Uncommon Athlete

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Frederick Douglas HS
Frederick Douglas High School in Baltimore City

Uncommon Athlete is a multifaceted leadership program that inspires student-athletes to use the platform of sports to be positive leaders in school, at home, and in their communities. This transcendent program which includes a live introductory assembly presentation and the Uncommon Athlete Playbook curriculum guide with weekly lessons helps coaches and parents to encourage youth to be uncommon people who lead by example.


In 2014, the Foundation launched the Uncommon Athlete program in partnership with Colorado-based nonprofit, Rachel’s Challenge. Uncommon Athlete recognizes the unique status of student-athletes as leaders among their peers. The program is implemented by coaches on a weekly basis and supported at home by parents using an interactive, discussion-based curriculum. It is designed to inspire and motivate student-athletes to create a culture of kindness using five core principles:

  • Perseverance
  • Relationships
  • Integrity
  • Courage
  • Empathy

Uncommon-Flow-Final-MatrixIcon resized 3Student-athletes engage in individual and team building exercises that explain the importance of these core values and are used throughout the season to build teams of not only uncommon athletes, but extraordinary young people who can become role models for their peers.  Being an Uncommon Athlete does not require that you be born with certain physical abilities. It is about the small things that you can choose to do each day.

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