Team Turnaround is a non-profit collaborative among professional sports leagues, governing bodies, and teams, colleges and universities, corporate supporters, as well as foundations to promote equity in education in underserved communities, with a focus on boys and young men of color.
Team Turnaround serves the education community through supporting turnaround schools as a national education and implementation partner. We customize school engagements with innovative and data-rich strategies in order to help students achieve academic success.
The mission of Team Turnaround is to reduce the dropout rate and increase post-secondary matriculation in underserved students by targeting these low-performing schools. Through a joint partnership and close collaboration with the sports community, Team Turnaround will increase in-school engagement and postsecondary education interest among the nation’s most underrepresented students.
Tony Gonzalez recently retired from an NFL career that spanned 17 years, 12 as a Kansas City Chief after being their first-round pick in 1997, and five with the Atlanta Falcons. As a tight end, he is the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdowns (111), receiving yards (15,127), consecutive starts (120) and Pro-Bowl appearances (14). Gonzalez ranks second overall among all NFL players in catches with 1,325. During his 17-year career, Gonzalez missed only two games, establishing a reputation as one of the strongest and most durable athletes in the game.
Gonzalez will take on television broadcasting in the Fall of 2014, joining James Brown, Bill Cowher, Boomer Esiason and Bart Scott on The NFL Today on CBS. In addition to the Sunday broadcasts, Gonzalez will deliver his expertise across multiple CBS platforms.
Gonzalez attended University of California, Berkley, where he played football and basketball while studying Communications. During his junior football season he recorded 46 receptions for 699 yards and five touchdowns, earning him first-team All-Pac 10 and first-team All-American honors. That year he also helped lead the California basketball team to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, averaging 16.7 points and 5.4 rebounds as a starter.
Gonzalez began his television career as host of the local television show, “Chiefs Locker Room,” and went on to appear on numerous national programs. Gonzalez is also the host of National Geographic’s new series, You Can’t Lick Your Elbow. In the series, which will premiere in 2015, Gonzalez takes viewers on a tour of the high-tech machine that is the human body. Gonzalez has also established himself in the author and entrepreneurial arena, writing two books and developing multi-media programs that celebrate and advocate sports for children in an educational format.
In 2013, Gonzalez’s passion for promoting a healthy lifestyle led him to partner with FitStar, Inc., the next-generation digital health company behind the hit personal fitness app FitStar: Personal Trainer. Gonzalez brings his deep expertise in training regimens and all-around fitness techniques to the video-based app, which features highly effective workouts that he personally designed. FitStar: Personal Trainer is available for iOS devices and was awarded an Apple Editor’s Choice Award and was an iTunes App Store Best of 2013 product. With his expertise in the health, wellness, and fitness space, Gonzalez joined the Board of Fusionetics. Dr. Mike Clark and the Fusionetics team delivers a state of the art, evidence-based sports science process to optimize human performance through cutting-edge rehabilitation techniques.
Gonzalez’s philanthropic endeavors include a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs, along with Shadow Buddies, an organization that provides emotional support through education regarding illness, disability or medical treatments. The Sporting News named Gonzalez “The #1 NFL Good Guy” in 2004. Additionally, he won a Presidential Volunteer Award for his work on the “Books and Buddies” project, which sought to promote understanding between teenagers and seniors. In May of 2014, Gonzalez will be recognized with the Sports Spectacular’s Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given to athletes who make a positive impact to their sport and with their community.
Tony and his wife, October, reside in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California with their children.
James Brown is a three-time Emmy award winning network broadcaster and in 2010 was named SI.com’s “Best Studio Host of the Decade”. He is the host of “The NFL Today” on CBS, host of “Thursday Night Football” on CBS and Special Correspondent for CBS News, contributing to various programs including “60 Minutes”. Previous broadcasting roles include co-host of “Fox NFL Sunday”, host of “Inside The NFL” on Showtime, correspondent for “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO and a nationally syndicated radio show on Sporting News Radio.
Born in Washington, D.C., Mr. Brown attended DeMatha Catholic High School. Mr. Brown graduated from Harvard University. A standout on the basketball court, Mr. Brown received All-Ivy League honors in his last three seasons at Harvard University and captained the team in his senior year.
In September 2009, Brown wrote his first book and memoir, Role of a Lifetime: Reflections on Faith, Family and Significant Living. He is a co-founder and principal of the Brown Technology Group, a certified minority owned and operated information technology company, and is a founding partner of the Washington Nationals. Brown serves as AARP’s Community Ambassador for Life Reimagined. JB is also a partner with FullCircle Intermedia, a company that assists athletes and entertainers in developing their brand to ensure long term success.
James is an ordained minister and has been blessed to minister at numerous churches and Men’s Conferences around the country. He has also appeared on several Christian network television shows, such as “Praise the Lord” (PTL), “Hour of Power” and the “700 Club”.
No stranger to charitable works, JB works on behalf of DC College Access Program (DCCAP), Special Olympics DC, Joe Gibbs’ Youth For Tomorrow, The Salvation Army, to name few. Among numerous honors, mostly recently JB received “The Uncommon Award” from Tony Dungy for his “uncommon leadership through character and faith”
James and his wife Dorothy reside in the Washington, DC area. He is a grandfather to three granddaughters and one grandson.
Juwan Howard is a former professional basketball player who now coaches for the NBA’s Miami Heat. A one-time All-Star and one-time All-NBA power forward, he began his NBA career as the fifth overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets. Juwan played six-and-a-half seasons for the Bullets franchise, and three full seasons for the Houston Rockets, before finishing his career with the Miami Heat where he was able to win an NBA championship in 2012. Off the court Juwan has developed a reputation as a humanitarian for his civic commitment. He founded and operates the Juwan Howard Basketball School for Chicago children. The school partners with Chicago Public Schools to take 300 student-athlete awardees, boys and girls ages 13-18, away for basketball camp. In 2001 Sporting News recognized Juwan as one of their “Good Guys in Sports” for his work.
Grant Hill is best known as a star basketball player for Duke University, the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers. After graduating from Duke, Grant was the number one pick by the Detroit Pistons in the 1994 NBA draft. He quickly became one of the most exciting and well-liked players in the league. For his first two seasons in the league, Grant led all NBA players in All-Star votes. The co-NBA Rookie of the Year, Grant was also a member of gold medal winning team that represented Team USA at the 1996 Olympic Games. After retiring from the NBA, Grant was hired by Turner Sports as the co-host of NBA Inside Stuff. He will also be joining Turner as an analyst for TNT and NBA TV. Off the court, Grant is a true believer in community investment. His contributions in charity work, academic scholarships and national initiatives for healthier lifestyles have made a difference in thousands of lives across the country.
How You Can Help
Students are most at-risk during middle-to-high school years when transition issues and other pressures are most intense. Team Turnaround relies on community organizations, corporate sponsors, foundations, and everyday citizens to donate time, money, and expertise to help our students succeed. Find out how you can get involved with Team Turnaround today.
Through Team Turnaround, professional teams and athletes across the full spectrum of the sports world make financial and personal commitments that make a tangible difference in a student’s life. From homework assistance to after-school activities to literacy and math enrichment programs, Team Turnaround provides services that maximize educational opportunity. At the same time, mentorship and performance incentive programs demonstrate to kids that their communities – and their heroes on the field of sport – care enough to invest time, money, and compassion in their pursuit of a brighter future.
Leagues and National Governing Bodies
Derrick Heggans founded Team Turnaround in late 2013. Since graduating from Duke University, Derrick has established himself at the intersection of business and sports. For 6 years he was in-house counsel at the National Football League, serving as chief business affairs counsel for all NFL Events and broadcast counsel, negotiating a variety of domestic and international media deals. After his time with the NFL, Derrick moved on to become General Manager of AOL’s Sports Channel. In 2008, he was named by Sports Business Journal as one of the “20 Most Influential in Sports Digital Media” and in 2009, named to Sports Business Journal 2009 “Forty Under 40” list.
Harold Rosenberg is a private investor and entrepreneur in both non-profit and for profit industries. Prior to his successful career in investment banking on Wall Street, Harry attended The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, during which time he nurtured his passion for athletics by coaching high school basketball and working in the sports department at the Philadelphia Inquirer. As owner of the USBL’s Long Island Surf during the 1990s, Harry continued his commitment to education through sports via youth outreach programs that provided opportunities for students to attend games, coaching lectures and basketball clinics. Before retiring from Bear Stearns where he worked as Senior Managing Director, Harry served on the board of directors of his local Boys and Girls Clubs. Since retirement Harry has remained active in his involvement with athletics and academic achievement by sponsoring several scholarships at the University of Pennsylvania, serving on the University’s Basketball Board, as well as being an integral supporter of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. His extensive experience in financial strategy coupled with his passion for athletics and academics has enabled Harry to be a trusted board member for the Team Turnaround organization.
Adam K. Bernstein
Adam K. Bernstein is the President of The Bernstein Companies, a third-generation, 80 year-old Washington, D.C.-based real estate firm. In all aspects of his life, Adam follows through on his family’s longstanding commitment to social well-being in the Washington, D.C. community. As a board member of the Bernstein Family Foundation, Adams serves in an advisory capacity for the Wayside Foundation of American History and Arts, which includes the Museum of American Presidents. Along with his partners Marc Duber and Joe Galli, Adam also spearheads funding and lobbying efforts to combat autism as a board member of Autism Speaks.
Ted Dintersmith, is now focused on issues at the intersection of innovation and education, after a twenty-five year career in venture capital. Ted currently serves as part of the delegation representing the United States at the United Nations General Assembly, where he is dedicated to global education and entrepreneurship. Ted is also a Partner Emeritus with Charles River Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital firm. He has been an early, active investor in numerous successful start-ups. Ted has served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee. Independent industry analysts ranked Ted as the top-performing venture capitalist in the United States for 1995-99.
Mark Ein is an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who has created, acquired, invested in a series of growth companies across a diverse set of industries over the course of his 22 year career. Mark is also the Founder and Owner of the Washington Kastles, his hometown’s World Team Tennis (WTT) franchise. The Kastles and Mr. Ein have been honored for their contributions on and off the court, including being recognized four times by the Mayor of Washington, D.C. and the Washington, D.C. City Council with proclamations of “Washington Kastles Day” in the District of Columbia.
John Rice Jr.
John Rice Jr. is the founder and CEO of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a national non-profit organization that equips under-represented minorities with the skills, coaching and relationships to become leaders in corporations, entrepreneurial ventures and nonprofits. Prior to his role at MLT, John worked for the NBA from 1996 to 2000, first in Latin America as director of marketing and then in Tokyo as managing director of NBA Japan. In 2000 he resigned from the NBA to devote himself entirely to MLT, which serves more than 3000 students and professionals nationwide. In addition to his role on President Obama’s Advisory Board for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, he serves on a number of non-profit boards including LIFT, a leading poverty alleviation organization, and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights.
Reggie Love is best known as the “body man” for President Barack Obama. In this capacity, Reggie was an integral part of the President’s historic election in 2008 and a mainstay in the White House for the next 3 years. A lifelong athlete, Reggie frequently played basketball with the President on the campaign trail and during breaks at the White House. Prior to his role on the Obama campaign, Reggie was a member of both the basketball and football teams at Duke University, and won a national championship with the former in 2001. After graduation, he pursued a career in the NFL before working for then Senator Obama on Capitol Hill. In addition to his studies, Reggie has toured the country sharing lessons learned at the White House and encouraging our communities to become politically engaged.
Nick Blatchford is an active entrepreneur and executive with more than 15 years of experience in the field of sports and education. After seven years of teaching, coaching and building sports-based youth programs in New York City schools and community organizations, Nick launched New Heights Youth, Inc. in 2005.In his role as Founder and Executive Director at New Heights, Nick planned and implemented innovative programs serving the academic, athletic and social needs of thousands of NYC student-athletes. He managed the organization’s finances and operations, achieving a growth in annual revenues by close to 400%. In 2010, Nick began his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the Fivestar Sports Media Group, where he is building new learning, technology and media platforms targeting the youth sports, health and fitness industry. He still plays in numerous adult semi-professional basketball and football leagues and has completed two New York City marathons.