Beyond Sports Foundation uses the power of sport to transform lives by turning athletic ability into life opportunity.

Beyond Sports Foundation prepares student-athletes to succeed in life. We work with student-athletes from under-resourced families in under-served communities that will need financial assistance in order to attend college. Many of our student-athletes are from populations that are under-represented on college campuses.

Investing in student-athletes in our community creates the leaders of the future by helping them develop the skills they need to prosper and positively impact future generations. Beyond Sports Foundation uses sport as the vehicle for student-athletes to secure Division 1 college scholarships and a four-year degree. While sport is valuable, we reinforce that sport will end one day and that an education will last a lifetime.

As a pioneer among college access and success programs, Beyond Sports Foundation is the only organization offering support for student-athletes to strengthen their academic, life and career skills while paralleling their athletic training in order to prepare them for college and beyond through our four pillars of engagement.

ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT
Beyond Sports provides subject-specific tutoring to all of our student-athletes throughout the school year. Students meet with tutors after school multiple times per week for support in topics ranging anywhere from chemistry, to time management, to studying for finals. As rising juniors and seniors, students participate in an 8-week summer workshop in order to prepare for the ACT and SAT.
ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT
Beyond Sports students receive athletic training through EFT Sports Performance. In addition to speed, strength, and agility training, students have opportunities to meet college coaches, attend summer camps, and take advantage of numerous resources offered by EFT staff and facilities.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Scheduled community service activities (such as volunteering at the Avon Breast Cancer Walk and the Warrior Dash). It is important for student-athletes to know that the gifts bestowed upon them should be shared with those around them who are in need.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND MENTORSHIP
Exploration of interests outside of sports is encouraged. When sport ends, we want to ensure that student-athletes have a game plan to be the best they can be for their families, in the workforce, and in their communities. Workshops such as speech/presentation assignments, financial readiness, and career days at fortune 500 companies are planned. Student-athletes are also paired with board members, junior board members, trainers, and tutors for mentoring.

Proven results since 2009

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of high school student-athletes become scholarship-ready

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of student-athletes are offered and accept a college scholarship

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of high school student-athletes enroll in college

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of college student-athletes are on track to graduate with a four-year degree

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of student-athletes complete college

Proven results since 2009

%

of high school student-athletes become scholarship-ready

%

of student-athletes are offered and accept a college scholarship

%

of high school student-athletes enroll in college

%

of college student-athletes are on track to graduate with a four-year degree

%

of student-athletes complete college

The reality facing all students from low-income backgrounds…
– Less than 10% of all students from low-income communities graduate from college.*

The reality facing all student-athletes from low-income backgrounds…
– 86% of college athletes live below the poverty line.*
– Many students in college basketball and football programs can only read up to an eighth-grade level. There is a staggering achievement gap between college athletes and their peers at the same institutions.*

The opportunity for promising student-athletes…
Nearly 84% of Division I athletes from under-served, underrepresented communities graduate from college within 6 years. However, the graduation rate for Division 1 football players is 55.1%.*

The Beyond Sports Foundation provides student-athletes with academic and athletic support in order for them to become strong candidates for college athletic scholarships. As a result, student-athletes work throughout high school, on and off the field to ready themselves for life after college and beyond sports.

* Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students (Executive Office of the President) — * The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sport, The National College Players Association, 2013 — * Some College Athletes Play Like Adults, Read Like 5th-Graders, Sara Ganim, CNN, 2014 — * College Football Players Have Low Graduation Rates Nancy Madsen, Richmond Times Dispatch, 2014