The Trailblazer program for middle school student-athletes in 6-8 grades emphasizes life skills, social skills and effective study habits. Program activities will help student-athletes develop self-confidence, a sense of personal responsibility and respect for others and the community. Academic assistance will be available for all participants in the program.
The Buckle Down program for grades 9-12 focuses on setting high expectations for the classroom in addition to athletic success and community involvement. Each student-athlete and his/her family will create an academic, athletic, and career plan that will serve as a road map for the student-athlete future. Student- athletes will meet three nights a week after school with mentors, tutors, and motivational speakers to provide support and encouragement to them throughout the school year. In addition to everything offered in the trailblazer program.
The Higher Ground Program for college-bound student-athletes emphasizes study strategies, time management tools, assistance in career planning and attaining internships, and continual guidance of mentors through degree completion. Years one and two are often the most challenging, thus emphasis has been placed on study strategies and time management tools that helps student athletes create a balance between academic and athletic commitments.
This summer program provides engaging math, literacy, technology and science activities for middle school and high school youth. In addition to the academic assistance, this institute will offer, in the summer, an elite athletic program with training from some of the best sport trainers in Milwaukee. This two-pronged approach is intended to stimulate both body and mind.
“Above & Beyond the Playground will empower student-athletes to achieve excellence in the classroom while reaching their academic, career and athletic goals. If it was not for academic assistance/mentoring in my life. I would have been, lost, with no direction and potentially missed out on a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
“If there had been a program like Above & Beyond the Playground when I was growing up, I would have had opportunities to see these mentors doing things that I only watched from afar. Above & Beyond the Playground gives student-athletes examples to follow that are first-hand, touchable, attainable, and real. That is more important than telling someone what he or she can be. Young men and women need to see what they can be. ”