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ATHLETES ADVANTAGE ACADEMY INC

Education, inspiration, and competition for ALL athletes!

aka A3   |   BAKERSFIELD, CA   |  www.a3bakersfield.com

Mission

Athletes' Advantage Academy is dedicated to radically optimizing human health, physical fitness, and athletic performance in our community through education, inspiration, and competition for people of all ages and abilities. Our mission is delivered through our three key programs: 1) scholarships and mentorships for student athletes; 2) programs and adaptive sports for veterans and military personnel; and 3) inclusive programs and adaptive sports training for athletes with special needs.

Ruling year info

2014

Co-Founder

Ryan Beckwith

Director

Kalli Beckwith

Main address

5203 YOUNG ST.

BAKERSFIELD, CA 93311 USA

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EIN

46-4754499

NTEE code info

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Professional coaching for skill development and physical training as well as access to a professional training facility and expert programs for sports performance, strength, and speed are expensive and limited. Many families can't afford the extra expense and therefore many athletes are at a disadvantage compared to their peers. Youth in underserved neighborhoods are at higher risk for poor social, educational, and academic outcomes, but sports can be a positive path to success. By high school, many talented athletes no longer participate in sports or are not academically eligible to play due to poor grades. They need a support network of professional and positive coaches, academic tutoring, and a safe space to play and train throughout their adolescent and teenage years. Unfortunately, many successful and positive youth programs aimed to prevent poor outcomes for disadvantaged youth end in the elementary or junior high school years just as youth need more support than ever.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

A3 Scholarships

The A3 Scholarship program is catalyst for everything we do. We provide exceptional coaching and mentorship to student-athletes, regardless of their socioeconomic status. With proper training and development, young athletes have a better chance to advance their education at the collegiate level; additionally, involvement in sports keeps kids out of trouble, teaches important life and social skills, and keeps them healthy. With your support, you’ll give an athlete much more than simply “performance training”. You give them the greatest chance at success while being a part of something bigger than themselves; you give them education and empowerment and physical development and healthy living principles in a positive setting.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

The A3 Shield program facilitates health, wellness, competition, and community for all First Responders and Veterans. It is our honor to serve those who serve our country and communities. A3 Shield provides low-cost and no-cost fitness programs for Active Duty Military, Recruits, Veterans, and First Responders. We also offer a Veterans Transition Program; through health, fitness, and education, we provide a positive community to support Veterans in their transition back into the general population. We are currently developing an Adaptive Sports Program for disabled Veterans and partnering with other local organizations to do so, and we could not be more excited for the impact this will have in our community!

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Emergency responders

The A3 & Me Program provides education, fitness, competition, and community for athletes who have special needs and unique abilities. Athletes experience pride in their accomplishments alongside peers while becoming healthier as a result of their own actions.
Our program priority is INCLUSION - there is no “us” and “them” between any athletes in our facility. Since 2014 in our work with Special Olympics Kern County and Team Wellness, we have seen amazing successes, including improved health outcomes and decreases in medication for almost all program athletes. We are working to expand this program by offering more adaptive sports options for our athletes.The A3 & Me Program empowers athletes, boosts confidence, and celebrates community!

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ultimately, we aim to level the playing field to give all student-athletes the same opportunity to get professional coaching, mentorship, training, recovery, and tutoring in our premier facility to help them develop and prepare for success at the next level.

Through our scholarship funding programs and sports/skills programs (e.g. Track & Field Club), we provide positive role models, a safe space to play, and emphasize the importance of "student first, athlete second" through education and mentorship.

Our Goals for 2022 include:

Goal 1) Research and plan for the forming of an organized youth Track & Field club.
Goal 2) Serve at least 30 student-athletes with mentorship, tutoring, and scholarships in 2022.
Goal 3) Secure Board members and staff or volunteers with the expertise, passion, and time to help Athletes’ Advantage Academy meet our strategic objectives.
Goal 4) Begin to secure grants and donations to fund one Track & Field season at Athletes’ Advantage Academy, Inc with the aim of Spring 2023.

Goal 1) Research and plan for the forming of an organized youth Track & Field club.
- Assign a Coach to lead the research phase.
- Write a detailed plan for organizing the club, recruiting athletes, implementing program design, and facilitating a successful season.

Goal 2) Serve at least 30 student-athletes with mentorship, tutoring, and scholarships in 2022.
- Seek out corporate and community sponsors for the event and the programs in general.
- Continue to promote the application process and invite local athletes/students ages 8 and up to apply.
- Continue to implement our coaching and recruiting programs for qualified student-athletes.

Goal 3) Secure Board members and staff or volunteers with the expertise, passion, and time to help Athletes’ Advantage Academy meet our strategic objectives.
-Recruit and vet 2-3 Board members who share the passion for Athletes’ Advantage Academy’s mission.

Goal 4) Begin to secure grants and donations to fund one Track & Field season at Athletes’ Advantage Academy, Inc with the aim of Spring 2023.
- Seek grant opportunities through various grant portals. Apply for local and state grants that fit the Track & Field youth program.
-Seek event sponsorships and general donations through face-to-face meetings and program outreach.
-Consider establishing a fundraising committee or Giving Circle.
-Communicate our mission and the impact our programs have on local individuals through social media, website, and personal conversations with local supporters and individuals.

- Executive Director will implement the various initiatives and monitor progress toward the goals.
- Interns and Staff will assist with program development, outreach, and event planning.
- Staff and Board members will revisit and report updates on the Strategic Plan at each quarterly Board meeting.
- Monthly team meetings and ongoing task management will keep the team focused on the goals.

-Outreach letters have been emailed to local high school staff and community members
-Marketing materials have been created.
-Formal application for athletes to apply have been created and are made available to athletes.
Social media campaign is in progress.
-The website is built and launched.

-10 student-athletes are being served with full scholarships but those are being provided via in-kind donation by A3 Sports & Wellness. Donations/grants still needs to be raised/received.

-Board Members have been invited and two have accepted positions on the Board.

- In the research, planning, and budgeting phase for a Track & Field program.

- We are working Secure grants and donations to fund inaugural Track & Field club season at Athletes’ Advantage Academy, Inc.
-We continue to seek local and state grants that we may qualify for.
-We are continuing to illustrate our impact and gather more content (photos, videos) to help increase awareness and share our story of what we provide to local student-athletes, individuals with special needs, and individuals throughout the community. Through our separate website, we will also have a link for direct donations.
-We are selling apparel to fund scholarships.
-We are hosting a Combine in June to fundraise for our scholarship fund.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ATHLETES ADVANTAGE ACADEMY INC

Board of directors
as of 04/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Randy Martin

Covenant Community Services

Term: 2014 -

Randy Martin

Covenant Community Services

Lori Park

Art Charles

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/27/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/27/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.