Support the Drills and Skills Program

The Drills and Skills concept was first envisioned in 1991 by James Hampton, the Recreational Specialist for the Rainier Community Centers Late Night Program under the leadership of Reco Bembry.  While working predominantly with Middle and High School aged youth in the South District of Seattle, Mr. Hampton noticed a large number of students who wanted to get involved in positive activities but who didn’t connect with the programs the community currently offered them.  If these youth were given the option to either participate in an after school enrichment program or just hang out on the corner the students would almost always choose the corner- even though they knew it was not a safe or smart thing to do.

James felt that if he could connect these students' recreational interests while at the same time engaging them in structured, curriculum-based activities, they could gain successful life skills.  Thus the model for Drills and Skills was created, connecting the dots between recreation and education as a model for success with at-risk youth.

Dear sir or madam,

Drills and Skills is a dynamic, diverse and empowering program. Celebrating our 35th year, we are recognized for our outstanding sports training, Leadership Developing, cultural diversity and openness to people from all walks of life. 

  • Served over 5,600 youth in the past 30 years.
  • Our youth come from many zip codes and represent a variety of faith traditions and cultural and family backgrounds. 
  • Over 90% are children of color. 

Our goal has always been to provide a quality program at a very low cost to families.  We hope you will consider partnering with a us by donating to our program.  No amount is to small.

Thank you for your consideration and support. 

Meet the Team

James E. Hamptom

James Hampton

Founder & CEO


Maxine Sarmiento

Agility Coach

Eddie Miles

Eddie Miles

Educational Coach


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Rakiyah Jackson

Registration Coach


Barinda Sandu

Leadership Coach

As we kick off the restart of the Drills and Skills Program, I would like to thank you for supporting our program. This year officially marks the 11th anniversary of the Foundation. All we have been able to do would not have been possible without the support of parents like you. Thanks to Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club, Seattle Parks Department and parent donations, we are able to run programs at  different locations giving access to kids in many of the surrounding areas. With your donations, we are able to buy new equipment, pay for transportation to and from our varied site locations and provide meals during our sessions. I am asking parents and supporters of the Drills and Skills Program to please make a donation to support our youth through the Aaron Brooks Foundation. Your donation will help support the growth of our youth. We are dedicated to our mission of helping the youth of our community grow athletically and also in the classroom. Thank you in advance for your donation and dedication toward the success of our program.