Sullivan went Headfirst into second job; Ex-Padres prospect remains involved in baseball with top-flight camps. Download Article
Power Player of the Week Brendan Sullivan gave up a chance for a promising law career to start Headfirst. Watch Video
New York Times Sunday Sports Article features the Headfirst Baseball Academic Honor Roll Camp for High School student-athletes. Download Article
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
Rohan Palacios is a natural showman.
When the 8-year-old begins to wave his arms and mysteriously chant the impromptu incantation “Abracadabra, presto, magico,” all eyes turn to watch a little red ball disappear and then reappear from underneath a plastic cup.
This simple but baffling trick is one of many Rohan and his fellow magicians-in-training learned recently at the new Magical Mystery Camp. The five-day program is sponsored by Headfirst, a popular summer camp provider in the District, and held weekly throughout the summer at St. Alban's School on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral.
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."
&lquo;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.”
Early Thursday morning, what appeared to be a first cousin of the Philly Phanatic knocked on Lucy and Caroline Stetson's front door in Bethesda. But instead of leading cheers for the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team, "Gomer" was there to perform a surprise home and health inspection. Read More