LTA and “Peace A Pizza” served the Homeless on Thanksgiving Day


LTA and “Peace A Pizza” served the Baltimore Homeless on Thanksgiving Day


On Thanksgiving Day 2017, LTA and “Peace A Pizza” teamed together to feed the Baltimore homeless and hungry. For the 12th year in a row LTA was blessed with the opportunity to provide a holiday meal to those in need. Thanks to our great volunteers we were able to feed over 225 people, provide over 20 cases of water and supply over 25 bags of clothing.  In addition, we were able to assist with basic needs such as toiletries, and snacks. Over 25 volunteers partook in this rewarding and gratifying experience to provide assistance to those less fortunate. Participating in this community service effort warmed the heart and benefited everyone involved as serving others is one of life’s greatest privileges.

“Peace A Pizza” in Catonsville has something for everyone including pizzas, salads and stromboli and is located on:

15 Mellor Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228






Speaker Series Kick Off was a Big Success!

Speaker Series Kick off was a Big Success!


Thank you to all who joined us on November 1st for the first talk in our Speaker Series. Dr. Tom Grace spoke to the group on skin cancer and afterwards, gave everyone the opportunity to ask questions.  The talk was extremely informative, filled with valuable information and very much appreciated by all who attended.

We are looking forward to the next talk in the series which will be held on Wednesday, December 6th at 8am. Physical Therapist Carol Besse will be speaking on “Balance and Exercise in the Elderly”


Please join us for these upcoming dates in the Speaker Series:

Wednesday, December 6th @ 8 a.m. | Physical Therapist Carol Besse | Speaking on “Balance and Exercise in the Elderly”

Wednesday, February 7th @ 8 a.m. | Attorney F. Michael Grace | Speaking on “Simple Estate Planning”

The Speaker Series will be held at Leadership Through Athletics

2900 Hammonds Ferry Rd.

Lansdowne, Maryland 21227

For additional information, please call LTA at 410-737-2117 or email Madalen Kight at



Night of Leadership was a Night to Remember!

Leadership Through Athletics 7th Annual Night of Leadership was a Night to Remember!

Thank you to everyone who attended our 7th Annual Night of Leadership. It was an incredible evening with several notable highlights we would like to share with you. The first being our fantastic guest speaker Sr. Mary Jo McGinley, RSM. She is passionate about volunteering and reminded us all why it is important to give back to our community. “A Year in Review” video is another highlight from our night. Below, we attached a link to the video for you to enjoy. Finally, the big excitement came during the awards ceremony when we had the opportunity to thank these selfless volunteers:

Community Leadership Award

Sr. Mary Jo McGinley, RSM

The Fisher Family

Ferguson Plumbing

LTA Service Award

Damien Jenifer – First Choice Basketball

Cornelius McMurray – Gooseneck Basketball

Wayne Christopher

LTA Hall of Fame Award

Jack Schatz

Hall of Remembrance

Remembering Josie “JoMa” Grace


 Link to our Year in Review Video:



We are excited to launch our upcoming Speaker Series that will focus on topics that appeal to our community.  The series is designed to provide an opportunity to learn and interact with various authorities in the fields of interest.  One of our major goals was to keep this series free to the public allowing a larger audience to access these experts. Please mark your calendars with the following dates and times and plan to attend these amazing presentations.

The Speaker Series

Wednesday, November 1st @ 8 a.m. | Dr. G Thomas Grace | Speaking on “Skin Cancer”

Wednesday, December 6th @ 8 a.m. | Physical Therapist Carol Besse | Speaking on “Balance and Exercise in the Elderly”

Wednesday, February 7th @ 8 a.m. | Attorney F. Michael Grace | Speaking on “Simple Estate Planning”

The Speaker Series will be held at Leadership Through Athletics

2900 Hammonds Ferry Rd.

Lansdowne, Maryland 21227

For additional information, please call LTA at 410-737-2117 or email Madalen Kight at

Link to LTA Speaker Series Flier






Lansdowne Community Benefits when Gooseneck Basketball partners with Baltimore County Police to offer sports clinic at LTA!

Lansdowne Community Benefits when Gooseneck Basketball partners with Baltimore County Police to offer sports clinic at LTA!

Community kids participated in a back to school basketball clinic and learned more than just basketball skills.  They learned about teamwork, leadership and our men and women in blue.  More than 100 kids had a great time running, shooting hoops and sharpening their basketball skills at the clinic. The Baltimore County Police Department and Gooseneck basketball teamed with LTA to offer kids this incredible sports experience.  The lessons they learned were invaluable.

“Now, more than ever, it is important for kids to have the chance to interact with law enforcement officers in a positive setting and to see them as role models,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The purpose of the program is to allow community members, particularly young people, to interact with police officers in a positive setting. “Both our police officers and our communities are safer when officers and residents know and trust each other,” said Kamenetz.

“We were excited to work with the Baltimore County Police Department and Gooseneck Basketball to bring this excellent opportunity to LTA. It was great to see the young people and police officers interact in a positive nurturing environment” said LTA Co-Founder Pat Grace.

Cornelius (Bear) McMurray founder of Gooseneck Basketball has made it his mission to teach kids life lessons, leadership and teamwork on the court.  “Cornelius (Bear) also helps young people discover and explore their talents and interests while developing their basketball skills,” said LTA Co-Founder Mike Grace.

This back to school basketball clinic was co-hosted by Leadership through Athletics (LTA) as a follow-up to a very well received Cops and Kids clinic last spring.  “The clinics were very rewarding for the kids, the cops and the community,” said Kirk Krikstan, LTA’s General Manager.  We look forward to offering more clinics similar to this one at LTA.

A big thank you to the Baltimore County Police Department and Gooseneck Basketball for bringing this fantastic experience to LTA!

Sure Shots Tryouts for Winter 2017-2018

Sure Shots Tryouts for Winter 2017-2018


The 5th grade tryouts will be Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Please help spread the word and join us at LTA for 5th grade tryouts on September 28th.


Due to unforeseen circumstances the 4th grade Sure Shots Tryouts for Winter 2017-2018 have been cancelled.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. 


Leadership Through Athletics

2900 Hammonds Ferry Road

Lansdowne, Maryland 21227






Key Note Speaker for the 7th Annual LTA Night of Leadership!

7th Annual LTA Night of Leadership

Please join us this October 26, 2017 for our 7th annual Night of Leadership. We are thrilled to announce this year’s key note speaker will be Sister Mary Jo McGinley, RSM.

Key Note Speaker:

Sr. Mary Jo McGinley, RSM

October 26, 2017

6:00pm– 8:00pm

With creativity, leadership and passionate commitment, Sr. Mary Jo McGinley is improving the lives and health of thousands who are poor and vulnerable in Peru, Guatemala, Jamaica and Haiti. And along the way, she is creating opportunities for volunteers to serve and be formed by the process.

Sr. Mary Jo McGinley, RSM serves as the executive director of Global Health Ministry at Catholic Health East. Sr. Mary Jo leads a team of dedicated, valiant volunteers who side by side with their in-country partners, provide medical and surgical health care and education for the poorest of the poor. In Peru, she joined with local community leaders to create the Madre y Nino program in three regions of the Andes where maternal/infant deaths were the highest in the country. Within three years, the program resulted in a 50 percent reduction in the death rate.

In Chulucanas, Sr. Mary Jo helped develop the diocesan health care and education department, Centro Pastoral, which serves the poor of the community daily. Technical advice and financial support from Global Health Ministry has greatly improved the health status of the community. Sr. Mary Jo’s creativity and execution of ideas and requests from the community transformed what was once a field hospital into a fully functioning community hospital with three new operating rooms and a large emergency care suite.

In Haiti, she is helping modernize Alma Mater Hospital. Along with local leaders, she is leading a feasibility study to assess the capacity of the infrastructure to care for surgical patients and to develop a strategic plan for long-term development and sustainability.

Under her leadership, the Global Health Ministry orientation and training program for volunteers creates lifetime givers conscious of the interdependence of people around the world. Judith Persichilli, president and CEO of Catholic Health East, says, “Sr. Mary Jo envisions a world better than the present for all those Global Health Ministry serves. She inspires others to see that same world and motivates hundreds of individuals to follow her lead into countries and communities far distant than the world they come from, and along the way, she changes their view of the world as well.”




Mark Your Calendar for Frederick Road Fridays!


Mark Your Calendar for Friday, July 28, 2017

LTA will be in Catonsville on Friday, July 28th for Frederick Road Fridays! 

The band is “Leftovers” 

Admission is FREE

Please consider supporting LTA by purchasing your beverages at the concert. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed at these events.

We love dogs! But unfortunately at crowded events like Frederick Road

Fridays, they can’t allow dogs on the premises for health and safety

reasons. Thank you for understanding.

15 Mellor Avenue • 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Please note: Cancellations will be posted on the Catonsville Chamber’s Facebook page


CAMP GRACE 2017 – 13th Summer at LTA

Camp Grace is back for the 13th 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!