CAMP GRACE 2017 – 12th SUMMER AT LTA!

CAMP GRACE 2017 – 12th Summer at LTA

Camp Grace is back for the 12th summer at LTA!  Our focus at Camp Grace is to educate our kids on leadership and basketball! We center our camp around friendship, teamwork, commitment, excellence and leadership.  Activities include the fundamentals of basketball, shooting, in-house games and scrimmages.

This year we are thrilled to add two new instructors to Camp Grace, Damien Jenifer of First Choice Basketball Training and Conditioning and Bear (Cornelius McMurray) of Gooseneck Basketball.

Damien is the owner and operator of First choice Basketball Training and Conditioning, has provided mental preparation and programs designed to address the goals and needs for individual players. In his 7 years as an Assistant Coach for the nationally renowned Montrose Christian Mustangs boys basketball program, Damien has developed a solid foundation of teamwork in practice, workouts, and games. He is focused on individual players, and creating a customized program to maximize development and career enhancement. Damien has helped to train over 35 college basketball players and numerous NBA and European Professional Basketball players.

Bear (Cornelius McMurray) heavily contributed to the 27-0 season for Southwestern high school in 1997 winning west Baltimore’s first ever city and regional championship.  He currently holds the record for most three pointers in Baltimore city at ten. Bear attended Bacone Junior College in Oklahoma during the 1998-99 season where he assisted his team to a record of 32-2 and won their first ever conference and regional championship.  He finished out his collegiate career with a dominate presence at Bowie State University.  He helped lead Bowie State in capturing the CIAA championship in the 2003-2004 season. Bear was inducted into the AAU Hall of Fame in 2003 and was recently inducted into Bowie State’s Hall of Fame in 2016.  With these accolades he is a proven champ and ready to pass the torch to the next generation!

On behalf of LTA, we would like to thank Damien and Bear for their commitment to our youth and our community! They both selflessly volunteer their time for our children.  We are very proud to have both Damien and Bear at Camp Grace!

  • Damien runs the High School group every Saturday morning from 10:15 am – noon
  • Bear runs the 8-14 year old group every Saturday morning from 8:30am t0 10:30am.
  • We also offer a small camp for beginners ages 5-9.
  • Session Two is starting June 10, 2017 and runs for 11 Saturdays until August 5, 2017.

  • Session Three starts August 12, 2017 and runs for 11 Saturdays until October 7, 2017.

Please join us for this year’s CAMP GRACE!  See you on the Court!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Players “Tee’d” it up “Fore” LTA at our 10th Annual Golf Tournament!

Thanks to all our Participants, Sponsors and Volunteers for Teeing it up for LTA at our 10th Annual Golf Tournament

The 10th Annual Leadership Through Athletics Golf Tournament was held Monday, May 1, 2017 at the gorgeous Chartwell Golf and Country Club in Severna Park, Maryland.  Chartwell is well known for being one of the top golf courses in Maryland. We would like to thank Chartwell for their firm belief and unwavering support of our LTA mission!

A special thank you to our tournament committee members, Mike and Kelsey Grace, Ms. Kate, Dr. Tom and Tom Lynott. Their hard work and efforts made this year’s tournament a huge success.  We welcome any new volunteers who would like to “chip in” and join the committee. We need your help to start planning for next year’s tournament.  Year after year our volunteers enjoy this rewarding experience because the grass is always greener on the golf course!

A big thank you to all of our participants and sponsors! This is an important event for LTA and it goes a long way in helping with the annual operating budget. Your participation makes this tournament possible.

Again this year, we would like to thank Bob Bell Ford for sponsoring hole number #8.  Bob Bell graciously offered a beautiful Ford Mustang for any participant making a hole in one on #8! In fact, Scott Barhight caused some major excitement when he came within two inches of winning this brand new car!

We would like to congratulate the following tournament winners! Ashton Bird, Matt Dalbke, Alan Funk and David Damal Ouji from Maryland Glass took first place.  Chuck Gartrell and Beau Higginbotham from St. Agnes finished in 2nd place.  Coming in 3rd place was Ted Nisson, Adam Radford, Jeff Shook and Ray Tignall from Chesapeake. Closest to the Pin on Hole #4 was Jim Wolf of H&D Mechanical.  Longest Drive on Hole #10 was also Jim Wolf of H&D Mechanical. Putting Contest Winner was James Middleton.

Thank you again to our generous sponsors, participants and volunteers.  Without all of you, none of this would be achievable.  We are grateful for your support of LTA and our community!

In the very near future, we will be sending out a note to all who attended.  Thank you again to everyone!

 

Update – The LTA partnership with “Cops & Kids” was a HUGE success!

 “Cops & Kids” at LTA was a HUGE success!

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, LTA partnered with Cops and Kids and an excellent time was had by all!  We had a great turnout and the event was a huge success! The participants received basketball tips and know how from the police officers, played on state-of-the-art basketball courts, had a three hour workout and developed their skills in teamwork! The children also learned more about the police officers who work in their neighborhoods. It was a fantastic opportunity for the police officers and children to interact with each other in a positive nurturing environment.

Feedback from the event:

  • Local high school junior, Bailie said, “ The kids loved it. I think these type of clinics build a good deal of trust between our “Cops and Kids”. Great to see this happening at LTA.
  • Local 4th grader, Chuck said, “Today was awesome! I hope they do this again over the summer”.
  • LTA staff member, Don Granger said,  “ It is exciting and encouraging to see our local law enforcement working together with our community. I love watching the relationships develop”
  • LTA Founder, Mike Grace said, “This event serves our mission to the community. We hope to sponsor more events like this, which will provide us the opportunity to nurture the cops and kids relationships in our neighborhood. A big THANK YOU to our Baltimore County Police Department.”
  • LTA Founder, Dr. Tom Grace said, “This was an exciting event to be a part of.  Observing our Baltimore County Police Department mentoring our neighborhood children demonstrates their commitment to our community.  We look forward to hosting this event 2-3 times each year. The Baltimore County Police Department is always welcome in our facility.”

 

 

LTA partnering with Cops and Kids!

We are excited to announce that LTA is partnering with Cops and Kids!

  Cops and Kids is coming to LTA in March 2017!

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017
  • 9am – NOON
  • 2900 Hammonds Ferry Rd. Lansdowne, Maryland 21227
  • Baltimore County Police will work with area children to sharpen their basketball skills.
  • The Basketball Clinic is free to county kids ages 8 to 14
  • Officers from around the county will share their basketball tips and know-how.
  • The children and police officers will play on state of the art courts to develop their skills in teamwork and hoops.
  • The children will learn more about the police officers who work in their neighborhoods.
  • This is a great opportunity for the police officers and children to interact with each other. The officers are great role models for young people.
  • Kids are encouraged to invite their friends.
  • There is nothing like a good game of basketball with friends from your neighborhood.
  • There will be free water bottles and snacks for all!
  • TIME TO HAVE FUN!

 

             

 

 

10th Annual LTA Golf Tournament

10th Annual LTA Golf Tournament

Leadership Through Athletics, Inc. (LTA) is excited to announce that our 10th Annual Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Monday, May 1, 2017 at the beautiful Chartwell Golf and Country Club in Severna Park, Maryland.  We hope that you will consider sponsoring this important event that provides for nearly 15% of the annual operating budget at LTA. Below you will find different sponsorship opportunities. A portion of all donations will be tax-deductible. Consult your tax advisor.

Event Title Sponsor – $5,000 Donation

  • Golf for four (4) at Chartwell Golf and Country Club on May 1st  
  • Corporate sign at entrance to Chartwell Golf and Country Club
  • Recognition in the Golf Program  
  • Recognition on a group 2017 Golf “Thank You” sign in the LTA gym
  • Corporate sign in the LTA gym for two years (June 2017 – May 2019)

Leadership Sponsor – $2,500 Donation

  • Golf for four (4) at Chartwell Golf and Country Club on May 1st
  • Corporate sign at a Tee Box
  • Recognition in the Golf Program
  • Recognition on a group 2017 Golf “Thank You” sign in the LTA gym
  • Corporate sign in the LTA gym for one year (June 2017 – May 2018)

Corporate Sponsor – $1,500 Donation

  • Golf for four (4) at Chartwell Golf and Country Club on May 1st
  • Corporate sign at a Tee Box
  • Recognition in the Golf Program
  • Recognition on a group 2017 Golf “Thank You” sign in the LTA gym

Tee Sign Sponsor – $250 Donation

  • Corporate sign at a Tee Box
  • Recognition on a group 2017 Golf “Thank You” sign in the LTA gym

Individual Golfer – $200 Donation

  • LTA will group individuals into foursomes unless special requests are made
  • Limited availability may apply

Registration will begin at 9:00 AM with a shotgun start at 10:00 AM. There will be coffee & tea served from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM. Box lunches will be given out to each golfer at the start of the tournament.  After all rounds are completed, there will be a cook-out on the patio. Prizes will be awarded.

Please fill out the form below. Proper artwork should be included and/or e-mailed for display on signs and other media. Thank you for supporting Leadership Through Athletics, Inc.

PAYMENT NEEDED IN FULL NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017 TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPACE

For more information please contact Kelsey Grace at kelsey@leadershipthroughathletics.org or (410) 533-1174.

 

Josephine “JoMa” Grace

With a heavy heart, Leadership Through Athletics would like to inform you that the co-founder’s (Dr. Tom, Big Mike and Big Pat) beloved mother, Josephine “JoMa” Grace passed away on January 1, 2016. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Details below: 

Josephine Theresa (Bernardini) Grace

January 19, 1932 ~ January 1, 2017 (age 84)

 

 

On January 1, 2017; Josephine “JoMa” Theresa Grace passed away.  She was the beloved wife of Joseph Dennis Grace; loving mother of George Thomas Grace and his wife Terri, F. Michael Grace and his wife Suzie, J. Patrick Grace and his wife Kelly, Theresa Riebling and her husband Charles, Kelly Cromer and her husband Brian, John Grace and his wife Lisa, Colleen Middleton and her husband James & the late Denise Franz and her husband Charles; cherished grandmother of 28 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; dear sister of Ursula Parsons.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Josephine’s name to Leadership Through Athletics at 2900 Hammonds Ferry Road.

Family members and friends will gather at St. Clement I Catholic Church 2700 Washington Ave., Lansdowne, on Thursday from 3-8PM where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10AM.  Interment will immediately follow in the Meadowridge Memorial Park.

Weekday Walkers

Weekday Walkers

A weekly walking program for seniors offered in conjunction with the Baltimore Highlands – Lansdowne Senior Center.

 

Put a Spring In Your Step – Add Exercise to Your Daily Routine

All physical activity leads to a healthier heart, and lack of activity is one of the major modifiable risk factors for heart disease.  Studies show that even moderate levels of exercise can increase life expectancy and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Some of the benefits of daily physical activity include:

  • Reducing the risk of heart disease by improving blood circulation
  • Keeping weight under control
  • Improving blood cholesterol levels
  • Preventing and managing high blood pressure
  • Boosting energy level
  • Helping to manage stress and release tension

Tips on beginning an exercise program:

  • If you’ve been sedentary for a long time, are overweight, have a high risk of coronary heart disease or some other chronic health problem, see your doctor for a medical evaluation before beginning a physical activity program.
  • Start off slow and don’t overdo it.  If you push yourself too hard in the beginning, you’ll risk burnout.  Instead, start at a reasonable pace and work toward realistic goals.
  • Buddy up and ask a friend or family member to join you.  Involve your spouse, your kids, your neighbors or co-workers in your exercise program.
  • Make exercise a habit.  Add it to your list of other good habits you already practice like brushing your teeth and eating nutritious foods.

This information is consolidated from the American Heart Association’s web site information on fitness and heart health.

LTA announces New Baseball Director of Baseball Instruction, Clinics, and Camps.

Leadership Through Athletics is excited to announce the addition of Coach John Jancuska as the Director of Baseball Instuction, Clinics, and Camps.

Coach Jancuska has recently retired from the NCAA Division 1 coaching ranks after 34 years as the Head Coach at UMBC. His passion for baseball instruction and development of young player in their pursuit of competing at an advanced level has lead him to Leadership Through Athletics where he will be providing private and group lessons, clinics, and camps.

Coach Jancuska has been recognized by his peers as an outstanding coach and teacher of the game. He was honored as “Coach of the Year” in 4 different NCAA Division 1 Conferences. In 2000 he was inducted into the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and in 2010 he was inducted into UMBC’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Please contact Coach Jancuska for additional information/ rates/ appointments:

Phone: 443-821-4759 Web Site: www.advanced-baseball.com

or

Kirk Krikstan – Phone: 301-395-7573  E-Mail: kirk@leadershipthroughathletics.org

Brothers bring lessons learned to Lansdowne `gym of dreams’ ; Bustling facility offers kids place to play, study, grow

By Laura Barnhardt, Dec. 4, 2004

On one basketball court, a coach teaches her 11-year-old players the fundamentals of man-to-man defense. On the sidelines of the other court, a parent cheers on a son playing in a scrimmage.

Upstairs, a teenage softball pitcher works on her delivery. In the basement, boys take turns in the batting cages.

The new Leadership Through Athletics gym in Lansdowne is bustling.

With fond memories of the lessons they learned playing and coaching youth sports, two brothers bought a two-acre lot with an old house on Hammonds Ferry Road property three years ago. There, they would build a gym.

It would be perfect, they thought — a place for the young people to play, a place where coaches didn’t have to beg for court time, where players could find an empty room to do homework. Where someone would always be around, willing to talk and shoot a few hoops.

Michael and Pat Grace are nearly $2 million in debt now. But since the gym opened its doors last month, players have been flocking to the two full-size courts with six baskets each, the multipurpose training room, the indoor batting cages and pitching mound.

“I feel like what I’ve done for my kids, I can do for other kids,” says Pat Grace, a 46-year-old UPS manager with five children. “In the big picture, it’s more than about basketball or sports. It’s about helping people.”

Eventually, the education room will be filled with computers donated by a local company, and courses on such topics as time management and drug and alcohol abuse prevention will be offered.

“Education is a big part of our mission,” says Christian Metzger, who is in charge of the fund-raising for Leadership Through Athletics. “We all love basketball and team sports, but this is also a place to teach communication skills and leadership. It isn’t just a gym. We care about these kids, about them graduating, getting good jobs, going on to college.”

Growing up less than a mile from the new gym with his three brothers and four sisters, Michael Grace says he remembers spending Saturday mornings in the Lansdowne High School gym, where Jack McKenna, the athletic director of Saint Clement Academy, kept the local kids out of trouble.

“I saw the things he did for the kids, and it made an impression,” says Grace, a 47-year-old attorney and executive with the Fountainhead Title Group who also has five children. “It’s about friendships, the responsibilities you learn when you play competitive sports.”

He and his brother founded Maryland Sureshots, an American Athletic Union organization in 1996. When they saw a place to build a gym next to an old two-story house that was zoned for commercial use, they knew they had to buy it. With two friends, they created the Leadership Through Athletics nonprofit group in 2002.

Kent Politsch, a father of two from Catonsville and a Sureshot coach, quit his job with a transportation company to become the executive director. He and another coach, Bob Mallory, helped rehab the house on the property, which is being leased to a company that installs basketball courts.

In April 2002, they broke ground on the 20,000 square-foot complex. With $150,000 contributed by small businesses and individuals, the Graces took out personal and business loans to cover the rest of the $2.3 million complex.

Mo Kellaher, who with her sister coaches the Howard County Lightning, a new travel team, says the story reminds her of the movie Field of Dreams.

“It’s the gym of dreams,” Kellaher said. “With them, you really get the feeling it’s not just sports, it’s about being a good person, too.”

For parents and coaches in the area, the facility offers much- needed space for practice and games. “It’s just wonderful,” says Rob Luck, whose 11-year-old son plays basketball. “There are so many other kids of all ages who are going to benefit from this.”

Leagues and players pay fees now, ranging from a $40 for basketball clinics to $500 to rent a court for 10 games. But the Graces say that when they have paid off the loans, they plan to lower the rates, charging just enough to cover utility bills.

They’re waiving fees for some players. For example, Politsch lets a group of local teenagers use a court after they help him with chores.

“It’s great. We help him out, mopping the floors, putting the portable rims away, and he lets us play,” says Josh Malcolm, 15, a Catonsville High School freshman who, along with his brother and two friends at Lansdowne High School, have become fixtures at the gym.

Theresa Lowry, vice president of the Lansdowne Improvement Association, says the gym is a boost to the area.

“There’s no community center here,” she says. “But we have a lot of children and young people moving back to the area because the houses are affordable. … And these guys really seem to care.”