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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, and has been awarded to 17 students.


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 friends 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!


Scholarships are awarded to students who:

  1. Are graduating from either: Asbury Park High SchoolRed Bank Regional High SchoolLong Branch High SchoolKeansburg High SchoolColts Neck High SchoolHowell High School, or Marlboro High School.

  2. Will be attending a college/university or trade school

Stay tuned for the class of 2024 scholarship application!

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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