Gifted Athletes: Healthy Active Kids

Gifted Athletes is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

Mission Statement: Be Active. Stay Active.

Who: Coach Ru (Omar Ruvalcaba) is a youth coach, varsity football coach at ECS and director of Gifted Athletes. Coach Ru has been teaching youth sports for over 20 years.

What: Gifted Athletes was founded in 2015 as a homeschool P.E. program. Today, Gifted Athletes has evolved into a healthy active lifestyle program to reach all youths in the Memphis area.

Why: Coach Ru’s vision is to develop, train and inspire all youths in the Memphis area to “Be Active and Stay Active.”

What We Offer: 

Our program will inspire an active lifestyle in youths. There are no requirements to be athletic. Our program is designed to promote a long-term love of active living in youths.

Foundational Program for Long-Term Active Development: 

  • The Build Up Class (Ages K-12)

Our build up class is a 45-minute foundational class to enhance the three areas in our bodies for healthy development; strength (legs and arms,) core (abdominal), agility (flexibility, balance and control).

Physical Education:

  • Homeschool P.E. Classes (Ages K-12)

Our P.E. classes began in 2015 with 9 students. Pre-Covid, we were teaching 200 homeschool students a week. Due to Covid we have had to minimize class sizes, but we still teach a solid number of homeschool students on a weekly basis.

Our homeschool P.E. class is a structured one-hour class taught three times a week, which consists of basic sport fundamentals such as soccer, baseball, track and field, and also agility and conditioning.

Contract Instructor: 

  • Coach Ru currently serves as a contract instructor with a local nonprofit school. He teaches foundational classes on a weekly basis to students ages 5-15. If you would like to speak with Coach Ru about coming to your school or location please use the contact page. In addition, Coach Ru teaches homeschool P.E. to a local homeschool tutorial on weekly basis.


Gifted Athletes is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. If you would like to donate to our program please donate below. Our EIN is- 83- 1078794