Arnold Schwarzenegger is appointed to the President’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports. Schwarzenegger serves as Chairman from 1990-1993 and travels to schools in all 50 states to promote physical fitness. This experience leads him on a crusade to change kids’ lives.
Inner-City Games (ICG) is founded, bringing sports to at-risk youth as a way to build self-confidence, self-reliance and camaraderie among inner-city youth. Schwarzenegger becomes the Executive Commissioner of the Inner-City Games. From 1995-2001, ICG expands its after-school program into 8 cities across the country, including Columbus, OH (2000). In 2002, ICG conducts a national contest to find a new name that is more representative of the after-school program. ICG officially becomes After-School All-Stars.
ASAS National develops four national initiatives designed to address the most pressing issues facing youth – transitioning from middle school to high school (We Are Ready), anti-obesity & healthy living (Sports as a Hook), college & career exploration (CampUs) and leadership development & community engagement (Life Service Action). Supporting the mission & vision of ASAS, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Devin Harris start Camp Hoop Heroes, a co-ed basketball-based youth mentoring camp.
The Ohio Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives provides funding to ASAS Columbus allowing it to expand its programming into other Ohio cities, making it the first ASAS chapter to go statewide. In 2012, ASAS Columbus officially changes its name to ASAS Ohio.