Next Steps: Bigger and Brighter

Friday, March 07, 2014 | Tony A. Stewart

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.

BTL 4th Quarter News

Friday, October 18, 2013 | Tony A. Stewart

Beyond the Locker started its fourth quarter with a bang.  Team BTL and Robertson High School partnered with Endecia of Palo Alto to present a BTL Mini Camp to youth in the community of East Palo Alto, CA.  The day started with Team BTL Training over 50 Endicia employees from across the country in town for Endicia's national sales conference.  Endicia, a Newell Rubbermaid Company, incorporates community outreach into their company DNA.  It is part of the culture that co-founder Emine Khechfe has helped build into the company that does over 9 billion dollars of postage sales annually.  

It was time for the employees of Endicia to get to "work' after being trained in the Life Skills, Life Drills and operations of a BTL Mini Camp.  The "work" turned into empowering over 150 youth from Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto, CA.  Campus Director Jennifer Koelling and her team from the Citizens Schools after-school program helped coordinate the day.  The collaboration was the first between BTL, Endicia and Cesar Chavez Academy.  

Several highlights of the event included new sponsors of the BTL Mini Camp that included Body Armor Super Drink, McDonalds, NFL Play 60 and presenting sponsor Endicia.  Current Raiders Tyler Wilson and Jared Valdheer were on hand to encourage the youth.  A special visit from Team Nike and US Track and Field team member Kevin Craddock punctuated the day's events.   

The months of November and December will prove to be just as exciting as BTL looks to hold its first community fundraiser and its first corporate mixer.  Please contact us for more information on how you can help sponsor youth to attend our programs. Stay tuned for more information.  


BTL Kickoff: Training Camp and Mini Camp

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | Tony A. Stewart

The School year has been good to BEYOND THE LOCKER.  TEAM BTL has the opportunity to work with our pilot school in FUSD for the third school year in a row. The Training Camp program is under way and the students of Robertson High School in Fremont are eager to get out and make an impact in the community. 

Team BTL is preparing for the next big event on Monday September 23rd. Cesar Chavez Academy in East Palo Alto, CA will be hosting BTL as we bring our Mini Camp program to the school.  There will be 150 6th, 7th and 8th graders impacted by our program.  The Mini Camp is being sponsored by Endicia a local East Palo Alto based company that specializes in e-commerce postage sales.  BTL is doing its first corporate training for 50 national salesforce members of Endicia.  The volunteers will be trained in the Life Skills, Life Drills and Operations of a BTL Mini Camp.  

All of our Camps are now NFL Play60 approved.  It is NFL Play60's mission to make the next generation of youth the most active and healthy by supporting them in living a healthy lifestyle.  They will be providing gear and giveaways for the camp. Tony Stewart, president of BTL and 10 year NFL pro, will share some of NFL Play60's tips for living a healthy lifestyle. 

We have reached out to the community to help support the students at Cesar Chavez Academy and the Bay Area has answered the call.  McDonald's of East Palo Alto is providing healthy food options for 300 youth participants, volunteers and family.  Body Armor Super Drink will be providing a healthy electrolyte drink for our participants.  A group of former and current Professional Athletes will be on board to encourage the youth.  This is turning out to be an incredible event.

BTL is implementing a new facet to its Mini Camp program called the "Community 4th Quarter" (C4Q). There will be representation from multiple youth services programs from the East Palo Alto Community to support the youth of Cesar Chavez Academy.  The "C4Q" will be a bridge between BTL, the youth participants, parents and the local community.  We are thankful to be building new relationships in the East Palo Alto Community.  

Please contact us if you know a company or individual that is looking to make an impact on their local community.  The Beyond the Locker Programs are a great way to bring the community together.