The mission of Lift Us Up Sports & Programs is to build, unite and empower youth throughout San Bernardino, California to achieve their full potential through uplifting sports. Through the youth physical fitness program, we inspire kids through their disadvantages to accomplish their dreams and reach their potential. We help provide the tools for youth to live responsibly, make healthy smart choices, and live productive lives.
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Coach, Founder, and Program Director
Coach Greg Battle’s passion is to improve the community by helping local youth become better students, athletes, and members of society through Lift Us Sport and Programs, a nonprofit organization he founded in 2007. Coach Battle’s entrepreneurial spirit also led him to launch Cellular Depot, an authorized dealer and distributer of cell phones located in the Waterman Discount Mall. Battle has coached and trained children in various sports activities since 2000. He and his family have lived in San Bernardino since 1992 and are active members of the community.
Coach and Assistant Program Director
Coach Dion Taylor joined Lift Us Up Sports & Programs in 2011. When he’s not coaching football teams, he is contacting schools and parents regarding children’s academics and behavior, and organizing parents and staff for community events and fundraisers. Coach Taylor leads the San Bernardino Chargers Youth Football League, which he founded in 2014.
Raised by a single mom in Compton and South Central Los Angeles, Taylor is well acquainted with the challenges his student athletes face in the inner city of San Bernardino—a town safer than only 4% of the cities in the U.S., according to neighborhoodscout.com. Taylor says, “I faced many of the obstacles these kids face today. I know there are barriers to overcome in the community that can be knocked down through education, discipline, hard work, and most of all, love.”
Taylor is passionate about being a role model to youth by demonstrating how they can rise above their circumstances, guided by someone who cares deeply for them. He loves impacting elementary-school aged children because they are moldable and teachable. “It is easier to proactively impact them at an early age than to try to change them in their teenage years,” he says. “Teach and influence them before they learn how to be prejudiced or learn how to limit their own opportunities.” Taylor gets tremendous satisfaction out of seeing a life change. “Just to see happiness… I love what I do.”
Taylor obtained his GED from San Bernardino Adult School and later attended San Bernardino Valley College where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration. He transferred to the University of Redlands School of Business where he earned is B.S. in Business and is currently working on his M.A. in Management. Taylor is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish.
Taylor resides in San Bernardino with his wife and nine children. He is a member of the African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) in the San Bernardino Unified School District, where Taylor says, “Our goal is to inform parents of resources that are available in the community to enhance their children’s education, as well as getting them involved in education planning for their children.”