Our Story

Beginning in 2015, we served as a motivational speaking program for high schools, focusing on tools for prevention of harmful behaviors in order to preserve career potential and reduce rates of substance abuse.

But we realized our foundation could be more effective by focusing our time and energy on building sustainable leadership development platforms for high school sports teams.

With the help from coaches, teachers, and counselors, our leadership program continues to infiltrate more high schools and is becoming one of the fastest growing non-profit organizations in North Carolina. 
​"We hope 4th Down will continue to be a part of the inspiration sitting on my son's shoulders to motivate him academically as well as athletically. We are blessed to have this program in his life." ​
Parent of City College High School Student​

Our Services

1. Leadership Development for High School Athletic Teams

  • Our staff will serve as an advisor to each high school's athletic team, their coaching staff and pre-selected captain(s), for the purpose of collaborating to grow a sustainable winning culture based on our cultural framework. Our platform incorporates leadership principles derived from experiences in the United States military and collegiate athletics in order to build knowledge in team-leadership and provide opportunities to apply that knowledge in team-building activities. 

2. ATHLEAD

  • ATHLEAD is a physical and mental toughness competition for high school sports teams designed and facilitated by The 4th Down Foundation with the help and support of the United States Marine Corps. The goal is to facilitate the growth and development of high school team-leadership. Student athletes learn: (1) problem solving in complex environments; (2) executing within a team efficiently; (3) gathering, processing, and communicating information under stress in a time pressured environment; (4) managing through ambiguity; and (5) the self-capability of achieving more than what was previously conceivable. 

3. Leadership for Business

  • If you can lead high school athletes, you can lead anyone! The 4th Down Foundation will provide you with the ideal training ground for your junior-level executives. We will provide your junior leaders with the standard operating procedure to consult and lead their very own high school sports team. They will work alongside Team Captains and their coaches to help develop a winning program within 6 months. Contact us to find out how you can involve your junior-level executives. 
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"Consistent execution over time yields positive results."
David Daggett
Daggett Shuler Attorneys At Law