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THE LOCKER ROOM. THE SATORI Athletic Organization. OUR MISSION. SAO’s mission is to empower high school athletes and their parents through academic and individual development programs designed specifically for the aspiring athlete. Tagline 1: SAO! Empowering Student-Athletes to Achieve!

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The locker room



Athletic Organization

Our mission

SAO’s mission is to empower high school athletes and their parents through academic and individual development programs designed specifically for the aspiring athlete.

Tagline 1: SAO! Empowering Student-Athletes to Achieve!

Tagline 2: SAO! An Athletes’ Education


Athletic Organization

Who we are

  • Founded by a sports mom in December 2006

  • Governed by a four member Board of Directors

  • Serves high school student-athletes throughout New Jersey, with a current focus on at-risk students in the Essex County area.

  • Hosts four signature initiatives that incorporate service learning on both the high school and college student levels.


Athletic Organization

Year one 2007 the workshop series
Year One-2007The Workshop Series

  • Understanding NCAA Eligibility Requirements, provided by Karen Harris, M.A., KFH Educational Services

  • Understanding College Admissions Process, provided by Kevin Hudson, M.A., The Wight Foundation

  • Eating for Athletics, provided by Dr. Geraldine McKay, UMDNJ-Dietary Department

  • Sports Injury & Performance Enhancement, provided by Dr. James Gallucci, JAG Physical Therapy


Athletic Organization

Year two 2008 the workshop series
Year Two- 2008The Workshop Series

  • Athletes’ Saves Lives (CPR Certification), provided by David Morgan, Life Safety Services, Inc.

  • The Rise Magazine Signing provided by the University High School Girls Basketball Team

  • Sports Parents, Myths & the Athletic Scholarship provided by Simone Bellamy, Founder, SAO

  • Five Turnovers! Are You Ready for College Sports?, provided by Simone Bellamy, Karen Harris, and Felicia Oliver, Head Coach University High School of the Humanities. Invitation from the Martin Luther King Leadership Commission.


Athletic Organization

Year three 2009
Year Three- 2009

Pilot of the Athletes Edge Project (AEP)

March 2009

Half-day interactive sessions for athletes and parents with:

  • SAT, ACT, transcript reviews and worksheet calculation assistance

  • NCAA Eligibility advisement sessions

  • NCAA Eligibility Center registration assistance


Athletic Organization

Year four 2010
Year Four- 2010

  • April 2010- Charting the Success of Student Athletes with Mr. Glenn Terry, Asst. Director of the Client Relations, NCAA Eligibility Center, Indianapolis, Indiana (Master Class)

    • 4 School Districts Serviced

    • 1, 900 student-athletes, 200 School Counselors addressed in a three day visit

  • March 2010-Pilot of the Online Supplemental Education Program

    • Online grade and credit recovery courses for student-athletes

    • Individual test proctoring and progress monitoring

    • Coordination of grade reporting to the NCAA Eligibility Center and School Counselors

    • Laptop Loaner Program

  • May 2010-Tackling Financial Aid: Instructions for High School Senior Athletes


    Athletic Organization

    Service events
    Service Events

    • October 2008- Beyond Ball Series for Aspiring Athletes-Sports Conference at Science Park High School

    • October 2009-Running the Point for Pink Event-Sports Conference and Cancer Awareness Basketball Game honoring: Mrs. Debra Jones, mother of Olympic Gold Medalist, Cullen Jones

    • November 2010-The Eligibility Triathlon hosted by the service learning students of Seton Hall University’s Center for Community Research and Engagement (CCRE)


    Athletic Organization

    Cancer Awareness Basketball Game

    The NCAA Eligibility Game

    Eating for Athletics

    Honoree Mrs. Debra Jones

    Rise Magazine Signing

    Sports Injuries & Performance

    Athletes Save Lives

    Collaborations and grantors
    Collaborations and Grantors

    • 2007-SAO becomes a Bonner Scholar Partner

    • 2008-Partnership with the Center for Community Research and Engagement at Seton Hall University (CCRE) (now in its 3rd year)

    • 2008-Support from Newark Municipal Council President Donald M. Payne, Jr.

    • 2008-Grant from the Provident Bank Foundation

    • 2009- Grant from the Provident Bank Foundation

    • 2009-Collaboration with Essex County Cancer Coalition and the Breast Center-Saint Barnabas

    • 2010- Collaboration with Newark Public Schools (NPS)

    • 2010-Organizatonal Member, NPS-Game Point Task Force

    • 2010-Collaboration with the NCAA Eligibility Center

    • 2010-Collaboration with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Office of Financial Aid

    • 2010-Grant from the African American Fund of New Jersey


    Athletic Organization

    What s the challenge now

    • SAO has provided some great services to student-athletes, but…..

    • Organizational visibility is not were it should be!

    • During this year of strategic planning we need to remain on the public radar, yet ensure we have time to properly plan for academic year 2012.

    The big question

    • The question for the locker room is how can we use technologies to keep SAO in the public eye?

    • Twitter?

    • Facebook?

    • SAO Website?

    • Newsletter

    • Other?