Yesterday was just flat out fun. My day started with my weekly Skype mentoring session with all of the 3rd, 4th and 5th males at W. J. Scott Elementary School (Atlanta Public Schools).
|Weekly Skype session with 3rd-5th grade male students at Bethune Elementary School (Atlanta Public Schools)|
In March 2013, L.E.A.D. launched an Elementary School Character Development Series that includes blogs from me with a different character word each month. Our character word for April is excellence. We currently have four Atlanta Public Elementary Schools in the Character Development Series program.
After my Skype session, my wife Kelli and our L.E.A.D. Executive Board Chairman Bill McLellan and I met with Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz at Turner Field. He is an amazing man who cares about all children in this state. His wisdom and experience is going to take me to new levels. Here is a quote that he shared with us yesterday. “Winners make commitments. Losers make excuses.”
|From left to right: CJ Stewart (L.E.A.D. Co-Founder), John Schuerholz, and Kelli Stewart (L.E.A.D. Co-Founder/Executive Director)|
|Left to Right: Rendell Jackson (APS Athletics-Middle Schools), CJ Stewart (L.E.A.D. Co-Founder), Jeff Beggs (APS Athletic Director), Jasper Jewell (APS Athletics-High Schools), Sam Crenshaw (WXIA), Kelli Stewart (L.E.A.D. Executive Director)|
We capped off the night by collaborating with Georgia Tech Athletics to host 160+ LEADers from our L.E.A.D. Middle School Baseball Character Development League for our 4th Annual Hats Off event. The LEADers were empowered by guest speakers such as Wayne Hogan (GA Tech Associate Athletic Director), Shane Kimbrough (Atlanta native, The Lovett School graduate, West Point/GA Tech grad and NASA Astronaut), Roddy Jones (former standout GA Tech running back and outfielder). Click the short video below to hear from Astronaut Shane.
The LEADers from Brown Middle School got a special treat when they were able to tour the late Kim King football locker room with his daughter Angela King. L.E.A.D. loves Angela and the commitment to excellence of the Kim King Foundation serving youth in West End Atlanta.
|Angela King with one of the Brown Middle School LEADers|