What We Do

As Scholar Athletes expands to partner with more school districts, our program evolves. In 2015, Scholar Athletes engaged in a Theory of Change process, funded through State Street and the United Way, with the goal of creating a model that would strengthen our program and student outcomes.  Through this project, we piloted The Playbook – a new model of service designed to engage and empower students to achieve success in their education and beyond. We are in the second year of the pilot, and Playbook has been implemented in 10 of 23 Zones, with the goal of being fully implemented by 2020.

Playbook focuses on three Core Program Areas:

  • Academic Coaching & Mentoring
  • Health & Wellness
  • College & Career Readiness

The Playbook

Athletics are a powerful vehicle for youth identity formation, confidence building, valuable life-skills and personal health and wellness. Our Zone members benefit from consistent relationships with our Program staff who advocate for them over their four years of high school.

Urban High School Students + The ZONE + Core Program Areas = Measurable Outcomes


  • Homework Help
  • Targeted Academic Support
  • Report Card Conferencing
  • Targeted Academic Support
  • Weekly One-On-One Check-Ins
  • SAT Prep
  • On-Time Graduation
  • SAT Prep
  • IM Participation
  • Life Skills Workshop
  • IM Participation
  • Life Skills Workshops
  • Participation in Rostered Athletics
  • Wellness Programming
  • Participation in Rostered Athletics
  • NCAA Counseling
  • Early College Exposure
  • Early College Exposure
  • Common App Completion
  • Scholarship Research
  • College and Career Assistance
  • College Trip
  • Scholarships

Short-Term Outcomes

Program Completion Outcomes