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Our Mission

Since 2009, Coach Sam’s has been successful in reaching hundreds of children and motivating them to believe in themselves, leading to improved academic performance and self-confidence, setting them on the path toward a brighter future.

Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation’s mission is to provide educational support to at risk children through a combination of:


The Aiming Higher® program helps at risk students develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, sharpens cognition, and prepares students for a lifetime of learning. Our proprietary and diverse curriculum was developed to meet the needs of our scholars.

Personal Development

Through experiential and hands on programs students connect learning with their realities and opportunities, building health, vitality, and social skills as a platform upon which their intellectual development can flourish.

and Fitness

Students learn how to make healthy choices through diet and physical activity and to redirect their energy into collaborative activities for scholastic achievement.


Through 30 unique units of learning, Aiming Higher® provides meaningful ways for parents and adults to support their children in an out of the classroom so additional learning and conversations continue outside of school.

Your support of Coach Sam’s Scholars and the Aiming Higher program is the reason why 100% of our third graders will advance this year.

Your support will introduce students to hundreds of classic and cultural rich texts, many of which our young scholars will keep and enjoy for years to come.

You will ensure that each scholar receives 150 minutes of personalized assistance each week, customized instruction and encouragement from our professional Aiming Higher staff. Your support will help introduce students to successful role models in their community and critical resources designed specifically for their benefit.