"Building Character Through Sports"



"The tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior; especially into criminal behavior."

Young adults, ages 18 to 25, are most susceptible to recidivism. 42% of Black males in Waterloo, IA will end up re-committing a crime.

The recidivism rate is 34% in Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Nationally, the recidivism rate just one year after being released from prison is 56.7% according to the National Institute of Justice website.

Nearly half of African-American offenders released to supervisors in Iowa are supervised in Des Moines and Waterloo, according to the Iowa DOC website.

In 2016, on average, it cost $38,602/youth per year for residential treatment in the state of Iowa.

Mentoring relationships with youth in the juvenile system have an 82% chance the program will produce benefits greater than the costs, according to the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.


Get to know the people dedicated to the success of the Hail Mary Project.


The Hail Mary Project promotes resilience, brotherhood, respect, and accountability. Our target population consists of students who are considered at-risk for delinquency based on a variety of factors. We provide opportunities to kids who wouldn’t get to participate in activities like these because of costs associated, and several other factors. Working in conjunction with personnel from various agencies, we’ve developed a program that encompasses physical exercise, team work, relationship building, mentoring, role modeling, and an educational piece all into one! The foundation is geared toward football, however the training is universal for many sports such as soccer, basketball, and even baseball. The Cedar Valley Sportsplex is our host facility, currently where our activities take place.


I know what this sport could do and what this could mean to somebody so it's fun to see that happen.
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Alfonzo Lambert

UNI Football Player
Just to be more positive, because everybody here is positive and wants you to do well. Like if you drop the ball, you know they want you to get back up and try again.
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Elijah Spicer

'Cause it lets out all my anger and it helps me with sports too and get muscles.
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Quatez Hill-Watson



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