Kids are hungry to get back on the field.

What a year it has been. Throughout this trying time, our number one goal has been to address the rapidly changing needs of the kids and families we serve, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. The support we have seen in the process has been momentous. As you’ll see in this report, our Corps Community rallied together to help one another when it mattered the absolute most.

Now, as schools open back up and life adjusts to a new sense of normalcy, our kids are more eager than ever. They’ve been stuck inside for months without safe places to play, after more than a year being isolated from their friends. Now, the kids are hungry to get back on the field. It will be critical for kids to have coaches who will listen closely to their needs, and who are equipped to handle the traumatic toll that 2020 has taken. This is why we have dedicated much of the last year to ensuring that coaches have the necessary skills to teach and model empathy for young people.

In the words of Coaching Corps board member, NBA All-Star Antonio Davis, “Empathy is understanding how to connect with kids to create positive outcomes together and is a critical piece of a coach’s ability to truly impact someone’s future.”

We are proud to have adapted to the immediate needs of our kids and our communities this year. We intend to keep adapting as we all emerge from this pandemic, with open hearts and a commitment to understanding.

Thank you so much for being part of the team.

Janet Carter
Coaching Corps CEO


Coaching Corps is the only national organization focused on bringing equitable access to quality youth sports and trained, consistent coaches to communities faced with systemic disinvestment and inequity.

Our Impact Since 2012
Coaches trained
Kids served
Afterschool program partners

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What We Do

While pay-to-play costs continue to rise, we believe that all children should be able to play sports under the guidance of a trained, caring coach. To do this, we developed a platform that enables volunteers and afterschool programs across the country to coach kids from under-resourced neighborhoods through a lens of equity and empathy. We offer this free of charge to coaches and community partners, thanks to the generous support of our philanthropic donors and partners.


We provide the following three services: 


We recruit community members to become volunteer sports coaches at afterschool programs.


We train coaches and afterschool programs to cultivate an environment where kids experience trust, belonging, autonomy, and growth.


We know coaching is hard, so we offer coaches season-long support.


Coaching Corps works with dedicated afterschool programs providing engagement opportunities through sports for youth in their neighborhoods, often despite their communities being systematically underfunded and under-resourced. The majority of kids supported by our partners are eligible to receive free or reduced-price school meals.


our 700+ partner strong network extends
from coast to coast


The value of sports participation for children is undeniable. Playing sports can improve grades and physical fitness, enhance self-regulation and awareness, and strengthen relationships with peers and adults—many of the habits that help young people combat the long-term impact of adverse childhood experiences associated with structural racism and poverty.

Over the years, the quality, depth, and efficacy of this model has been greatly enriched by our ability to adapt to changing landscapes and develop innovative ideas to effectively serve kids. In 2020, many programs, particularly in under-resourced communities have shuttered and reduced staff, greatly impacting the ability to reach and serve kids. Access to sports before Covid was limited for these programs, and now the need for coaches is dire.


As the pandemic persisted, we listened to the struggles our partners were facing and saw the challenges being presented with remote instruction. Quickly, we determined ways to support them as directly as possible.

We enhanced our digital tools in Coaches Corner — our portal to train, support, and connect coaches directly with youth sports organizations. We learned that afterschool staff were playing a critical role in helping teachers during the school day by conducting physical activity sessions during regular teaching time to re-energize students as to relieve teachers and parents. But, the curricula, tools, and support necessary to engage groups of kids in physical activity sessions remotely were hard to access.

To support our communities, we implemented Live Virtual Trainings for coaches and afterschool staff where participants could train together, and foster a sense of community and agency.


In March, as a global pandemic descended, Coaching Corps jumped in to support the urgent needs suddenly facing our families and young people. Sports were immediately halted, and it became clear that in order to truly help, we needed to focus our efforts on essential services, such as assisting local food banks, tutoring student-athletes online, and donating at blood banks as the country’s blood supply ran precariously low. The pivot and mobilization occurred quickly, as organizations in the Northern California, Southern California and Baltimore regions requested support. Coaching Corps dedicated time, volunteers, and resources in the following ways:

  • Referred 869 volunteers to fill essential worker slots to deliver food, donate blood, tutor student-athletes online and more.
  • Recruited and trained virtual volunteers to provide academic and social-emotional support to young people.
  • Enlisted professional athletes to post on social media to recruit volunteers and donations through Coaching Corps’ platform, spreading messages to a wider network.
Volunteer Connections Made
Individual Training Sessions Completed
Program Sites with Volunteers Referred
Crisis Response Organizations Supported


Josh, a recent high school grad and Coaching Corps athlete, explains the life-changing role his coach has played in his life.



Coaching Corps shares a common vision with afterschool program partners and community members: provide every child—regardless of circumstance—with the opportunity to grow from the experience of having a coach who sees and develops their potential. Here is what they have to say about our work together.



From left: Arik Armstead, Joe Cattolico, Matt Murphy, Michael Piscotty, Stephen Piscotty, Eric Paschall, Frank Smith, Darren Waller, Sofia Lora, Dave Feldman, Mackenzie O’Connell, Ron Wotus, Ahmed Fareed, John McKiernan, Ted Griggs, Joan Ryan, Janet Carter, Wally Haas, Charlotte Haas Prime

Coaching Corps’ Game Changer Awards celebrates the transformative power of coaching by honoring those who have empowered and inspired athletes at every level. The Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards highlights how important it is for every child to have a caring mentor in their life, reminding everyone that coaching is not just about winning and losing; it is about providing every player the opportunity to become better versions of themselves through sports.

During the televised event, prominent local athletes honor the coaches who helped them achieve their dreams with the distinguished Coaching Corps Game Changer Award. The Coach of the Year Award goes to a Coaching Corps volunteer who demonstrates exceptional dedication to the kids they coach and embodies Coaching Corps’ mission of leveling the playing field for youth.

We held our 6th annual Game Changer Awards celebration in San Francisco. Exceptional coaches and mentors who have made a tremendous impact in the lives of some of the Bay Area’s most prominent athletes were honored. Among them were:

Watch Mackenzie O'Connell’s speech at our San Francisco Game Changer Awards event


Mackenzie O’Connell and her family faced trying times when she was a child. In order to help cope, her father encouraged her to start playing sports at a young age. This is one of the many experiences that led Mackenzie down a path toward coaching. Now a veteran volleyball coach in San Diego, Mackenzie uses her passion, dedication, and ability to make a positive impact in the lives of her players, and she never hesitates to support them with challenges they face both on and off the court. In her words:

I coach because Coaching Corps gave me my second chance. This organization was the breath of life I needed when I was lost and wounded. [...] I coach so I can pass on what I’ve gained to my kiddos. So they can be a part of gaining confidence they never knew they had; or leadership qualities they were too afraid to embody; or personalities they were too shy to let shine.


With the pandemic in full swing, what would have been the 3rd annual San Diego Game Changer Awards event was cancelled this year, but that didn’t stop us from celebrating the power of great coaches! We launched a video campaign to engage our San Diego community and commemorate the deep connections a kind, caring coach can make.


Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards 2020, San Francisco

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Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards 2020, San Diego


Driven by our values of empathy, equity, integrity, and quality, Coaching Corps works to level the playing field of youth sports as a powerful way to reduce the systemic barriers blocking kids from reaching their full potential. Everything we do is driven by the core belief that every child should have the opportunity for meaningful, safe, and quality sports experiences as a means to connect and lift up their community.

Because of generations of discrimination, segregation and disinvestment in communities of color, youth of color are half as likely to have access to team sports than their white counterparts, which excludes them from the positive benefits of sports participation.

That’s why we’re working alongside the Racial Equity and Access in Youth Sports Task Force, an exciting collaboration with local schools, civic leadership, parents, professional athletes, and community-based organizations to expand access to sports for youth of color and kids from low-income neighborhoods. This task force is working together to co-create a more racially equitable and socially-just approach through a sports equity agenda that will focus on improving sports participation of Black and Brown youth by recruiting, supporting and retaining coaches of color from the community.


Be Ready For The Return To Youth Sports

Coaching Corps’ model of connecting schools and afterschool partners with trained, caring coaches has become essential like never before. Trained, reliable volunteer coaches are critical and possibly the only way programs will be able to offer sports due to furloughs, lay-offs, and closures.

As we respond to the shifting and immediate needs of our school and community partners, we are responding to the many challenges our kids may be facing due to the effects of the pandemic.

When kids return to youth sports, the world will look very different. Our youth have experienced a year of isolation, social unrest and economic hardship. Now more than ever it is critical that anyone working with kids understands the importance of empathy, as developing empathy is crucial for establishing positive, compassionate relationships.

We have taken the extraordinary step of offering a virtual course on Coaching with Empathy free to any coach in the country who coaches kids living in under-resourced communities. Additionally, all coaches are being introduced to a tangible framework to incorporate empathy into their team culture, with action steps to build Perspective, Alignment, Connection, and Thought, which we call The PACT.

Through strong connections and trainings, coaches can create healing environments where kids believe in their own strengths and their potential.

Coaching Corps Coach Shawn Granberry on the importance of empathy training.


Revenue Raised in 2020

Total: $3,663,294


Total: $4,575,104


The Coaching Corps team, led by CEO Janet Carter, has decades of experience championing the voices of under-resourced communities. With their deep commitment to our communities and partnering organizations, the Coaching Corps team ensures kids of color in under-resourced communities can access quality sports with a trained, caring coach.

With Founder and Board Chair Walter J. Haas at the helm, the Board of Trustees lead Coaching Corps on its path to connect more kids to coaches. The Board has 23 members coming from business, media, nonprofit management, healthcare, and youth sports.



Coaching Corps is grateful to partner with afterschool programs dedicated to promoting equitable access to youth sports.


Thank you to our donors. Because of you, we make a world of difference…together.

Program Partners 2020

A Place Called Home
ACE Esperanza Middle School
After School Enrichment Program
Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League
America SCORES Bay Area
ASCEND Charter School
Bayfront Charter High School
Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
BeMore Athletic League
Berkeley Unified School District: Martin Luther King Middle School
Berkeley Unified School District: Willard Middle School
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson: Bonita Elementary
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson: King/Drew Magnet High School
Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson: Markham Middle School
Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta: Samuel L. Jones Boys & Girls Club
Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica: Main Branch
Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica: Mar Vista Gardens Branch
Cambridge Community Center
Central YMCA
City of Avalon/Community Service and Recreation
City of Daly City
City of Redwood City
City of San Jose
City Springs Elementary/MS
East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC)
East Bay Soldiers
East End House
East Los Angeles Rising Youth Club
Elk Grove Unified School District
Equitas Academy
Expanded Learning Academy
First Tee – Silicon Valley
Fit Kids Foundation
Girls Inc. of Alameda County
Girls on the Run of the Bay Area
Gompers Preparatory Academy
High Tech High
Hollywood YMCA
ICES Education- Long Beach
L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Programs – Thomas Starr King Middle School
LACER- Le Conte MS
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
Long Beach Unified School District
Los Angeles Rec and Parks: Cheviot Hills Recreation Center
Los Angeles Rec and Parks: Eagle Rock Recreation Center
Los Angeles Rec and Parks: EXPO Center
Los Angeles Rec and Parks: Normandie Recreation Center
Los Angeles Rec and Parks: Penmar Recreation Center
Los Angeles Rec and Parks: Stoner Recreation Center
Los Angeles Rec and Parks: Sylmar Recreation Center
McGrath Family YMCA
Mission Dolores Academy
Monarch School
Mount Pleasant School District: Ida Jew Elementary School
Mount Pleasant School District: Mount Pleasant Elementary School
Mount Pleasant School District: Robert Sanders Elementary School
Mount Pleasant School District: Valle Vista Elementary School
North Valley YMCA
Oak Square YMCA
Oakland Parks and Recreation
Oakland Unified School District
P.F. Bresee Foundation
Region 3 Expanded Learning Programs
Richmond College Prep Schools
Richmond Police Activities League
Runnin’ for Rhett
Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center
Sacramento City Unified School District
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (Baseball & Football)
San Francisco Unified School District
San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League
Soccer Without Borders (East Bay)
Squash Drive
Stonestown Family YMCA
Street Soccer USA : SF/Peninsula
Street Soccer USA: East Bay
Street Soccer USA: San Jose
Sunrise Recreation and Park District
Sunshine Little League
Urban League of Racine and Kenosha
Watts Rams
West Contra Costa Unified School District
YMCA of San Diego County: Copley Price Family YMCA
YMCA of San Diego County: Jackie Robinson YMCA
YMCA of San Diego County: Mission Valley YMCA
YMCA of San Diego County: Palomar YMCA
YMCA of San Diego County: Ryan Family YMCA (Peninsula)
YMCA of Superior California
YMCA of the East Bay
Wilmington YMCA
Youth Tennis Advantage

2020 Donors

Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
James and Priscilla Halper
John and Terry Levin
Mindy and Jesse Rogers
Mitch and Susan Cohen
The Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Charitable Fund
Wally and Julie Haas

Jill Freidenrich

Brad and Cathy Geier
Bret and Jackie Comolli
David Wong and June Yip
Jennifer A. Maxwell Fund
Koret Foundation

Betsy and Roy Eisenhardt
Brad and Lauren Koenig
David and Alana Trujillo
David and Tina Thomas
Derek Schrier and Cecily Cameron
Hellman Foundation
Kevin and Debra Taweel
Los Angeles Clippers
Robert and Colleen Haas
Tides Center

Amy and Drew McKnight
Breckinridge Capital Advisors
Brian and Paige Grey
Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie
Cal Athletics
Cisterra Development
Cresset Capital
Cruzan (CM Management Services)
Dan and Linda Geballe
Dana and Robert Emery
Dodge & Cox Investment Managers
Don and Joy Ankeny
Douglas Allred Company
Eileen Bocci Campbell
Fred and Stephanie Harman
Golden State Warriors
James McGillicuddy
Jay and Michaela Hoag
Jesse and Allison Eisenhardt
Joe and Lisa Downes
Kevin and Celeste Ford
Las Vegas Raiders
Marine Charitable Foundation
Merlone Geier Partners
Mossy Nissan Inc
Nancy P. and Richard K. Robbins Family Foundation
Penner Family Foundation
Quest Foundation
Rich Robbins
Robert Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker
Ron Zeff Family
Simone Haas and Scott Zumsteg
Stephanie and Bill Mellin
Stephanie Dodson Cornell and James Cornell Family Foundation
Steve A. Burd and Christine L. Burd
Steve and Susan Bell
Theodore Geballe
William and Amy Koman

Andrea Ralston
Bill and Jeanne Landreth
Bill and Susan Oberndorf
Brian and Denise Caster / A-1 Self Storage
Bryan Cameron
Carol and Henry F. Hunte
Casey Brown Company
Cathy Cha and Dara O’Rourke
CBRE, Inc.
CC Sabathia and PitCCh In Fdn
Champion Charities
Chase Beeler
David House and Devyani Kamdar
Dick and Andi Balestri
Don and Sally O’Neal
Doug and Paula Raetz
Elise Haas
Farella Braun & Martel LLP
Gale Mondry and Bruce Cohen
Ginnie and Peter Haas, Jr.
Herbert E. Wiltsek
Ian McGuire and Julie Ahlbrandt
Ira Hirschfield and Tom Hansen
Jason Kidd
Jim and Carron Riedman
Jimmy Rollins
John Buoymaster
John S. Osterweis
Johnathan Rodgers and Royal Kennedy
Julia Yoo and Benjamin Faw
Kim and Zach Hyman
Larry Kramer and Sarah Delson
LBA Realty
Lusardi Construction Company
Marcus and Tarah Semien
Mary Judith Meelia
Mr. David Friedman and Ms. Paulette J. Meyer
Newmark Knight Frank
Peter and Sandy Mossy
Randy and Marilyn Chase
Sarah Eisenhardt
Scott and Erin McPherson
Wells Fargo
William H. Donner Foundation, Inc.

Alex Lerner
Anne and Ted Peterson
Bill and Claire Thompson
Carlie Wilmans
Charlotte Haas Prime and Joshua Prime
Dallas Braden
Dave Stewart and Lonnie Murray-Stewart
Deborah Stipek Mudd
Elizabeth and Jeff Spaulding
James and JoAnn To
Janet Carter
Joan Ryan and Barry Tompkins
Kurt and Sue Jaggers
Lee Ann and Martin Shell
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lisa and Marc Jones
Mark and Patricia Jackson
Peter and Barbara Folger
Rick Shlemmer
Stephen Piscotty
The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation
Todd and Tracey Walthall
Tyson Ross

Alex Ramsay
Alexandra and Christopher Britt
Andre and Kimberley Goode
Anne and Jack Holloway
Antonio Davis
Barry Mondry-Cohen
Carolyn Kataoka and Robert Kaplan
Cathy and Jim Koshland
Charles Pohl
Charlie and Jan Hoeveler
Daniel and Mary James
Dave Kaval
David and Dawna Entwistle
Deborah Matthews
Elizabeth and Bernard Muir
Eric and Sheila Thompson
Gary Pettis
Greg and Liz Vaughan
Harry and Judith Collins Foundation No. 4 at Rancho Santa Fe Foundation
Hayler Osborn
Heather Goodman
Henry and Monique Brandon
Jeff Appleman and Suzanne Engelberg
Jeff Morris
Jennie Watson
Jennifer Rogers
Jenny Skinner Robinson
Jim and Debra McLean
Jim Lauer and Susan Levine
Joe Ross
Kenneth Gerdau
Kirsten and Erick Odmark
Lisa and Ciaran O’Kelly
Lorna Stevens and Douglas Smith
Lynne Lee and Ryan Chao
Mark Fox
Matt and Jessica White
Matt and Meg Murphy
Maureen Harrington
Michael Blake and Barbara Howald
Michael Wood
Mike Walsh – Structure Capital
Miranda Heller and Mark Salkind Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Roberts
Mr. Larry T. Rose
Mr. Robert B. Polacchi
Peter and Lynn Wendell
Peter Zolintakis and Renee Breber
Philip and Shelley Belling
Richard and Linda Alderson
Robert Singer
Ron and Elise Magers
Roslyn and Lisle Payne
Sam Mondry-Cohen
Sara Colvin
Scott and Jackie Littman
Shooty Babitt / Kayson Ching Co-Founders Transforming Young People Everyday
Stephen Schwarz
Steve and Roxy Klein
Susan Lowenberg and Joyce Newstat
Ted and Amy Griggs
The Colantonios
The Floor Store
Vasantha Aaron and Sean Gussick
Will and Ann Hoover

Aaron and Bubba Fish
AbbVie Inc.
Abraham Fine and Gabriela Kipnis
Alejandro Vilchez
Alexander Chartz
Andrew Fowler
Anne Sullivan
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Anthony Silva, Golden State Warriors/Chase Center
Audrey Scott
Barbara Murrer
Benjamin Seashore Hobson
Beth McKiernan and Marc LaPlace
Bill and Laurie Hake
Bip Roberts
Blake Maciel
Bob Melvin
Bobby and Gwen Evans
Brandon Harrison
Brooke Standring
Brooks Hays
Bruce Nadler
Bryan Johansen
Carrie Piscotty
Cat Patrell
Char and Ted Hamilton
Charles Greene
Cheryl and Steve Jagoda
Cheryl’s Falcon Friends
Chris Moore
Chris Soper (Coaching Corps VISTA program member ’10-’11)
Christina Vasquez
Christine Reloba
Christopher Boehm
Christopher Fajardo
Cindy Chang and Christopher Hudson
CJ Reim
Clorox Foundation
Colton Henderson
Connie Whorton
Courtney Hamilton
Dan Gray
Daniel and Susan Krebs
Darlene Hill
David and Margie Guggenhime
David Isaacs
David Koppett
David Perron
David Tallman
Detra Paige
Devon Ferris Fox
Dick and Anne Gould
Dick Grosboll
Donna L. Stark
Dr. Kian Beyzavi, Dr. Hamid Amiri
Ebonie Burkhart
Eileen Kelchlin
Elisabeth Lilly
Elizabeth and Peter Chao
Elizabeth Blanton
Emilio Reyes
Emily Anthony
Emily Barnes
Eric Sanchez
Ernesto Gonzalez
Eryn Olson
Esther Shin
Gabriel A. Meyer
Gael Bruno
Gail and Harvey Glasser
Gavin and Nancy Hammon
Gene and Ellen Lamke
Gilliland Family Fund
Gini Nibbi
Glenn and Lori Shannon
Greg Becker
Gregory and Deborah Trippi
Gregory Chirichigno
Hank Stern
Hans Harn
Heidi Howell
Howard and Carol Fine
Humboldt J. Ramirez
In loving memory of Jay Corrin from Janet and Jason Pfaff
Irma Toal
Jack and Amanda
Jaclyn DeBacco
James Bergantino
James Longinotti
Janine D’Addario
Jason and Colleen Sacks
Jason Liu
Jayant Garg
Jeff Hatcher
Jeffrey C Messerschmidt
Jennifer Larson
Jennifer Lentz
Jennifer Wong
Jim and Corey Knowlton
Joe Cocciardi
Joe Slater
John Kim
John McKiernan
Jordan Brown
Jordan Byers
Jordan Feld
Jordan Park
JR Fieser and Kara Tsuboi
Judith Foulk / Kyle Crowther’s Grandma and Grandpa
Julie Meyer
Karen and Jim Parker
Karen and Richard Recht
Karin Blair-Fox
Kate and Kip Sheeline
Kea Ngor
Kelli Johnson
Kevin and Carrie Skelly
Kevin Burdick
Kim Bronson
Kristin Wood
Larry Nibbi
Laura Ferretti
Lauren McAlpine
Leland and Susan Faust
Lew Butler
Linda Charlotte Ness
Lindsay Gottlieb
Lisa and Richard Collins
Lisa Marquez-Valenti
Lloyd Pierce
Luke Alexander
Lyle Greene
Lynn and Bob Larson
Lysondra Ludwig
Margaret McCaffery
Marty Farris
Mary Greene
MaryAnn F. Stewart
Matt Grace
Matthew Perl
Max Spear
Melanie Peña and Mark Perry
Melissa Lockard
Melvin Karsenti
Memorial donation for Jay S Corrin
Michael A. Cole
Michael Alexander
Michael Atwood
Michael Laracy
Michael V Smith
Michael Young
Mitch Patridge
Monica Pressley
Monica Santos Quintana and Eric Quintana
Nadia Last
Nancy Orear and Teresa Basgall
Nate Goldman
Network for Good
Nick Carlson
Nick Childress
Nicole Alter
Nicole Middleton
Oliver Rose
Patrick Wong and Sarah Resurreccion
Peg Ruggiero
Peter and Terry Chartz
Peter Counts
Peter Swanson
Phil Monte
Rachel A Dyke
Raina Devrai
Rena Brantley
Rick and Shana Daum
Robert and Jane Ellerbeck
Robert Carlson
Robert Fraser
Robert Joseph
Roy and Arlene Fajardo
Roy Yu and Celia Lau
Ryan Utsumi
Sabrina Schaefer
Sam Gaynor
Samuel Luff
Sarah Lahidji
Satoshi Steimetz
Scott Hamilton
Scott Schauer
Sharon Kao
Sheila Von Driska
Stephanie Ringrose
Steven Sanchez
Susan Hirsch and Susan Leal
Susan Shatzel
Terrill Armstrong
The Carol and James Collins Foundation
The Estes Family
The Gallo family
The Grande Family
The Kalevitch Family
The Preschlack Family
Theresa Siluano
Tim and Kie Johnson
Tim Braine
Tracy Crowther
US Sports Camps
Victoria Rodarte
Vincent Connolly
Wallace and Roseanna Lourdeaux
Wendy Nelson
Will LaMarche
Yvonne Carrasco
Zachary Feldman