Mission: To role model the process of excellence in order to increase every child's chance of a bright and successful future.
Programs: Classroom champions more than doubled outreach, bringing over 1,700 students athlete mentors and reaching 10,000 students in 60 under-served schools across north america. We enlisted highly qualified board members to strengthen governance, brought on 11 new corporate partners, and doubled our olympian and paralympian mentors. A testament to improving organizational structure shone through this year in improved outcomes. Student performance metrics were the best and most detailed we've seen to date. Our research showed strong student increases in grit and growth mindset factors, engagement in school, interpersonal skills,and digital engagement. We also were awarded the prestigious fair play diploma by the international committee for fair play, established by unesco. As we continue to ensure we are addressing all the needs of our stakeholders, a robust teacher planning and development program was created that yielded increases in teacher performance and engagement. Throughout the summer and on a monthly basis during the school year, over 15 online webinars were offered to professionally develop teachers across the organization. Athlete mentor training was also improved and delivered as webinar and in-person training and monthly messaging to ensure quality video lesson creation. Athlete engagement was the highest we've seen to date and their amazing dedication was reflected in the quality of their lessons and in turn in student learning and outcomes. This past school year was highlighted by the launch of our community event programming, which will greatly alter the building of relationships between students, mentors, and communities. We saw entire communities captivated by classroom champions as we brought together parents, volunteers, and students. From portland, or to philadelphia, pa to maitland, fl and many places in between, mentors coming to town translated into thousands more students and and family members being impacted. Programming support and long term commitments significantly increased to bring on the addition of contractors to begin the transition from an all-volunteer workforce to a more consistent and higher quality level of programming through full-time and part-time positions. This increase in support also saw greater technology donations to build school infrastructure, the addition of student community program support donations, and a partially financed teacher conference - all directed at improving student outcomes.
While the premise of this non profit is wonderful and the students, teachers and athletes are amazing and have no idea what goes on internally, the man at the helm of this organization is a terror. When competing, he was known in his sport's world as someone who only cared about keeping his face and name in the public eye and treated people poorly. Yet, to the public, he appears to be a martyr when it comes to helping students succeed.
Peel away the layers and you'll see that 99% of the press puts him in the forefront and not the students or the athlete mentors or the teachers. Let's not forget the team of dedicated employees who work 24/7 while dealing with his unrealistic expectations, putdowns and general I know everything and you know nothing attitude.
Sadly, it seems to be all about him and keeping his name relevant. Thank goodness the end result of the ego is kids, teachers and athlete mentors succeeding.