We noticed that student athletes in Milwaukee are being overlooked, or falling through the cracks. Student athletes receive praise and recognition for their athletic accomplishments, while their self-identity and scholar-identity are underdeveloped.
We no longer want to see or hear about the talented athlete that squandered their talent, is jobless, or ends up in prison.
6-8th Grade Student-Athletes
Emphasizes life skills, social skills, and effective study habits. Program activities will help develop self-confidence, a sense of personal responsibility, and respect for others and the community.
Higher Ground Program
Emphasizes study strategies, time management tools, assistance in career planning, attaining internships, and continual guidance of mentors through degree completion.
9-12th Grade Student-Athletes
Buckle Down Program
While creating an academic, athletic, and career plan that will serve as a road map for the future, Student-Athletes work with personal trainers in addition to everything offered in the Trailblazer program.
6th Gr. - Undergraduate Student-Athletes
Academic & Athletic Institute for Higher Learning
In addition to academic assistance, this institution will offer an elite athletic program with training from some of Milwaukee’s best sports trainers.
“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. ”
JAMAHL MOSLEY, ASSISTANT COACH FOR THE DALLAS MAVERICKS