TUF Love

FINALLY, there is a program to uniquely reach the greatest needs of our generation by the way of sports – its called TRAIN UP FIRST. -Anne Schleper, USA Hockey

TUF Love

FINALLY, there is a program to uniquely reach the greatest needs of our generation by the way of sports – its called TRAIN UP FIRST. -Anne Schleper, USA Hockey

What people are saying about TUF!

Tony Dungy - Super Bowl Champion Hall of Fame NFL Coach

“I’ve seen how beneficial TUF has been to so many young people here in my hometown of Tampa. It helps students organize their priorities and helps keep them on track in terms of achieving their goals.”

- Tony Dungy - Super Bowl Hall of Fame NFL Coach

Andrew Beck - TE - University of Texas Team Captain

"I credit TUF with turning my high school academics around and giving me the focus to become a top athlete. My grades went way up, and I became eligible to not only play but to be recruited for college."

- Andrew Beck - TE - University of Texas Team Captain

Austin Roberts (UCLA) Avery R. (FAU) Alfredo R. (LA Rams)

"We always thought using a planner would be tedious, but just after 2 weeks, we realized it actually saved us time. The motivational quotes pushed us and we continued to challenge ourselves. Thanks TRAIN UP!"

- Austin Roberts (UCLA) Avery R. (FAU) Alfredo R. (LA Rams)

Jennifer Holtz - Wife of Skip Holtz, Head Coach of La Tech

"As a mother of a high school football player, I have seen incredible results on his report card AND in his confidence."

- Jennifer Holtz - Wife of Skip Holtz, Head Coach of La Tech

Robert Weiner - Head Coach Plant High - 4x State Champion

"Through the amazingly transformation TRAIN UP program, our players have reached new heights in academics, on the field, in their homes, and throughout the community."

- Robert Weiner - Head Coach Plant High - 4x State Champion

Derrick Baity DB/University of Kentucky

“I definitely felt like I was sinking my ship. I didn’t even carry a backpack. Train Up was my starting point helping me draw my roadmap for success. “

- Derrick Baity DB/University of Kentucky

Nick Bollettieri - Hall of Fame Tennis Coach, Founder IMG

"TUF is an initiative that is impacting thousands of America’s youth in a significant way. TUF increases their chances to be successful in life socially and emotionally through their powerful life skills curriculum.”

- Nick Bollettieri - Hall of Fame Tennis Coach, Founder IMG

Jay Feaster - Exec. Dir. Of Community, Tampa Bay Lightning

“’The “Train Up First” (TUF) material is very user friendly, and quickly engages young people generally, and young student athletes specifically. We are very pleased to be associated with such an outstanding organization.”

- Jay Feaster Exec. Dir. Of Community, Tampa Bay Lightning

Anne Schleper, USA Hockey Olympic Silver Medalist

"FINALLY, there is a program to uniquely reach the greatest needs of our generation by the way of sports - its called TRAIN UP FIRST."

- Anne Schleper, USA Hockey Olympic Silver Medalist

Antonio Crawford - CB/ UM - CB/ University of West Virginia

"At a time when I had nobody else TRAIN UP was there at full force supporting me and giving me the motivation that no one has given me before."

- Antonio Crawford - CB/ UM - CB/ University of West Virginia

James Wilder - FSU National Champion, RB/Toronto Argonauts

“It’s not just [all] about football. With the help of Train Up I became eligible to play for FSU and now I play professionally. Thanks TRAIN UP!”

- James Wilder - FSU National Champion, RB/Toronto Argonauts

Paris Bostick - LB - Kennesaw State University

“Train Up totally changed my life. It gave me the motivation I needed to get through all of the obstacles that I had been facing. It helped me be very determined about getting my grades up so that I could get a scholarship.”

- Paris Bostick - LB - Kennesaw State University

Rennae Stubbs - Multi Grand Slam Tennis Champion

"Learning to be the best, whether it be at school, sports or in life is the most important endeavor. All kids need TUF.”

- Rennae Stubbs - Multi Grand Slam Tennis Champion, Former Double Worlds #1, ESPN Tennis Commentator

John Garrett - Lafayette Head Coach

“Every player coming into the league ought to underwrite their own school or team with the TUF courses.”

- John Garrett - Lafayette Head Coach

John Lynch - General Manager/ San Francisco 49ers

“Train Up has found a unique and simple way to LINK academics with athletics and with the Coaches support, can improve players’ performance in the classroom.”

- John Lynch - General Manager/ San Francisco 49ers

Mark Richt – Head Coach, University of Miami

“Train Up is something all of our players need. In fact, if you made this available online, I would have every incoming freshman recruit take this BEFORE I got them in the summer.”

- Mark Richt – Head Coach, University of Miami

Chris Letsos, President and CEO Boys & Girls Clubs, Tampa Bay

“We are thrilled and honored to partner with TUF at our clubs in Tampa Bay. Our youth and staff are so very engaged in the program."

- Chris Letsos, President and CEO Boys & Girls Clubs, Tampa Bay

Co-Captain of US National 7-A-Side Soccer Team

“TUF is on the frontlines in the battle for our youth, as our message is one of teaching strong character and teaching them to be warriors for good for themselves and their communities.”

- Co-Captain of US National 7-A-Side Soccer Team

Check out what our friends say about our TUF program on social media and on video.

”Success is a project that’s always under construction”

– Pat Summitt

Our mission: to equip and empower today’s youth with the tools needed to reach their full potential and succeed in life. We believe that every kid can be “TUF.”

- Train Up First 2017

Our mission: to equip and empower today’s youth with the tools needed to reach their full potential and succeed in life. We believe that every kid can be “TUF.”

- Train Up First 2017