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.”

Dynamic Sports Performance Coach Ferron Carter

DYNAMIC SPORTS PERFORMANCE (DSP)

Since 1996, Coach Ferron Carter has been involved in strength and conditioning with a working knowledge in high intensity training, manual strength training and Olympic weight lifting. Certified since 2003, Coach Carter is committed to the physical growth and development of children as well as adults.

Although not a nutritionist, he has a great understanding of how food affects the body. This has motivated him to design proper and safe work-outs and encourage healthy eating habits for boys and girls in an effort to battle childhood obesity and diabetes. Coach Carter grew up in Baltimore City and currently lives in Anne Arundel County. He provides personal training to professional athletes and is a consultant for several organizations.

His experience level and interpersonal skills have been embraced by many.

MISSION Coach Carter is committed to impacting the lives of everyone he comes in contact with, both mentally and physically. He continues to assist in combating health problems and the high obesity rate in our young children and adults in today’s highly influential society. Most importantly, he strives to help all athletes reach their fullest potential physically and academically through a fun, safe, intense and affordable strength & conditioning work-outs.

  • PLAYING EXPERIENCE COLLEGE – Bowie State University Basketball – Bowie State University Football (TE)
  • HIGH SCHOOL – Basketball (Jr. Varsity & Varsity) – Basketball (SF) – Football (Varsity) – Lacrosse (Varsity) – Woodlawn High School
  • PERSONAL TRAINER EXPERIENCE – Brick Bodies Fitness (Downtown, Baltimore & Padonia, MD) – Interactive Fitness (Timonium, MD) – Snap Fitness (Pasadena, MD) – Total Fitness (Glen Burnie, MD) – LTA Atheletics (Landsdowne, MD)
  • STRENGTH & CONDITIONING/ COACHING EXPERIENCE – Archbishop Curley High JV – Bowie State Univ. #1 Women’s Basketball & #2 Football – Brooklyn Park Youth Football – Catonsville High School – College of Notre Dame Women’s Basketball – Coppin State University Men’s Basketball – Goucher College Women’s Basketball – J’s Next Level Fitness (Summer Program) – Loyola University, Asst. to the Strength and Conditioning Dept – Randallstown High School – Univ. of Maryland Football (Terps) – Univ. of Maryland Technique Camp (TE) – Various recreation, high school, college, pro, & law.