Our story

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Growing up, Justin found beauty in the game of football and realized its potential to help kids stay focused, both on and off the field. Along with this realization, they discovered young adult mentors can have a major impact on middle school youth. From this observation The 4th Quarter after school program was born.


Our youth face these challenges on a daily basis

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  • Losing focus in the classroom

  • Experimenting with drugs & alcohol after-school

  • Gaining weight due to lack of exercise

  • Failing to reach ones leadership potential

The positive influence our mentorship provides will help to ensure that our youth make the right decisions when placed in the 4th Quarter ( where difficult decisions are decided and your character is defined).

 

The 4th Quarter program aims to create young leaders.  By using football and fitness students develop stellar habits and a positive mindset that allow them to accomplish their dreams. The 4th Quarter firmly believes that students who embody  persistence, academic excellence, selflessness, self-confidence, integrity, and teamwork will be better equipped to reach their true leadership potential.

Through adults, young adults, and youth working together we plan to:

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  • Reinforce healthy lifestyle choices

  • Enhance focus in the classroom

  • Improve critical decision making skills through sport specific lessons

  • Enable students how to take action on their goals

 

Below are just of the few goals we are working on:

  • Developing a program that can donate multiple scholarships to our local youth community.

  • Providing community service opportunities for high school athletes.

  • Developing a nationally recognized young adult coaching organization.

  • Building a community center that can help young athletes stay focused in "The 4th Quarter Of Life".


Baltimore Sun Article

 Last fall, the pair founded  4thQTR Inc , a nonprofit that uses sports as a vehicle to mentor local youths. The idea is to help students in the “fourth quarter of life,” which Covington and Guy use as a metaphor for the pivotal moments young people face on and off the field.  Their organization got its first gig this spring, a weekly after-school program for students at Elkridge Landing Middle School. The founders held hour-long sessions Monday afternoons from early May to mid-June, during which as many as 18 students gathered outside for exercise and to run football drills, interspersed with big brotherly advice and help with schoolwork. The program focuses on four areas: academic excellence; drug and alcohol awareness; healthy habits and physical fitness; and leadership skill-building through sports.   Click here to see the full article

Last fall, the pair founded 4thQTR Inc, a nonprofit that uses sports as a vehicle to mentor local youths. The idea is to help students in the “fourth quarter of life,” which Covington and Guy use as a metaphor for the pivotal moments young people face on and off the field.

Their organization got its first gig this spring, a weekly after-school program for students at Elkridge Landing Middle School. The founders held hour-long sessions Monday afternoons from early May to mid-June, during which as many as 18 students gathered outside for exercise and to run football drills, interspersed with big brotherly advice and help with schoolwork. The program focuses on four areas: academic excellence; drug and alcohol awareness; healthy habits and physical fitness; and leadership skill-building through sports.

Click here to see the full article


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