Education: Stanford University, B.A.
Professional Experience: San Diego Padres; Texas Rangers; The Headfirst Companies
Camps attended: Georgetown Basketball Camp; Washington Baseball School (WBS)
Why Headfirst?: My life continues to be impacted in countless positive ways by the incredible teachers and coaches I had growing up here in the Washington area. I started Headfirst to give young people the same opportunities that I was fortunate enough to have growing up: to learn how to play with joy, be a great teammate, set and achieve personal goals, overcome obstacles, and to develop their leadership skills. We work year-round to create an environment built on thoughtfulness, teamwork, love and inspiration which enables all of our campers to prosper and enjoy their time in our programs.
Dream job as a kid: Most of my childhood dreams involved a professional sports uniform — and I feel fortunate to have had the experience of playing professional baseball. Now I live my Dream job as a kid and I never could have imagined loving my work as much as I enjoy what I do every day with our inspiring Headfirst team.
Walk-up song: “Don’t Drink The Water” by Dave Matthews Band
Education: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. Magna Cum Laude; National University Ireland, Galway, L.L.M. First Honors; Georgetown University, B.A. Summa Cum Laude
Professional Experience: Jones Day; World Bank; National Veterans Legal Services Program
Camps Attended: Baseball; Basketball; Soccer
Why Headfirst?: I was an Honor Roll camper in December of 2001 — three months after the attacks on the World Trade Center. My father — a former New York City firefighter — was severely injured that day. At camp, Brendan Sullivan and the Headfirst team honored my father and presented him with our family’s first Headfirst jersey. I had only met Brendan a few hours prior, but I knew that the mission of his company would always inspire my personal best. I wake up every day passionate to use our platform to cultivate camper character and confidence.
Dream job as a kid: Mets shortstop by day, NYC firefighter by night
Walk-up song: “King of New York” from Newsies
Education: University of Michigan Law School, J.D.; Northwestern University, B.A.
Professional Experience: Ohio 10th District Court of Appeals (Judicial Clerk); Michigan State Appellate Defenders Office (Legal Intern); U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (Legal Intern); Sports Authority Corporate Headquarters (Assistant Buyer); Abercrombie & Fitch Headquarters (Assistant Visual Communications Coordinator)
Camps Attended: Marmon Valley Horse Camp, OWjL Camp
Why Headfirst?: I’m so grateful to be a part of an organization where I get to spend my days focused on impactful work that is equal parts challenging and inspiring, surrounded by a team of people who all care deeply about creating meaningful, positive experiences for kids and young adults.
Dream job as a kid: Zoologist
Walk-up song: “Venus Fly” by Grimes & Janelle Monáe
Education: American University, M.B.A., University of Mary Washington, B.A. (Go Wash!)
Professional Experience: Washington Post Sports Department (High School Sports Beat Reporter), Commissioned Officers Association of USPHS (Editor, Membership Coordinator), BearingPoint (Marketing Specialist), Envision (Product Marketing, Director of Marketing Analytics, VP of Product Marketing)
Camps Attended: Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Swimming, Awesome Day Camps, Band, Arts & Grandma/Grandpa Week Camp
Why Headfirst?: I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else! I can be challenged and be creative every day while impacting the lives of our youth.
Dream job as a kid: A professional Ball Boy working the world tennis tour
Walk-up song: “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
Education: Amherst College, B.A.
Camps Attended: 4-H Summer Camp; Camp Roanoke
Why Headfirst?: The amazingly talented and hard-working team we have here pushes me to achieve my personal best each day while supporting me every step of the way. Knowing that we are working to provide such positive developmental experiences for young people, both our campers and staff, which will have a lasting impact on their lives, is incredibly rewarding.
Dream job as a kid: Cartoonist and Author
Walk-up song: “Santeria” by Sublime
Education: Washington University in St. Louis, B.A. in Marketing
Camps Attended: 2008 Headfirst Honor Roll Camp
Why Headfirst?: The culture that this company cultivates is infectiously positive. Having been baseball obsessed since I was 3 years old, I am thrilled with the opportunity to use my passion and knowledge of the sport to help create incredible camp experiences like the ones I had.
Dream job as a kid: Starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals
Walk-up song: “Let Me Clear My Throat” by DJ Kool
Education: Lander University and University of South Carolina, B.A.
Camps Attended: Georgia Southern and Clemson baseball camp
Why Headfirst?: I love the fact of knowing what I am doing is impacting the lives of children.
Dream job as a kid: Pitching for the Atlanta Braves
Walk-up song: “Kick it in the Sticks” by Brantley Gilbert
Education: The George Washington University, M.P.H.; Georgetown University, B.S.
Camps Attended: Floral Park Soccer Camp; Georgetown Softball Camp
Why Headfirst?: The infectious positive attitudes are a continuous motivating factor for choosing to work with The Headfirst Companies. It is incredibly rewarding to sit next to passionate team members who care so deeply about ensuring a positive experience for our campers.
Dream job as a kid: Ice cream man (from an ice cream truck, of course)
Walk-up song: “Hall of Fame” by The Script
Education: Concord University, B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies; Concord University, M.A. Health Promotion
Camps Attended: National Cheerleading Association; 4-H Camps
Why Headfirst?: Headfirst is not only a camp that focuses on building skills in sports but also places a strong focus on character building, as well as positive morals. The Headfirst Companies not only provides a positive atmosphere for their campers, but for their staff alike. Every day is an adventure that will challenge us to be the best that we can.
Dream job as a kid: Ghost Hunter
Walk-up song: “Alive” by Sia
Education: Davidson College, B.A.
Camps Attended: Honor Roll Baseball Camp
Why Headfirst?: There are few things I have valued in my life as much as my college baseball experience. The lessons, memories, and relationships I gained during my time have had a lasting impact on my development as a person. Headfirst gives me the opportunity to aid other student athletes in gaining these same life changing experiences.
Dream job as a kid: Shortstop for the Cardinals and a paleontologist in the offseason
Walk-up song: “All the Way” by Timeflies
Education: Pomona College, B.A.
Professional Experience: Washington Nationals, Vanderbilt University Assistant Baseball Coach, Boston Red Sox Organization
Camps Attended: Stanford Baseball Camp, Vanderbilt Baseball Camp, Headfirst Honor Roll (as a college coach), Pomona-Pitzer Baseball Camp
Why Headfirst?: The people and the mission. The energy of the people here at Headfirst makes it an amazing place to come to work every day. Whether it’s in the office during innovation season or out on the field, you’re going to see smiles from people who love their jobs and feel an energy that is infectious. Our mission is to inspire the personal best in each other, families, campers, and everyone who comes to our events. Having been a former collegiate athlete, a coach who was part of a team that celebrated a College World Series in Omaha, and a member of a Major League front office, I feel that I’m able to bring all of this together to help connect the best coaches and student-athletes together while staying true to our mission of inspiring the personal best in everyone.
Dream job as a kid: Six year old Drew says Major League Baseball Player
Walk-up song: “Fortunate Son” by CCR
Education: University of Miami, B.A.
Camps Attended: Headfirst Camps
Why Headfirst?: I grew up playing baseball within the Headfirst Baseball programs and always believed in the “Play Smart, Get Dirty” philosophy that was taught. Growing up with Headfirst I learned what the organization was all about and I now get to wake up every morning feeling fired up to continue to spread the positive messages that Headfirst believes in, as an employee.
Dream job as a kid: Chipper Jones
Walk-up song: “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus
Education: College of William and Mary, B.A. in Economics
Camps Attended: Camp Tecumseh
Why Headfirst?: I spent my summers in childhood going to camp and personally experienced the influence it can have on a child’s life and development. Headfirst is truly connected to its mission, and everyone who works here is incredibly passionate and committed to making sure we have the best developmental impact for our campers that we can, while still creating an environment full of fun and play. That commitment stays the same whether we’re connecting with children for a day, a week, or the entire summer.
Dream job as a kid: Dolphin Trainer
Walk-up song: “Flawless ” by Beyonce
Education: Amherst College, B.A.
Professional Experience: History Instructor, Asst. Baseball Coach &Dorm Parent — Phillips-Andover Academy, History Instructor, Head Baseball Coach & Dorm Parent — The Masters School
Camps Attended: Bellmont Hill Baseball Camp, Bentley Basketball Camp
Why Headfirst?: Getting to work with the caliber of people here on a daily basis is a truly rewarding experience. Another big part of "why Headfirst" is the philosophy and approach to childhood development that we take in our programming. As a teacher, I was always focused on the process rather than the result, and on the skills rather than the content - getting to apply that same philosophy and approach in a different context, and reach kids in a whole new way outside of the classroom is a really cool and meaningful experience.
Dream job as a kid: Shortstop for the Red Sox
Walk-up song: “Roar” by The Katy Perry
Education: University of Maryland University College
Camps Attended: Pinemere Camp, Bar-T Camp, JCC Summer Camp
Why Headfirst?: I came to Headfirst because I believe in the organization’s values. As a father of two young kids, I appreciate that Headfirst provides children with the opportunity to have a great summer. As a sports-lover and former camper, I love contributing to the happiness of kids in summer and supporting a business that uses sports to teach important life lessons.
Dream job as a kid: Travel Blogger
Walk-up song: “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns ‘N Roses
Education: University of South Carolina, B.S. Sports Industry Management; Georgetown University: Masters of Professional Studies - Sports Management
Camps Attended: YMCA Camp Mohawk for Girls
Why Headfirst?: It’s stimulating to be doing work that is meaningful, challenging, and important. Every person on the team here at Headfirst is motivated by our mission, making coming to work each day enjoyable and exciting.
Dream job as a kid: Weatherwoman
Walk-up song: “Space Jam” by Quad City DJ’s
Education: Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, M.B.A., Bucknell University, B.A.
Professional Experience: Arc Worldwide Marketing Agency, The Leo Burnett Company, Trisect Marketing Agency, Purtell Consulting, The Headfirst Companies
Camps Attended: Camp Rim Rock, Lacrosse Camps, Field Hockey Camps, Syracuse Basketball Camp
Why Headfirst?: As a mom, it is my dream to work for a company that is truly making a difference in the lives of children. To be able to come to work every day for a company that I believe in and is as passionate about children as I am is absolutely amazing!
Dream job as a kid: Chef
Walk-up song: “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
Education: Loyola University, M.S. Summa Cum Laude; University of Maryland, B.S. Cum Laude
Camps Attended: Art Monk Football Camp, Dan Gable Wrestling camp, YMCA Day Camp
Why Headfirst?: I enjoy what I do behind the scenes and the challenges associated with deliberate and thoughtful strategic improvement each year.
Dream job as a kid: International food taster
Walk-up song: “Jump Around” by House of Pain
Education: Georgetown University, B.A.
Professional Experience: Highway Safety Protection Corp.
Camps Attended:Town of Oyster Bay Summer Recreation Program
Why Headfirst?: I enjoy working in a team environment and taking part in building great experiences for our campers.
Dream job as a kid: Architect
Walk-up song: “Wild Ones” by Flo Rida ft. Sia
Education: Lafayette College, B.S. Summa Cum Laude
Camps Attended:Five-Star Basketball, UVA Basketball, UVA Baseball, Headfirst Honor Roll Baseball (’09 & ’10)
Why Headfirst?: Headfirst changed the trajectory of my life when I first connected with them as a high school athlete. When the opportunity arose to become a member of the team that had such an integral influence on me, it was a no-brainer to jump on board. Now, every day I come into the office, I get to work towards creating experiences that will positively impact the high potential youth we get to work with and pay the opportunity Headfirst gave me forward.
Dream job as a kid: Cy Young award winning MLB pitcher
Walk-up song: “Rollout (My Business)” by Ludacris
Education: The George Washington University, B.A.
Professional Experience: Owner of Valet Dry Cleaning and Laundry service in Washington, DC
Camps Attended: Rivers Day Camp, Top 75 lacrosse camp, Top 225 lacrosse camp, Rising Stars Lacrosse Camp, Camp Cedar
Why Headfirst?: I grew up my whole life around camps and sports. To be able to do something you love and be authentic about it doesn’t make this a job. The family dynamic we have as a staff makes it easy to come to work each day.
Dream job as a kid: Astronaut, walk on the moon
Walk-up song: “Dreams” by Van Halen
Education: Georgetown University, Masters of Professional Studies; Shenandoah University, B.S.
Why Headfirst?: The mission and values Headfirst provides perfectly aligns with my own. The opportunity to positively enhance a young boy or girl’s childhood experience is something I live for.
Dream job as a kid: Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys
Walk-up song: “Here Comes the Hotstepper” by Ini Kamoze
Education: West Virginia University, M.S. Sport Management West Virginia University, B.S. Sport & Exercise Psychology Summa Cum Laude
Professional Experience: Director Facility Rentals, Director Student Activities, Golf, Basketball, and Cross Country Coach - The Phelps School. Head Counselor - Camp Tecumseh. Executive Director - West Virginia University Student Booster Club.
Camps Attended: Shenandoah University Basketball Camp, Junior Golf & Tennis, Powhatan School Sports Camp, Ashburn Xtreme Hockey Camp
Why Headfirst?: Every year since I was four, I have been involved in summer camps as either a camper or a counselor. The life lessons and fun culture were a huge part of my development. Now, I love the chance to give those same opportunities to boys & girls from all different backgrounds. Headfirst does just that with its reach and ability to provide one-of-a-kind experiences to youth all over the country.
Dream job as a kid: The next best Jerry Maguire
Walk-up song: “Hells Bells” by AC/DC
Maddie loved Headfirst camp. She misses seeing Gomer and all the counselors so please give them a fist bump from her! I was very impressed with how organized your program is, how clean the facility is and how friendly the staff is. I also liked the student to counselor ratio. Every morning, we were greeted with many friendly faces and I knew that the children were safe and well cared for. You run an excellent program! Lauren M.
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