BOSS Program


“For these are all our children and we will all profit by or pay for what they become.”   James Baldwin

High school students are under-performing nationally, and more than 1/3 of them are dropping out of school for various reasons, including a lack of connection to the school, a lack of motivation and a perception that school is boring and classes are not interesting.  While student-athletes are matriculating to college, there continues to be a large disparity between the graduation and life success rates of White student-athletes and Black student-athletes.

The BOSS™ program:

  • Open to all boys, most concerned with  low to moderate-income boys.
  • Is long-term — we work consistently with BOSS™ athletes, from middle school through college
  • Is inclusive — we do not “cherry-pick” students
  • Assures financial support for college
  • Assures a consistent personal relationship with each BOSS™ athlete
  • Promotes family engagement with all BOSS™ athletes

BOSS Pillars, the principles through which we turn dreamers into achievers

What Makes BOSS™ Unique:

  • Long-term.We follow the same group of children from middle school all the way through college, providing a comprehensive program of support along the way.
  • Inclusive.We do not “cherry-pick” students – rather, we welcome all student-athletes who want to develop “whole”, positioned and prepared to lead lives of purpose.  The ESP team works closely with BOSS™ athletes and their families, and service providers to manage the unique needs on a case-by-case basis.
  • Comprehensive.  While we are dedicated to promoting the academic success of BOSS™ athletes, we focus just as intently on building life skills and fostering students’ ongoing social-emotional development.
  • Flexible.  The “BOSS™ program” is tailored to suit the particular needs of the communities in which our programs operate.
  • Leveraged. Strategic partnerships at the local, state, and national levels ensure an integrated continuum of engagement and support for BOSS™ athletes on the pathway to success.


Click to see what coaches, current and former pros have to say about the BOSS™  “process”


Reggie Morris Jr.

William Middlebrooks


Current and Former Pros:

Clark Kellogg

Willie Gault

Jared Sullinger

Mike Scott


Here is what just a few participants had to say about their BOSS™ experience:

BOSS Summer Camp

Our camp provides an exceptional opportunity for student-athletes. Click here to learn more.

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