"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

Frederick Douglass

ABOUT US

DEVELOPING YOUTH BEYOND THE BUZZER.

360° Skills Academy was founded on the belief that an interest in sports can be intentionally leveraged to teach youth legitimate life, social and professional skills that transcend wins and losses. We operate school-based, community-based, and digital programs for youth ages 5 through 21, of all skill and interest levels.

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of our students reported an increased interest in entrepreneurship

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of our 6th - 8th graders expressed an increased desire to attend college

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of students in our school based programs receive free or reduced lunch

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of our alumni have enrolled in a college or university since 2008

OUR MISSION

To harness the power of sport to inspire youth to define and achieve their vision of success.

OUR VISION

Access to quality sports-based learning experiences for all youth regardless of race, ethnicity, geography or economic status.

OUR VALUES

QUALITY

Youth are given everything they need to be successful – including high quality equipment, supplies and apparel. Coaches and staff receive extensive professional development and are passionate about sports and youth development.

INCLUSION

Our programs are for ALL youth, regardless of skill or athletic ability.

ACCESS

We strive to ensure cost is not a barrier to participation. While many of our programs are free, we make scholarships, financial aid, and payment plans available for all fee-based programs.

OUR FOUNDER

CANDICE C. HAYNES

Having played softball and basketball growing up in Queens, NY, 360° Skills Academy founder Candice Haynes experienced firsthand the benefits of sports that extended beyond the playing field. While pursuing a career in the sports industry, she developed a passion for using sports as a tool for social change and pivoted to creating sports-based youth development programs. Candice has over 10 years experience as an administrator in youth sports and nonprofit management. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and received her master’s degree from Columbia University.

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