Camp Grace is in our 13th year at LTA!


CAMP GRACE is in our 13th year at LTA!

Camp Grace is currently in it’s 13th year at LTA and it’s better than ever.  Thanks to the following sponsors, this year we were able to supply t-shirts to the kids and the kids love the t-shirts!  As always, we appreciate our amazing sponsors and thank them for their support of our community and our kids!  If you have the opportunity, please show your support to our awesome sponsors:

  1. Digestive Disease, Associates
  2. Write-On Inc.
  3. J. Burke Catering

If you are interested in sponsoring our shirts for next year, please contact LTA at 410-737-2117.

Our next Camp Grace session starts on August 12th. You can register for the next session by calling LTA at 410-737-2117 or email Hope to see you there!

The Back of Camp Grace T-Shirts







Featuring Guest Speaker:

Sr. Mary Jo McGinley, RSM

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. 

Please join us for a cocktail reception

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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 Night of Leadership Flyer:

Night of Leadership Flyer October 2017

For ticket information please contact Kelsey Grace at 410.737.2117 and or Michael Grace at

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



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 – 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!








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.”



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


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




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.