 2015 Riley Loria (Chalmette H.S., Chalmette, LA)

17.) November, 2015 Devon MacKey (Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL)

16.) November, 2015 Tavin Ingraham (Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL)

15.) July, 2015 Emmanuel Williams (Indian River H.S., Chesapeake, VA)

14.) August, 2015 Louis Quinones (Avon Old Farms School, Avon, CT)

13.) May, 2015  Bryson Hughes (Kapolei H.S., Kapolei, HI)

12.)February, 2015 Chase Yearty (Dwyer H.S., Palm Beach Gardens, FL)   

11.) December, 2014 Taylor Berry (Mt. Carmel Academy, New Orleans, LA)

10.) December, 2014 Conner Lambert (Chalmette H.S., Chalmette, LA)

9.) July, 2014 John Franklin (Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL)

8.) June, 2014 Zachery English (West Hall H.S., Oakwood, GA)

7.) June, 2014 Roman Puglise (Paul VI Catholic H.S., Fairfax, VA)

6.) August, 2014 Derek Kasperzyk (Avon Old Farms Schools, Avon, CT)

5.) January, 2014 Gerald Hearns (Dwyer H.S. Palm Beach Gardens, FL)

4.) December, 2013 Jordon Lacoste (Jesuit H.S., New Orleans, LA)

3.) December, 2013 Callie Lambert (Chalmette H.S., Chalmette, LA)

2.) Sept, 2013 Ronnie Howard Thomas (Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL)

1.) August, 2013 Derek Kasperzyk (Avon Old Farms School, Avon, CT)

10.) Estacado High School,   Lubbock, TX - 2017

9.) Oakdale Middle School, Rogers, AR - 2017

43 Scholarships Given to R.E.A.L. man student athletes

Established in memory of Coach Frank D.B. DiCocco (April 13, 1984 - April 30, 2013)

5.) Zimmnation Summer Enrichment Program

We are pleased to be partnering with Zimmnation's Summer enrichment program.  Based out of Waterbury, CT Zimmnation works with mentoring youth.  The R.E.A.L. Man Program is now being taught as a part of their program to guide and empower at-risk youth.

8.) West Jupiter Community CenteR, FL ​(Edna Runner Center) - 2017

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, the H.O.P.E. Foundation's directors flew to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to visit Stillman College and meet with the school's Head Football Coach, Teddy Keaton, acting President, Dr. Peter Millet, and Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Anthony Holloman, to establish an endowment in the amount of $27,500, as well as a yearly scholarship, in memory of Coach Frank D.B. DiCocco. ​​

1, 2, 3.) hartford's camp courant, 2013, 2014, 2015

Founded in 1894 by a group of Hartford Courant employees looking to make a difference for the youth of the City, Hartford’s Camp Courant now serves over 1,100 of Hartford’s children, ages five to 12, typically between 500 – 600 children per day for six weeks each summer. Hartford’s Camp Courant is the largest FREE summer day camp in the nation and is the only summer camp available to Hartford’s inner-city youth which provides transportation, preventive and acute health and social work services, two nutritious meals a day, and recreational, educational and developmental activities, all at no cost to the camper or his or her family.

As one of The H.O.P.E. Foundation's first endeavors, Camp Courant remains a very close philanthropy to which several campers are sponsored to attend annually made possible through donations to The H.O.P.E. Foundation.

7.) Central connecticut state university basketball program

We are pleased to announce that in the spring of 2017, we gave a grant to the CCSU Men's Basketball Team. This team had been teaching the R.E.A.L. Man Program for quite some time now, and as a result, were the perfect candidates for this grant. The team regularly performed their R.E.A.L. Man 2-Minute Drills before meals and during study hall, and by doing so, strengthened the interpersonal bonds with one another. The players now have a better understanding of what makes a R.E.A.L. man while learning how to ensure that they themselves are R.E.A.L. men too.

On Thursday, August 29, 2013, the H.O.P.E. Foundation's directors visited the Avon Old Farms campus and met with the school's Headmaster, Ken LaRocque, Director of Development, Dan Seiden, and Associate Director of Development, Anne Black, to establish the Coach Frank D.B. DiCocco '02 Scholarship Fund, an endowment with a current amount of $60,000The H.O.P.E. Foundation also established a yearly scholarship in memory of Coach Frank D.B. DiCocco.

17.) Girls Basketball Team @ Ft. Pierce Central HiGH School, Ft. Pierce, Florida - 2019

the shaping champions scholarship fund

Providing character development programs and need-based scholarships to schools  across the US

avon old farms school

12.) Central connecticut state university basketball program

We are pleased to announce that in the spring of 2018, we gave a second consequtive grant to the CCSU Men's Basketball Team. This team had been teaching the R.E.A.L. Man Program for years now, showing their dedication and admiration for the program and its ability to positively impact their team.

stillman college 

Our 17 Other  Sponsored Programs

15, 16.) Daniel Buggs' Winning Circle, Atlanta, GA - 2018, 2019

Students from P.S. 5 perform The Lion King​.

13, 14.) Oakdale Middle School, Rogers, AR - 2018, 2019


4.) new york city ellen lurie public school 5

​The after school program at Ellen Lurie Public School 5 of New York City performed The Lion King ​musical on June 13th, 2014. The H.O.P.E. Foundation provided a grant to the school's after school program to utilize as they saw fit, making performances like The Lion King possible.

The Foundation continues to provide grants to after school programs and camps, in addition to its scholarships.

11.) FOCUS Center for Autism, Canton, CT - 2017

"As a coach, my mission is to help raise the quality of this world, by helping to raise the quality of the individuals who live in this world."  
-Founder, Coach Frank D.B. DiCocco