We spoke with Marty Posch, President of the Finish Line Youth Foundation, Vinay Mullick, Regional Executive Director at UpMetrics, ran down top plays in sports philanthropy, as well as brought you new MVPs in this month's edition.
Dr. Nita Evans
Founder and ceo
Dr. Nita Evans is the Founder and CEO of Catch Education, a college success program designed to improve the college and career readiness of Black athletes transitioning from high school to Division I football and basketball programs. An education activist and social entrepreneur, Dr. Evans created Catch Education to equip Black males with the skills they need to excel in college, career and life after sports. With a combined fifteen years of collegiate teaching and education consulting experience she is an expert in the area of race and sports. She understands that while education is considered the “great equalizer,” students are not equally prepared to maximize the higher education opportunities afforded them, especially in college athletics. Based in Dallas, TX, Dr. Evans' vision is that 100% of Black males who enter Division I football and basketball programs graduate high school college-ready and equipped with a career plan beyond professional sports. Catch Education's message is that it's okay to chase a pro dream but make sure to "catch an education" along the way. Through Catch Education, Dr. Evans is bridging athletes to a better future.
director, athletics, activities, and program development
rockford public schools
Mat is Director of Athletics, Activities and Program Development for the Rockford Public School District in Rockford, Il. Mat has been serving the 29,000 student school district in this position for eight years. He has a master’s degree in psychology and foundations of education from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education from Castleton State University. Mat was a four sport high school athlete and four-year starter for Castleton’s for men’s basketball program and is currently 9th all-time in scoring. Parker taught history and coached in Winnebago and South Beloit for 14 years and revived a struggling SOBO boys basketball program earning their first regional championship in 31 years and three straight 20 plus win seasons. His 2008-2009 team that went 28-2 will be inducted into the South Beloit Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2019. Mat’s work with Rockford Public Schools has earned him and his colleagues National recognition, most recently a feature on ESPN’s Outside the Lines and in Athletic Business magazine. He resides in Rockford with his wife Jessica and two children who work and attend Rockford Public Schools.
Dr. kayleigh Mccauley
out in athletics
Dr. Kayleigh McCauley is the Founder of Out In Athletics, LGBTQA+ Athletics Programming and Consulting. Out In Athletics offers on campus education and programming, as well as distance consulting, to create and foster inclusive athletic environments for the LGBTQA+ community and allies. Dr. Kay also currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students at Lewis & Clark College.
McCauley has over 10 years of experience working in student-athlete development at NCAA Divisions I, II, and III. She is a leading scholar-practitioner in LGBTQA+ issues in athletics; specializing in transgender and gender-expansive inclusion policies. Her research on NCAA transgender inclusion policies was published in the Journal of Educational Issues in 2016; the policy she drafted for Lewis & Clark College is cited as a model policy by the NCAA Inclusion Office and TransAthlete.com.
Currently Out In Athletics is fundraising, during the month of June (Pride Month), to support low/limited resource intercollegiate athletic departments. Following the fundraiser Out In Athletics will release a grant application specifically for low/limited resource intercollegiate athletic departments. Out In Athletics will cover 100% of the costs for on-campus training facilitated by Founder, Dr. Kayleigh McCauley.
McCauley currently serves on the N4A Board of Directors as the Region V Director. She earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Higher Education in 2014 from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.
SportWorks, Commonwealth games canada
Born and raised in a small town on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada, Ryan has always been involved in sport.
After graduating with a Masters in International Sport Management from the Johan Cruyff Institute in Amsterdam, he has worked in the sport industry for 10 years, with a focus on the creation and management of sport for development initiatives, both in Canada and abroad.
Ryan currently leads the SportWORKS program on behalf of Commonwealth Games Canada. SportWORKS integrates sport for development programming to promote individual and community social development, and has led 125 local sport projects that have impacted more than two million youth in 30 nations and territories. These initiatives focus on the empowerment of women and girls, the promotion of gender equity, youth leadership development, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, and the building of sport capacity.
He has previously worked as the Executive Director of Hockey Players for Kids, Sport for Change, and the Alberta Curling Federation. As well, Ryan was an Event Director for Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On.
In a volunteer capacity, Ryan spent a year overseas in St Helena, a remote island in the South Atlantic, to offer developmental support to the national sport association and youth sport organizations. He also had the opportunity to travel across Canada with Five Hole for Food, an organization which brings together communities by using hockey as a vehicle for social change.