Each member of Empower ME Academy has a creative and critical role that ensures that we are all able to succeed together. All views are valued and respected which stimulates growth from top to bottom. The principle of working together with our families and communities establishes how we operate and further the growth of the business.
Today, most basketball trainers are trying to develop the next Stephen Curry. Coach Gumbs helps Student Athletes develop from the inside out. In doing so, he hope to help nurture the next Barack Obama—who just so happens to love basketball.
“A leader should not be measured by the number of followers they have, but by the number of leaders they nurture.”- Coach Gumbs Read Coach Gumbs’ Full Story
Mary Rivers is committed to organizational excellence through empowerment and a positive attitude. Her B.A. (Education), A.B.A. (Associate of Business Administration), and 35+ years of experience in high-level leadership and administrative office management provides the organizational skills necessary to assist in the development of the organization. Her love for providing top-level education, developing and empowering the youth, and focus on teamwork meshes perfectly with Jerome’s philosophy for the EMA program.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”- Maya Angelou
Alexandre Iljas is a strong believer in the value of sports as a developmental education tool. Upon graduating with an International Baccalaureate and a high school diploma in 2008, Coach Alex started a career in coaching at the young age of 17. While attending the University of San Francisco as a Sociology major and African-American Studies minor, Coach Alex began coaching, training, and mentoring. Coach Alex has held Assistant and Head Coach positions, ranging from 3rd grade to high school Varsity levels. He is currently the Athletic Director at the Cathedral School for Boys.
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”- Confucius
Sharena Taylor believes in the power of sports to inspire, unite, change trajectories, and speak to youth in a language they understand. Sharena attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she played basketball on a full scholarship, earned a BS in Science, Technology, and Culture, helped her team reach the NCAA tournament 3 of the 4 years she was there and received the “Iron Athlete” award 2 years in a row. Over the past five years, Coach Sharena has been an Assistant Head Coach and is currently the Athletic Administrator and 10th Grade Pre-AP English Teacher at Kipp San Francisco College Prep.
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”- Unknown
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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