Athleadership Logistics

Athletes are positioned to be very effective leaders. Sports teams can play pivotal roles in a school, neighborhood, and beyond. Athletes are automatic role models; unfortunately, too often they are not positive role models, instead demonstrating characteristics like arrogance, disrespect, unruly behavior and even bullying.

Many programs offer academic support for athletes, Athleadership is a program designed to develop positivity and personal responsibility, confidence and compassion, self-awareness and emotional intelligence, vision and discipline. It is a leadership program for athletes to develop a
mindset for possibility thinking, and give them the tools to co-create a new reality of opportunity for all. It is about winning in the game of life, not just in sports, and what it takes to improve the quality of life for your community – and beyond.

Mission:  Athleadership is an organization of student athletes; dedicated to nurturing future student athlete leaders through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty

What is the Goal of Our Project?
Our goal is to hire North Minneapolis high school athletes to be trained to teach Minneapolis youth (age 5-14) elements of Discovery of Self, a social/emotional intelligence program the athletes themselves have been using. This will benefit the Athleaders who more deeply integrate
what they’ve already been learning and feel good about being teachers and positive role models. The youth benefit by learning a mindset and skills that can help them in all aspects of life.

We develop a mindset for possibility thinking, and give youth tools to create new opportunities for themselves, their community, and beyond – from the inside out!

In addition to learning, the technical and physical fundamentals of the game, our Athleadership program provides:

  •  Drills that use and develop inner resources for focus and optimal performance.
  • Activities that develop brain capacities widely overlooked.
  • Exercises to stretch thinking in many positive ways.

Program Sites and Scholars Served: 2018 Demographics

Jerry Gambles Boys and Girls Club
25 Scholars served
Ages 8 thru 14

La Creche Early Childhood Center
50 Scholars served
Ages 7 thru 12

Camp Fresh
20 Scholars served
Ages 9 thru 14

Run and Shoot HS Basketball League
45 Scholars served
140 total Scholars served

2017 Demographics

La Creche Early Childhood Center
65 Scholars served
Ages 4 thru 12

North HS Summer Beacons
18 Scholars served
Ages 10 thru 12

21 st Academy at MCTC
55 Scholars served
Ages 10 thru 14

Jerry Gambles Boy and Girls Club
11 Scholars served
Ages 6 thru 12
149 total Scholars Served

2016 Demographics

21 st Academy at MCTC
33 Scholars served
Ages 10 thru 14

Jerry Gambles Boys and Girls Club
23 Scholars served
Ages 6 thru 12

North Area Basketball Academy
16 Scholars served
Ages 5 thru 12
72 total Scholars served


Eli Campbell, Athleader– “The impact this had on me was actually helping me be a new person on and off the court. I am now using this outside pf sports and it’s helping me focus more and helping me calm down from snapping. It helps me in school with homework and tests and stuff
like that with teachers. It had an impact on me teaching the kids and actually helping these kids life. Teaching the kids help me become a better speaker and a better leader. Teaching the kids impacted me by creating a relationship with them and being a role model. The impact I had on
the kids was big!! I feel like they looked up to me.”

Lakisha Clark-Burgess, 21st Century program director – “Athleadership provided the scholars an opportunity to see young people their age involved in something positive and uplifting. The Athleaders all worked well together and were prepared every time they came. I have seen less extreme behavior but still some behaviors as to be expected with young people. I have also seen that they are learning how to hold one another accountable. I would like to find how to embed Athleadership more into our program.”

Najah M. Age 9 Scholar-  “The Athleaders were really nice and really helped me a lot. They taught me when somebody is pushing your buttons just breath in and out of your stomach and that will help me calm down and not get into trouble. The breathing techniques also helped me in class preparing for test. Before I would get anxious and stress out, now I just breath.”