Studies suggest that the adolescent years are extremely formative, and athletic involvement is a powerful influence in value and identity development. At Next Gen USA, we believe that a holistic approach to engaging adolescent youth in values-based educational and life skills curricula can and do influence how a child develops character, leadership skills, intellectual curiosity, and a passion for a career in sport.
This vision began years ago in conversations between Next Gen USA co-Founders Tony Williams and Jeff Bookman, who saw the challenges and obstacles associated with a young soccer prospect’s pathway to professional sport in their native England. Above and beyond the sport pathway was the fact that most, if not all, of the young Academy players were overlooking the importance of their studies and not completing the requirements necessary to attain a secondary school diploma. Their sole focus was on becoming a professional player and nothing more. What would happen to them if they didn’t earn a contract at 16? What would they fall back on and where would they go?
Next Gen USA’s proprietary system of developing a world class athlete utilizes a holistic educational philosophy where a child’s desire to learn and play is complimented with enumerable opportunities to study and explore themes and units tied to core academic standards of learning that provoke self-expression, instill honor, integrity and responsibility, and challenge each student-athlete to set goals and strive for excellence.
With a committed Board of Directors, a thriving Urban Promise Network and enthusiastic start to the Next Gen USA Leadership Academy, Next Gen USA provides an exciting array of innovative strategies that offer a fun, affordable and meaningful menu of experiences that foster a love for, and connection with, sport, career pathways and academic enrichment.
Any size gift that you make to Next Gen USA will make a difference in our efforts to inspire youth to become leaders. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help enrich lives through the passion for sport, please contact Douglas Homer or give now.