WHAT YOU LEARN FROM SPORTS YOU CAN USE IN LIFE
Future Leaders & Young Entrepreneurs (FLYE) is a Washington, DC. based 501c3 nonprofit on a mission to empower sports coaches and student-athletes to transition soft skills from sports to other areas of life through an entrepreneurial mindset.
For young athletes, education can be viewed as the “forced” means to the end of athletic eligibility. The ideal environment to promote academic engagement and athletic advancement requires the ability to transition learnings and experiences between both environments.
The BIG Problem
52% of all high school students play a sport but less than .07% of them will ever play at the professional level. What’s more, the average pro athlete career is 4.9 years. So what happens to all that hard work, talent and mastery?
FLYE believes that entrepreneurship will help combat the lack of engagement many student athletes bring to the classroom by merging the lessons from field with those of the classroom. Though FLYE has conducted several workshops tailored to minority male athletes thus far, the entrepreneurship workshops have demonstrated the greatest potential for student impact. Therefore, FLYE is expanding “The FLYE Entrepreneur” into its own, standalone program.
FLYE emphasizes the importance of understanding “how” to prepare and plan for college. We believe that continued education along with life skills and entrepreneurial development is what will benefit young people the most in today’s generation. We designed our college preparatory curriculum to execute on that emphasis. It is here that we focus on their specific interest to help them navigate the best path to continued education.
Financially FLYE utilizes what students learn on the field of competition and their perception of success in professional sports to teach them financial literacy. Athletics can prepare young people for life in countless ways. One of the most prominent skill sets developed is the ability to read and react. This is where an athlete analyzes what is going on around them towards making the best possible decision. We use the same read and react principles of athletics to teach how to handle financial scenarios.