WHAT WE DO

Founded in 2013, Empower ME Academy provides a holistic training experience. Student-Leaders develop better basketball skills — and in addition, improve their attitude, commitment, and discipline. Ultimately, our Student-Leaders become well-rounded leaders and adults, successful on the court and in life.

Mission

To prepare each student-athlete for a lifetime of achievement and meaningful impact (on and off the court) by living a life of integrity, purpose, empathy, and love.

Vision

Sports becomes the ultimate magnet to attract ALL kids and young humans, while creating the safe-haven environment that optimally enables the development of leadership skills for life through the process of self-actualization. After graduating, these leaders will carry a framework for being a positive and productive member of society through their own unique expression of what it means to be a good person.

Our culture

EMA’s culture defines us. It is what we stand for and value as an ecosystem of people pursuing a shared mission. It is the powerful force that guides the way we work together, treat each other, and treat those around us.

EMA’s culture is our differentiator, and when it comes to life, it is our competitive advantage.

The following values create EMA’s culture of family—our superpower.

(4) CORE VALUES

Trust

Nothing is more valuable to us than the trust we cultivate with our families, team, and everyone in our ecosystem. We earn this trust through our professionalism, honesty, transparency, excellence in customer service, and asking for feedback.

Relationships

Relationships are the fabric of EMA. We create powerful relationships by cultivating raving fans, not clients, and by treating people better than they expect by exceeding their expectations. If our families, partners, and team are raving about us, then we have achieved our goal. We’ll ALWAYS value people and our relationships over profits.

Integrity

Always tell the truth. We believe that nothing is more important than our reputation—behaving with the highest levels of integrity is fundamental to who we are.

Inclusion

Working with people of different backgrounds, cultures, demographics, and thinking styles helps us grow into better professionals and leaders. We accept people as part of the EMA community when their intentions and heart align with wanting to become a good person and positively promote others' journey. We recognize and acknowledge that people are at different starting points. This means that each person is unique. However, we do not align with malintent or intentional hate that is counter to this intention.

(7) Leadership BEHAVIORS

We Develop L.E.A.D.E.R.S.

Listening

Listen with ears to hear you. Listen with eyes to see you. Listen with heart to connect with you.

Empathetic

Seek genuine connections by understanding the needs of others and being aware of their feelings, thoughts, and body language.

Accountable

Embrace mistakes to become your best version.

Daring

Engage every challenge with courage and enthusiasm by taking risks without fearing failure.

Energy-giving

Raise the confidence of others by making people feel good about themselves—every day.

Resilient

Bounce back stronger from setbacks with hope and optimism.

Self-less

Prioritize WE over me.

(4) EXPERIENCES

Positive outlook

At all levels of the organization, we exemplify our values. What we expect from each other and our students—we see the best in everyone.

Passion

We are grateful that we have a job that feels more like a life’s purpose.

Bold

We embrace going beyond our comfort zone.

Mindfulness

Our ethos gives everyone the enthusiasm and safe space to think — to be present — leading to mental agility, resilience and self-awareness.

2013 - Started as a non profit

Empower ME Academy was founded to create a programmatic system that values the intent for athletic excellence but does so by growing the whole person, not just the athlete.

From the very first day EMA started its operations, the organization has prioritized access and inclusion.

Since 2014, EMA has awarded the equivalent of $1.1 million in financial aid to cover over 100 student-athletes’ tuition. Currently, 20% of its students receive tuition assistance.


2014

Where EMA Began
$140,000 awarded

2015

$130,000 awarded
74 recipients

2016

$130,000 awarded
115 recipients

2017

$145,000 awarded
273 recipients

2018

$450,000 awarded
200 recipients

2019

EMA becomes a 501c3
Homecourt search starts
$650,000 awarded
300 recipients

2020

$TBD awarded
TBD recipients
Fort Mason Pier 3 Rented
LMS Architects engaged

2021

First basketball-thon
organized In august.

Our Founder’s Story

Coach Jerome Gumbs leads a healthy lifestyle that revolves around making sure each Student-Athlete gets the support they need to succeed on the court and in life. The responsibility he carries in doing so is his greatest privilege.

READ HIS FULL STORY

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