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!





Camp Grace is Back and Better Than Ever!

Camp Grace is Back and Better Than Ever!


Camp Grace is back for 2017! We are excited and ready for our 12th year at LTA.  We are pleased to announce the addition of Damien Jenifer (First Choice Basketball) and Cornelius McMurray (Gooseneck Basketball) as coaches.  Their skills and expertise will enhance our camps and take them to the next level.  


This year our goal is to make Camp Grace  bigger and better by adding the know-how and proficiency of Damien and Cornelius! They are both well known as up-and-coming community leaders who share our vision and philosophy for Camp Grace by combining the instruction of basketball and leadership. Coach Damien Jenifer will bring his skills and expertise to the high school level. Coach Cornelius McMurray will bring his skills and expertise to the 9-13 year old level.


Camp Grace runs every Saturday from April – October at  8:30am – 12:00pm.  We offer the best fundamental camp at a reasonable price by focusing on leadership, education, accountability and life lessons.


Please Join Coach Grace, Coach Jenifer and Coach McMurray for another great spring and summer of basketball fun! Look forward to seeing you there!



We are looking for sponsors to allow us to purchase Camp Shirts for the Kids

Volunteers are ALWAYS Welcomed


The First Week of each Camp will be FREE to come attend to see if the youth likes the Camp.

 $Family Discounts are available

 Payment plans available.

Everyone must signup prior to Camp on the LTA Website

Charge Cards accepted

For more information and team discounts, email kirk@leadershipthroughathletics.org.


2017 Annual Camp Grace


2017 Annual Camp Grace 


Boys and Girls ages 8 to 16 Camp

New High School Camp added this year

We welcome Damien Jenifer to run our High School Division Camp

 100% of fees go toward serving the LTA mission

Type Camp

WeeksAgeDayTimeDates of CampFee

Court #

Fundamentals #1

910 – 16Saturday8:30 -10:30amApril 1stJun 3rd$1001 & 2

Fundamentals #1

95 – 9Saturday10:30 – 12:00pmApril 1stJun 3rd$75

Court 1

Fundamentals #19High SchoolSaturday10:30 – 12:00pmApril 1stJun 3rd$100

Court 2

Camp Canceled on April 22nd – Gym booked

Fundamentals #2

910 – 16Saturday8:30 -10:30amJune 10thAug 5th$1001 & 2

Fundamentals #2

95 – 9Saturday10:30 – 12:00pmJune 10thAug 5th$75

Court 1

Fundamentals #2

9High SchoolSaturday10:30 – 12:00pmJune 10thAug 5th$100

Court 2

Fundamentals #3

910 – 16Saturday8:30 -10:30amAug 12thOct 7th$100

1 & 2

Fundamentals #395 – 9Saturday10:30 – 12:00pmAug 12thOct 7th$75

Court 1

Fundamentals #3

9High SchoolSaturday10:30 – 12:00pmAug 12thOct 7th$100

Court 2

Basketball Camp

110 – 16Mon – Fri9:00 -4:00pmJuly 24th   –July 28th$100


We are looking for sponsors to allow us to purchase Camp Shirts for the Kids

Volunteers are ALWAYS Welcomed


The First Week of each Camp will be FREE to come attend to see if the youth likes the Camp.

 $Family Discounts are available

Payment plans available.

Everyone must signup prior to Camp on the LTA Website

Charge Cards accepted

For more information and team discounts, email kirk@leadershipthroughathletics.org.




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.


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


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 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



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.


Mike, Pat and Tom Grace


Fire Damage Pictures:

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Thursday, October 27, 2016


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.



Mr. Brian White

President of Creative Print Group, INC


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.


Brian White

President, LTA Executive Committee

LTA Board Member





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.

6th annual

Night of Leadership

Please join us for a cocktail reception

Thursday, October 27, 2016


Donation Levels

      Patron     |    Host    |     Sponsor     |  Guest

    $1000          $500            $250           $100

Patrons, hosts and sponsors will be listed at the door

Link to Flyer:



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.