MEET THE TEAM

Our team is our family. Our concept is simple—from purpose to Impact. Our principle of working together is the foundation of how EMA operates to make a positive impact in the life of each Student-Athlete. Together, we share the same vision: to help change the culture of sports in the Bay Area… and beyond.

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.


COACH GUMBS
Founder/CEO/Executive Director

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Annette Margolis
Director of People, Culture & Administration

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Coach Matt
Energy-giver / Assistant Director

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COACH ANDREW
Energy-Giver / Assistant Director

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Coach Vittorio
Marketing Squad

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Hannah White
Administrative Assistant

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Christina Leung
Photographer

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Coach Abby
Energy-Giver / Mentor

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Bennett Steifman
Jr. Coach/Energy Giver

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Jaydon Aquino
Social Media Specialist/Jr. Coach/Energy Giver

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🚨Attention🚨Register now for the upcoming basketball Tournament Clinics, which will take place from April 8th to April 12th. Join us for a week of in-clinic tournaments where you learn to play the right way, develop your leadership skills and basketball fundamentals. Don`t miss this opportunity for us to bring out the madness in you! 🤪

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On this #motivationmonday, let`s take inspiration from @the1truecrunchy (founder of @bluemarbleacres_marin) as he sheds light on one of the essential qualities that students cultivate on their path to becoming great leaders at EMA.
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#leadership #monday #EMA #respect #respect #biggerthanbasketball #lifelessons #basketball #sports #youthdevelopment #empowerment #lifeskills #bayarea #youthsports
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#flashbackfriday Reminiscing on our #2023Empowerfest. The inspiring panel of leaders shared their insights on overcoming doubts about their dreams. Their wisdom encourages us to pursue our aspirations with courage and determination. Remember to #savethedate for #2024empowerfest on August 24th & 25th. Let’s continue to foster a #growthmindset, embrace #leadership, and #empower our youth.
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🚨Attention🚨Register now for the upcoming basketball Tournament Clinics, which will take place from April 8th to April 12th. Join us for a week of in-clinic tournaments where you learn to play the right way, develop your leadership skills and basketball fundamentals. Don`t miss this opportunity for us to bring out the madness in you! 🤪

🔗 in bio to sign up, or message us for any inquiries. 😊
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On this #motivationmonday, let`s take inspiration from @the1truecrunchy (founder of @bluemarbleacres_marin) as he sheds light on one of the essential qualities that students cultivate on their path to becoming great leaders at EMA.
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#leadership #monday #EMA #respect #respect #biggerthanbasketball #lifelessons #basketball #sports #youthdevelopment #empowerment #lifeskills #bayarea #youthsports
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#flashbackfriday Reminiscing on our #2023Empowerfest. The inspiring panel of leaders shared their insights on overcoming doubts about their dreams. Their wisdom encourages us to pursue our aspirations with courage and determination. Remember to #savethedate for #2024empowerfest on August 24th & 25th. Let’s continue to foster a #growthmindset, embrace #leadership, and #empower our youth.
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#mindset #ema #youthempowerment #empowermeacademy
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Recap from last week’s MLK Clinic ⚡
Thank you @hilltopclubusf @jasminegayles @m_thechosen1 @jnathan.1 @usfdonsmbb for coming out and empowering our students to get better!

Missed this clinic? Come join us the month of February for our LOVE & BASKETBALL clinics from February 19th - February 23rd. 💛 ✨ 🏀 Link in bio!🔗
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#tiptuesday from Tatiana (@lovely._tatiiiiii). Never give up. 💪✨ ...

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Success can`t exist without failure. You must fail to succeed, and fear is the biggest liar
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#success #growthmindset #fearless #positivity #thursday #thoughtoftheday
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👂We value your opinion‼️ Which attributes do you believe are most important to develop in a child❓🤔 Please leave a comment below 👇 ...

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🚨Attention🚨Register now for the upcoming basketball Tournament Clinics, which will take place from April 8th to April 12th. Join us for a week of in-clinic tournaments where you learn to play the right way, develop your leadership skills and basketball fundamentals. Don`t miss this opportunity for us to bring out the madness in you! 🤪

🔗 in bio to sign up, or message us for any inquiries. 😊
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On this #motivationmonday, let`s take inspiration from @the1truecrunchy (founder of @bluemarbleacres_marin) as he sheds light on one of the essential qualities that students cultivate on their path to becoming great leaders at EMA.
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#leadership #monday #EMA #respect #respect #biggerthanbasketball #lifelessons #basketball #sports #youthdevelopment #empowerment #lifeskills #bayarea #youthsports
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#flashbackfriday Reminiscing on our #2023Empowerfest. The inspiring panel of leaders shared their insights on overcoming doubts about their dreams. Their wisdom encourages us to pursue our aspirations with courage and determination. Remember to #savethedate for #2024empowerfest on August 24th & 25th. Let’s continue to foster a #growthmindset, embrace #leadership, and #empower our youth.
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#mindset #ema #youthempowerment #empowermeacademy
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Recap from last week’s MLK Clinic ⚡
Thank you @hilltopclubusf @jasminegayles @m_thechosen1 @jnathan.1 @usfdonsmbb for coming out and empowering our students to get better!

Missed this clinic? Come join us the month of February for our LOVE & BASKETBALL clinics from February 19th - February 23rd. 💛 ✨ 🏀 Link in bio!🔗
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#tiptuesday from Tatiana (@lovely._tatiiiiii). Never give up. 💪✨ ...

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Success can`t exist without failure. You must fail to succeed, and fear is the biggest liar
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#success #growthmindset #fearless #positivity #thursday #thoughtoftheday
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👂We value your opinion‼️ Which attributes do you believe are most important to develop in a child❓🤔 Please leave a comment below 👇 ...

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Are you ready to feel the love this February?

We’ve got the perfect way to energize your spirit and spread positivity across the Bay Area - 𝗟𝗢𝗩𝗘 & 𝗕𝗔𝗦𝗞𝗘𝗧𝗕𝗔𝗟𝗟 💛✨ 🏀!

Join us for a week of high-quality basketball and love, regardless of whether you’re an EMA student or not.

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Important: Our co-ed clinics substitute for the student interview!
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Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” Our approach is to empower children to unlock their inner and outer potential while mastering the game.💪🏀🤩
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It`s party time! Let`s give a big shoutout to all the amazing people who are celebrating their birthdays this month! 🎉🎊🎂

Hit that like button if you or someone you know has a birthday this month. Let`s make this a month to remember! ✨💫🤩
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#january #birthday #holidays #2024 #EMA #hbd #happybirthday
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