News & Awards
Headfirst Summer Camps voted one of the Washington Business Journal’s 2017 Best Places to Work
The Headfirst Companies make “The 2016 DC Fest Coolest Companies Finalists” list
The Summer Camp Smorgasbord: Shorter, specialized camps for in-depth and exotic experience; 3-D printing, wild animals and baseball
Sports Illustrated For Kids chose Headfirst Camps as one of the Top 50 Camps in the United States and The #1 camp in the Washington, DC & Bethesda area.
Headfirst Executive Director Brendan Sullivan profiled on MLB.com. Sullivan went Headfirst into second job; Ex-Padres prospect remains involved in baseball with top-flight camps. Download Article
Headfirst and Executive Director Brendan Sullivan were featured on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Power Player of the Week Brendan Sullivan gave up a chance for a promising law career to start Headfirst. Watch Video
In Recruiting, a Big Push From awards Colleges, Too: The New York Times Features Headfirst Baseball Honor Roll Camp. New York Times Sunday Sports Article features the Headfirst Baseball Academic Honor Roll Camp for High School student-athletes. Download Article
NPR's Scott Simon (Weekend Edition) visits our Headfirst Gamers while they practice their headfirst slides. Play Smart…Get Dirty!
Coaching for Life: Stanford Magazine profiles ’96 alum (and Headfirst Executive Director) Brendan Sullivan. Payton Jordan, the legendary Stanford track and field coach, once said that “coaches are probably the best teachers you have in education.” Brendan Sullivan, who hadn’t even reached elementary school when Jordan retired, is keeping those words true today through his work at Headfirst. Read Article
Excerpt from Washington Parent Article:
This positive approach doesn't mean being soft on performance and skill building. As PCA graduates, all of the coaches in Brendan Sullivan's D.C.-based Headfirst baseball program use the "criticism sandwich."
“You get the kid's attention with something positive that is sincere and short,” Sullivan said. “And then you slip in the correction — the change required to improve: to keep their hands up in basketball or crossover step when throwing a baseball. You send them back into the game with another positive. It takes more time to do it, but it really does work. And, it's an effective way of communicating with people on and off the field.”
We are proud to have been honored with several awards including:
2017 Best Places to Work
Washington Business Journal
Best Summer Camp Program in Washington, DC
Sports Illustrated for Kids
National Award Winner
The Positive Coaching Alliance
Youth Organization of the Year
The Washington, DC Home Plate Club
Best Summer Camp in DC
Washington City Paper Readers’ Poll