Next Steps: Bigger and Brighter

Tony A. Stewart - Friday, March 07, 2014

The impact and future of Beyond the Locker (BTL) is looking bigger and brighter.  I had a chance to share the growth and change in the students at Robertson High School with the San Jose Mercury News.  The changes have occurred because of the commitment by the faculty to BTL’s Training Camp Program.  We have been at Robertson from the very beginning of BTL’s history.  The program has grown to impact elementary schools to high schools in Fremont Unified School District.  There are upcoming programs that are being sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Fremont Bank. 

Check out the article below. 

When Tony Stewart, a tight end for the Oakland Raiders, left the National Football League in 2010, he embarked on a journey of self-discovery to create a plan for the next season of his life. It was then that he realized it wasn't about reinventing himself, but using the things he had learned in life to help others.

That is how his "Beyond the Locker" program began, which has been piloted for the last three years with leadership students at Robertson High School.

"I was asked to do an outreach for church and I was in the midst of developing a sports camp, but I didn't like how other camps were run. I wanted it to be more life skills, and life skills that come from sports drills," Stewart, 34, said.

It was at the outreach that Stewart met Fremont Unified School District Superintendent Jim Morris, who participated in Stewart's first mini-boot camp. Morris suggested Robertson High, a continuation school, would be an ideal site to run the pilot program.