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Train the body and mind to lead from within while staying on the right track.

Mission Statement

Train 2 Lead is a non-profit organization targeting under privileged youth and high school student-athletes that gives them a blueprint for obtaining and maintaining leadership skills on and off the field.



We will ensure that student athletes will have access to personalized leadership skills training for their mind and physical training for their body, so that they will be leaders in the classrooms, in their communities, and excel in their prospective sports.

Stats & Data

Being a student-athlete greatly improves African American's chances of getting into college.

Stats for African Americans in college:

23% are student athletes

2.3% are just college students

Once they get into college, African American student- athletes struggle compared to their peers. College is the pinnacle of sports for 95% of student athletes. The five percent who go professional are often not set for life and careers are short and 78% suffer financial distress shortly after retiring from their sport. 

Train 2 Lead Core Values

Develop the leader in everyone

We cultivate the potential of every person or student athlete to be a leader and positively influence those around them. 


Train 2 Lead's Core Values

Foster positive relationships in leaders

Every person brings unique skills and strengths to their role in this organization and in the communities we serve.  We strive for an environment where everyone learns, grows, and enriches those around them.


Train 2 Lead's Core Values

Focus on results

We use sports-based youth development to impact the health and well-being of those we serve and to strengthen the communities leaders where we serve them.


Be accountable to our supporters and leaders

We are accountable and transparent to our donors, our supporters, and to one another to deliver quality leadership skills and measurable outcomes through the responsible use of resources.


What We Believe In


the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.


a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.


a great deal of effort or endurance.


the process by which a person's character or abilities are gradually developed.


the activity or condition of competing.


capable of being easily taught and trained to do something better.


the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.


able and willing to learn.

Board Members


John "JB" Barnes

Executive Director

John's vision is to give back to those less fortunate and provide better opportunities for student-athletes to become their best at their craft at every level.


David Wilcox

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