Gary + True Life Sports

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. This scripture really sums up the vision , founder Gary Barnes has for his unique Nashville non-profit, True Life Sports. Their goal – to become the premier 7 on 7 football team in the nation.  To sum it up, this organization gives your youth a great way to hone their football skills and team building that will help them in their life’s journey. 
7 on 7 non-contact way to play football. It is all passing, played on a 40-yard field plus end zone, and allows scoring both on the offense and defense. Passing is now the feature offense, and thus defense, of most teams. Passing and catching take a great deal of practice to master. Participating in a 7-on-7 league offers athletes an exceptional, competitive way to hone their skills

Gary was inspired to start True Life Sports when he began showing his own son how to play the game of football.  As a dad he tried to stay on the sidelines but realized his son needed his help. With his help his son started to get better and other parents from the team noticed the great improvements. He began to help the other youth athletes as many of the parents were single mom’s that were not sure how to help their kids get to the next level, in the right summer camp program, etc. This was the spark he needed to start making smarter decisions to continue helping these youth progress and True Life Sports was born.



Why you will love True Life Sports:

Gary’s passion for True Life Sports is infectious and will get you amped to either want your kid involved or to volunteer your own time in making a difference.  Growing up with out a father in his life, has really been a huge motivator for him to be the best father, husband and community servant. Gary knows that most boys need strong men in their lives, and True Life Sports provides this  through the father figures that are a part of the program. Young girls can also benefit from their program through their partnership with Sister Girls.  True Life Sports is also not just focused on football.  They will help connect each one of the kids in their program to the right mentors in whatever field they express interest. The organization actually boasts a healthy rolodex of professionals, mentors and organizations in the city that believe in their mission.  

For parents looking to take advantage of the 7 on 7 program for their child, joining is a simple membership approach and additional information can be found at

Connect With True Life Sports:


Facebook: Truelifesports Barnes

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