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The Manuel “Fresh” Spann OPEN HEART Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Manuel “Fresh” Spann, whose soul transitioned in 2017.


Manuel's family, SPS Fitness and KYDS established this scholarship to commemorate all of the unconditional love, passion, and hope Manuel had for the students of Asbury Park High School during his time as a Behavioral Specialist for the school-based program called "The Spot".

Known to many as Manny "Fresh," he had an unwavering passion for every student he worked with.


His contagious laugh and kind spirit embodied the very essence of his friendship with one of his best friend's from high school, KYDS co-founder Rodney, as they worked together closely in Asbury Park High School.

Through Manny's commitment to students, the goal of this scholarship is to promote the mission of KYDS by showing youth the importance of living a BALANCED life in MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT.

This balance is the key to success in every facet of life, and in any field, they desire to pursue. With good health, a strong mind, and a nurtured soul, one can overcome any obstacle and THRIVE!


This year's scholarship will be awarded to students who:

  1. Are graduating in June 2022 from either:

    • Asbury Park High School

    • Neptune High School

    • Academy Charter High School

    • Monmouth Regional High School

  2. AND have been accepted to & will be attending a college, university, or trade school

  3. AND fully participate in KYDS Scholarship Workshop


The deadline to apply is May 14th, 2022


Thank you to Luz & Anthony Labato, Collis Spann, and The SPS Fitness family for the funds donated to make this scholarship possible!

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