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.


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    Tony Gonzalez
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    James Brown
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    Juwan Howard
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    Grant Hill

How You Can Help

  • donate
  • sponsor
  • volunteer

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.

  • Teams

    • Charlotte Hornets
    • Miami Heat
    • Boston Celtics
    • San Francisco 49ers
    • Detroit Lions
  • Leagues and National Governing Bodies

    • NBA Retired Players Association
    • NBA Cares
    • NBA Players
  • Corporate Supporters

    • Loeb & Loeb LLC
    • Covington & Burling LLP
    • A&E
    • Levick
  • Implementation Support

    • AVID
    • Communities in Schools
  • Universities

    • Stanford University

Our Board

Derrick Heggans

Derrick Heggans

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.


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    Harold Rosenberg
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    Adam K. Bernstein
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    Ted Dintersmith
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    Mark Ein


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    John Rice Jr.
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    Reggie Love
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    Nick Blatchford