LTA Partnered With Peace Of Pizza To Feed The Homeless!

LTA partnered with Peace of Pizza to feed the Baltimore Homeless on Thanksgiving Day 2016!

 

On Thanksgiving Day 2016, LTA partnered with Peace of Pizza to feed Baltimore homeless.  We were fortunate to have the opportunity to feed over 250 people, provide over 25 cases of water and supply over 30 bags of clothing.  In addition, we were also able to deliver toiletries, toothpaste, ChapStick and crackers.  Over 25 volunteers participated in this rewarding experience. It was heartwarming to have the occasion to positively touch those in need.  Participating in this community service effort warms the heart and benefits everyone involved.

 At LTA we strongly believe in helping those in need.  It is our mission to strengthen our community and improve lives by helping and connecting to others.

 

 

 

 

LTA’s 6th Annual Night of Leadership was a Night to Remember!

LTA’s 6th Annual Night of Leadership was a Night to Remember!

Thank you to everyone who contributed in making our 6th annual Night of Leadership a big success and night to remember.  LTA would like to extend a huge thank you to this year’s key note speaker, the Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., who serves as senior counsel in the Government Advocacy group at King and Spalding.

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Each year during the Night of Leadership we present a Community Leadership Award, LTA Service Award and the LTA Hall of Fame Award.  LTA would like to CONGRATULATE the following Award Winners:

Community Leadership Award:

  • The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.
  • Wayne McDowell
  • Theresa Lowery

LTA Service Award:

  • Josh Shea – Poole & Kent

LTA Hall of Fame Award

  • Leo Rosendale

We would also like to recognize and thank our LTA SPONSORS because without them, none of this would be possible:

  • Patrons
    • Bouland and Brush, LLC
    • Creative Print Group Incorporated
    • Dr. G. Thomas Grace
    • Regional Pest Management
    • Dr. Admando Sardi
    • The Poole and Kent Corporation
    • Urban Renaissance Builders, LLC
    • WeberMessick & WeberMessick Investment
  • Hosts
    • K & W Finishing, Inc.
    • Machado Construction Company, Inc.
    • Jonathan and Barbara Smith
  • Sponsors
    • Bay Country Consumer Finance, Inc.
    • Diversified Insurance
    • Ed Kasemeyer For Senate Committee
    • F&M Enterprises
    • Charles L. Harris
    • JDL Electric Co., Inc.
    • Maryland Glass & Mirror Co.
    • Dr. Harry Oken
    • St. John Properties
    • Stephenson Printing Inc.
    • Veritiv
    • Victory-360, LLC
  • Guests
    • David Abramson
    • Bouland and Brush, LLC
    • James Bryant
    • Marianne Caslin
    • Thomas Carroll
    • David Condron
    • Joseph Fields
    • J. Dennis Grace
    • Terri Hill
    • Mark Massimini
    • D. Harrison McCorkle
    • Mrs. Madalen McKenna, In Memory of John I McKenna, Sr.
    • Bennett Moore
    • Kathleen Phillips
    • Ann Powell
    • Eric Rozencwaig
    • David & Laura Thurston
  • Other/Additional
    • Bouland and Brush, LLC
    • Creative Print Group Incorporated
    • Terri Hill

LTA NEWS – FIRE DAMAGE

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To the LTA Community and Concerned LTA Patrons,

 

Recently many of you have inquired as to why there were so many fire trucks at the gym a few weeks ago. In late September, LTA experienced an electrical fire causing approximately $35,000-$45,000 in damage.  First and most importantly, no one was injured. Additionally, there was no foul play involved. At the time of the fire, there was one employee present in the building. He was able to get the Fire Department dispatched quickly and that helped in reducing the damage.

 

The origin of the fire appears to have started with one of the electric signs. The sign started smoking, which in turn, activated our sprinkler system.   Fortunately, the sprinkler system came on to control the potential fire damage but unfortunately, the water caused flooding and destruction.

 

The insurance people have been actively involved the last couple of weeks. The insurance company will continue to be involved along with the Our Restoration Company and First Choice Services, Inc. They will complete the investigation and complete the repairs.  It’s our hope to have everything back to normal by the end of November.

 

Many of you graciously asked if there was anything you could do to help. As always, there is plenty of work to be done and volunteers are always needed. If you are interested in making a small donation toward the repairs, please send a check to:

LTA – Fire Repairs

2900 Hammonds Ferry Rd

Baltimore, Maryland 21227

Thank you for the community support over the past 12 years. We are facing a new challenge but, it will NOT stop us. We will move forward and continue to do what we do best, Developing Today’s Youth into Tomorrow Leaders.

Sincerely,

Mike, Pat and Tom Grace

 

Fire Damage Pictures:

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COMING IN OCTOBER…JOIN US FOR OUR LTA 6TH ANNUAL NIGHT OF LEADERSHIP!

LEADERSHIP THROUGH ATHLETICS

6TH ANNUAL

NIGHT OF LEADERSHIP

Thursday, October 27, 2016

6:00pm—8:00pm

Featuring Guest Speaker:

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

with MC Keith Mills, Sports Commentator

LTA’s Mission is to serve Baltimore area youth by providing programs and opportunities that encourage leadership and values development, enhance educational experiences, and promote health and fitness.

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Mr. Brian White

President of Creative Print Group, INC

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Dear Supporters of LTA,

 

Leadership Through Athletics continuously engages our community through athletic and educational programs. We have accomplished encouraging and remarkable work in our Lansdowne community. However, there is still work to be done and challenges that still remain in front of us. LTA’s mission is to maintain the legacy of Lansdowne making it great place to live and to develop today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders.

The founders of LTA recognized a need for a community space that could help youth and adults come together in a positive constructive way to produce a better community. At LTA, we proudly serve our area seniors, adults and youth. We encourage leadership values and development, enhance educational experiences, promote health/fitness and we work to stabilize our Lansdowne community. The early-morning Weekday Walker program for seniors remains a success after more than 5 years. We continue to grow and strengthen our Mentoring program where coaches chose our gym as their home facility to develop and guide our youth. Open seven days a week, LTA offers batting cages for hitting and pitching practice, the multi-purpose room for meetings, birthday parties and church seminars.

Now more than ever, we need to provide our youth a safe, peaceful and loving environment. The too-frequent stories of violence in our country have us on edge and we all feel better knowing our youth and seniors have a place to escape. It’s comforting to know that LTA provides our youth in Lansdowne with a friendly place to build positive relationships while nurturing their strengths, interests and abilities.

However, we cannot accomplish our goals without your help. While we have a team of dedicated volunteers and staff, our work depends on public support, and every contribution makes an enormous impact. We seek to acquire funding to support our many programs and enhance our facilities. Whether you can offer a few dollars or a larger gift, please consider making a contribution to Leadership Through Athletics Inc. You might also consider purchasing a sponsorship for our sixth annual Night of Leadership, which honors local businessmen and women for their commitment to our community. This event will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at our LTA facility.

We would like thank all our supporters, donors and volunteers for results we can all be proud of. We are enthusiastic about our future. Michael, Patrick and Tommy Grace join the Board of Directors and myself in wishing you a happy and healthy completion to 2016.

Sincerely,

Brian White

President, LTA Executive Committee

LTA Board Member

 

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER

ROBERT L. EHRLICH JR.

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The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. is senior counsel in the Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice group at King & Spalding. He advises clients on a broad array of policy matters and their interactions with the federal government. Having served as Governor, U.S. Congressman, state legislator, and civil litigator, he counsels clients on an array of government matters, with particular expertise in health care, finance and economic development.

As Maryland’s first Republican Governor in 36 years when elected in 2002, he improved Maryland’s fiscal condition by turning $4 billion in inherited budget deficits into $2.3 billion in surpluses.  His pro-growth economic policies helped create 100,000 new private sector jobs.  He is an advocate for Maryland’s world-renown technology economy, enacting policies that positioned Maryland as a national leader in education, biotechnology, health care, and minority business advancement. He made record investments in public schools and authored Maryland’s first public charter schools law, enabling more than 7,000 students to attend 30 new public charter schools. He doubled funding for need-based college scholarships, helping college enrollment reach an all-time high.

Governor Ehrlich authored the historic Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act to restore America’s largest estuary. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation called it, “the most important environmental achievement in twenty years.

Governor Ehrlich launched construction on 123 statewide transportation projects in four years, and managed the most successful military base realignment and closure strategy in the nation.  He toughened penalties for sex offenders, drunk driving, and witness intimidation and established Maryland’s first Office of Homeland Security.

Governor Ehrlich earned national commendation for empowering individuals with disabilities.  He created the nation’s first cabinet-level Department of Disabilities, for which he earned the “Highest Recognition Award” from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, among other awards.

Prior to serving as Governor, Congressman Ehrlich won four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In Congress, he served as a member of the House Majority Whip team, wherein he helped pass comprehensive tax relief, greater access to health care, federal education reform, and the first balanced budget in a generation.

He also served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1986 to 1994, representing Baltimore County.  He served on the House Judiciary Committee and was instrumental in shaping state policy on tort reform, juvenile justice, and child abuse and neglect.

Prior to running for public office, Ehrlich was associated with the Baltimore law firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes and Shriver, where he practiced civil litigation for eleven years.  He served as a founding Member and Partner at the law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC in Baltimore. 

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from Princeton University in 1979, where he captained the freshman and varsity football teams, and his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University in 1982.

Governor Ehrlich has been recognized on many occasions for his outstanding public service including in 2009, when he became one of a handful of U.S. Citizens to receive the Order of Diplomatic Service award from the Government of Korea.

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Night of Leadership

Please join us for a cocktail reception

Thursday, October 27, 2016

6:00pm—8:00pm

Donation Levels

      Patron     |    Host    |     Sponsor     |  Guest

    $1000          $500            $250           $100

Patrons, hosts and sponsors will be listed at the door

Link to Flyer:

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For ticket information please contact Kelsey Grace at 410.737.2117 or

kelsey@leadershipthroughatheltics.org or Michael Grace at mike@leadershipthroughathletics.org.

 

LTA is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LTA Founder, Pat Grace, Honored with the UPS Jim Casey Community Service Award!

LTA FOUNDER, PAT GRACE, HONORED WITH THE UPS JIM CASEY COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD!

This year one of our LTA Founders, Pat Grace, was honored with the UPS Jim Casey Community Service Award. One UPS employee is selected to be given this award each year and it is the highest honor a UPS employee can achieve. As a result UPS donated $10,000 to our LTA Mission. UPS also created a 10 minute video which highlights all the critical work LTA continues to carry out in our community.

It is an honor to receive this type of recognition, not only for Pat, but also for our LTA Mission. LTA would like to thank UPS for all the positive words of encouragement and favorable recognition.

The video UPS created about LTA was distributed to all UPS employees. We wanted to share the video with you in hopes you will watch our story.

Please take a few minutes to watch our story:

Pat Grace – Jim Casey Community Service Award Video Links:

https://youtu.be/EAXlBuRvVZQ

https://youtu.be/liIH0WLxoSA

Link to Flyer:

http://www.ltathletics.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Pat-Grace-Jim-Casey-Community-Service-Award.pdf

 

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2900 Hammonds Ferry Road
Halethorpe, MD. 21227
Phone: 410-737-2117
Email: kelsey@leadershipthroughathletics.org

 

 

LTA’S 11TH CAMP GRACE IS A WRAP!

LEADERSHIP THROUGH ATHLETICS’

11TH CAMP GRACE IS A WRAP!

LTA is thrilled to announce we successfully wrapped up our 11th year of Camp Grace! The focus of Camp Grace is to educate our kids on two crucial elements of our mission, leadership and basketball.

 

We completed six camps this year for a total of thirty five Saturday mornings and eleven Wednesday nights. We also held one forty-hour, week long program. Activities included fundamentals, shooting, in-house games and scrimmages.

 

Thank you to Pat Grace, the youth and the parents that volunteer and help out! This year we had 165 participants! Centered around friendship, teamwork, commitment, excellence and leadership, Camp Grace was a hit!

 

Please put us on your calendar for 2017! Camps will begin in April and run through October on Saturday mornings from 8:30am—11:00am.

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Link to Flyer:

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Leadership Through Athletics
Camp Grace
2900 Hammonds Ferry Road
Halethorpe, MD. 21227
Phone: 410-737-2117
Email: kelsey@leadershipthroughathletics.org

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Happening this October…LTA Night of Leadership 2016

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

LTA Night of Leadership

October 27, 2016

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Key Note Speaker:

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. is senior counsel in the Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice group at King & Spalding. He advises clients on a broad array of policy matters and their interactions with the federal government. Having served as Governor, U.S. Congressman, state legislator, and civil litigator, he counsels clients on an array of government matters, with particular expertise in health care, finance and economic development.

As Maryland’s first Republican Governor in 36 years when elected in 2002, he improved Maryland’s fiscal condition by turning $4 billion in inherited budget deficits into $2.3 billion in surpluses.  His pro-growth economic policies helped create 100,000 new private sector jobs.  He is an advocate for Maryland’s world-renown technology economy, enacting policies that positioned Maryland as a national leader in education, biotechnology, health care, and minority business advancement. He made record investments in public schools and authored Maryland’s first public charter schools law, enabling more than 7,000 students to attend 30 new public charter schools. He doubled funding for need-based college scholarships, helping college enrollment reach an all-time high.

Governor Ehrlich authored the historic Chesapeake Bay Restoration Act to restore America’s largest estuary. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation called it, “the most important environmental achievement in twenty years.

Governor Ehrlich launched construction on 123 statewide transportation projects in four years, and managed the most successful military base realignment and closure strategy in the nation.  He toughened penalties for sex offenders, drunk driving, and witness intimidation and established Maryland’s first Office of Homeland Security.

Governor Ehrlich earned national commendation for empowering individuals with disabilities.  He created the nation’s first cabinet-level Department of Disabilities, for which he earned the “Highest Recognition Award” from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, among other awards.

Prior to serving as Governor, Congressman Ehrlich won four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In Congress, he served as a member of the House Majority Whip team, wherein he helped pass comprehensive tax relief, greater access to health care, federal education reform, and the first balanced budget in a generation.

He also served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1986 to 1994, representing Baltimore County.  He served on the House Judiciary Committee and was instrumental in shaping state policy on tort reform, juvenile justice, and child abuse and neglect.

Prior to running for public office, Ehrlich was associated with the Baltimore law firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes and Shriver, where he practiced civil litigation for eleven years.  He served as a founding Member and Partner at the law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC in Baltimore.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from Princeton University in 1979, where he captained the freshman and varsity football teams, and his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University in 1982.

Governor Ehrlich has been recognized on many occasions for his outstanding public service including in 2009, when he became one of a handful of U.S. Citizens to receive the Order of Diplomatic Service award from the Government of Korea.

 

Letter from our President 2016

August 1st, 2016

LTA Supporters,  

Each year, I put together a summary of the important work we are doing in our community. I am proud to say that once again we have accomplished encouraging and remarkable work in Lansdowne. In addition, this year one of our founders, Patrick Grace, was honored with the UPS Jim Casey Community Service Award.  Only one UPS employee is selected to be given this award each year and it is the highest honor a UPS employee can receive. As a result, UPS donated $10,000 to our LTA mission and created a video that highlighted all the critical work we continue to do in our community.

The LTA video that UPS created is approximately 10 minutes in duration and the video was distributed to all of their employees. We are honored and thrilled to get this type of acknowledgement, not only for Pat, but also for our LTA mission. I would like to thank UPS for all the positive words of encouragement and favorable recognition. We wanted to share this video with you. We hope you will take the time to click on the link below and watch our story.

Pat Grace – Jim Casey Community Service Award Video Link:

https://youtu.be/EAXlBuRvVZQ

In 2015, we celebrated our first 10 years at Leadership through Athletics (LTA) so, we set off to create several short videos with the hopes of summarizing and communicating our mission, providing information on our impressive LTA mentors and recognizing some of the exciting activities that take place in our facility every day. Additionally, we chose to elaborate on some of the challenges that still remain in front of us. We have attached links to these videos below as well.

Now more than ever, we need to provide our community a safe, peaceful and loving environment. We learned this lesson firsthand after the Freddie Gray occurrence which happened in Baltimore city, our own backyard. These too-frequent stories of violence in our country have us on edge and we all feel better knowing our youth and seniors have a place to escape. It’s comforting to know that LTA provides our community of Lansdowne with a friendly place to build positive relationships while nurturing their strengths, interests and abilities.

We hope you find our LTA story moving and inspiring. There is still a lot of hard work to be done and LTA must continue to do more to impact Landsdowne. We are enthusiastic about our future and look forward to our next ten years.

A special “Thank You” to Kirk Krikstan, Don Granger, our LTA staff and our inspiring mentors who are the heart and soul of LTA. They believe in the mission to look after and protect the LTA Foundation. They make it happen 365 days a year. They keep LTA running smoothly and continue to make positive impressions on our youth.

The following links include the Jim Casey Community Service Award video, several videos that LTA created and an article that appeared in the UPS Longitudes magazine:

Please take a few minutes to watch our Story:

Pat Grace – Jim Casey Community Service Award Video Link:

https://youtu.be/EAXlBuRvVZQ

https://youtu.be/liIH0WLxoSA

Jim Casey Community Service Award Coaches Video Link:

https://youtu.be/nbA-x22VvgE

Longitudes Article Link:

https://longitudes.ups.com/the-simple-secret-to-radical-leadership/

LTA Videos:

Our Mission: https://youtu.be/xy5brd-ZK8g

Demographics: https://youtu.be/9inzmicoTrs

Our Mentor: https://youtu.be/K6c222u6DBE

Again, I would like to say congratulations to Patrick on his award from UPS and thank you for your support and interest in our mission. Feel free to distribute our videos to those you believe might be interested.  We thank you for watching our story.

Sincerely,

Brian White

LTA President