Strive
Strive

YEAR-ROUND AVAILABILITY

YOUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY


Strive offers year-round, on-site development so you can bring the best of our character-based leadership development work directly to your school, community organization, or athletic league. Leadership Workshops are highly customized professional development opportunities that help programs drive their specific goals forward.

The design of each workshop series is as unique as each organization. Some schools focus the sessions within the athletic department; others expand to include wider school leadership (we’ve been known to even train the school bus drivers!). Athletic leagues and community groups zero in for program-specific support or take a broader approach, engaging leaders across the entire organization. Workshop design begins with a needs assessment conducted by video conference or through an immersive visit that combines staff and student interviews and class and practice observations.

Strive creates each individual development program drawing from a core of five workshops: Motivation and the Energy Epidemic; The Fundamental Pillars of Leadership; Got Grit – The Mentally Tough Athlete; Building and Reinforcing Ideal Team Culture; and The Captains and Coaches Clinic. This curricular base is then adapted to each organization’s specific goals. Organizations can choose to do a series of three-hour workshops over the span of a day or two, or can bring Strive out multiple times during the year for an ongoing development experience.

Strive has worked with schools, leagues, and community organizations across the country to build conscious, unique cultures, develop leaders at every level of the program, and sharpen game play across teams. We’d love to hear about your vision and challenges and design a program just for you!


MEET THE FACILITATORS

Strive’s Director of Curriculum and Programming, Pam Herath, leads a team of six facilitators who bring decades of expertise in athletics and leadership to Strive’s partner schools and organizations around the country.

Pam HerathStrive
Director of Curriculum & Programming

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One of the founders of Strive’s Coaches’ Institutes, Pam is a skilled facilitator with a rich career in coaching and teaching. Pam has led hundreds of dynamic workshops, seminars and keynotes addresses in sports and academic arenas, with special expertise in diversity, gender, health/wellness, sexuality, mindfulness, and affecting change. Prior to joining Strive, Pam was Dean of Students for four years and Athletic Director for 16 at the Burke School in Washington, DC. A record-setting college volleyball athlete, Pam has led championship winning volleyball teams and still enjoys fierce competition on the court. Pam’s coaching and teaching experience includes basketball, track and field, yoga, health, and leadership. Pam graduated from Radford and earned her master’s in physical education, exercise science at James Madison University. When not traveling the country inspiring coaches and athletes for Strive, Pam can be found competing as a triathlete.

Most recently, Pam has presented at the following conferences and schools:

- Keynote Speaker, Occidental College

- Presenter, Character.org National Conference

- Presenter, Urban Soccer Symposium 

Erin DeMarcoBryn Mawr College (PA)
Faculty and Head Coach

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Erin brings an extensive college coaching career to her role as facilitator, with experience at Bryn Mawr, Oswego State, and Vassar College. Erin has coached collegiate soccer and men’s lacrosse, taking her teams to play-offs and receiving the NSCAA’s Team Academic Award for 7 consecutive years. In addition to college coaching, Erin is the current National Chair of the NSCAA Collegiate Women’s All-America Committee and has worked with the Region I Olympic Development Program for 12 years in various capacities. Erin attended Ithaca College where she was an award-winning soccer player and ultimately inducted into Ithaca’s Athletic Hall of Fame last fall. Erin first coached at Sports Challenge in 2008 and has coached every summer since 2013. She began facilitation work with Strive in 2014.

Tony DeSabatoFriends Central School & Temple U. (PA)
Track and Field Coach | Adjunct Professor

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Tony is Head Coach of Boys Track and Field at Friends Central School, where his athletes regularly win championship medals and go on to compete successfully at the collegiate level. Tony started his professional career as a labor attorney and discovered recreational running in the early 1980s. By co-founding the Center City Running Club in Philadelphia, Tony became immersed in the Philadelphia area running scene. While serving in various capacities from Race Director to Board Member for the Philadelphia Distance Run, Tony began coaching individual runners which ultimately led him to his current coaching position at the Friends Central School. Tony began leading workshops for Strive in 2013.

Sam PermuttSt. Andrew's School (DE)
Teacher & Basketball Coach

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Sam coaches basketball and teaches mathematics and student leadership at St. Andrew’s School. Prior to his position at St. Andrew’s, Sam taught middle school and coached high school basketball in the Philadelphia area, played basketball professionally in Israel, and oversaw DiverseCity Hoops, a non-profit organization he founded. Under Sam’s leadership, DiverseCity Hoops expanded to include DiverseCity Baseball in multiple cities. Sam attended Haverford College where he captained the basketball team. Sam has worked with Strive since 2012.

Kodi ShayGermantown Academy (PA)
Assistant Director of Admissions & Coach

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Kodi has a career of varsity coaching in independent schools, including Christ School (NC), his alma mater St. Andrew’s School (DE), and most recently Germantown Academy. While at Christ School, Kodi helped lead his nationally-ranked basketball team to a state title. Kodi studied at Muhlenberg College where he earned Conference Player of the Year and All-American football honors. Kodi has worked with Sports Challenge in various capacities since 2008, including co-director of the boys basketball program and admissions director. In his current role, Kodi facilitates leadership workshops with schools and teams across the country.

Carrie TimminsWesttown School (PA)
School Counselor, Teacher & Head Coach

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Carrie has been playing basketball since the age of 8 and today combines her passion for the game and her passion for teaching at Westtown School. Carrie started her coaching career with the women’s basketball team at University of Delaware and then moved to Moorestown Friends and ultimately Westtown. Carrie studied and played basketball at University of Delaware, reaching the WNIT tournament twice and the NCAA tournament once, and earned her master’s at West Chester University. Her emphasis on relationships, resilience, and communication makes her a natural fit for Strive, where she has facilitated workshops since 2013.

Sabrina ZurkhulenCalhoun School (NY)
Assistant Director of Athletics

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Sabrina teaches health and coaches basketball and volleyball at the Calhoun School. Additionally, Sabrina coaches a travel volleyball team with the New York City Juniors. Sabrina is a Registered Nurse, with a degree from New York University’s College of Nursing, and is currently pursuing a master’s in Recreation and Sport Science with a concentration in Coaching Education from Ohio University. Sabrina first engaged with Strive by attending the Coaches’ Institute. She now serves as Director of Sports Challenge and began facilitating leadership workshops in 2015.


A LOOK INSIDE OUR WORKSHOPS

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We had the pleasure of working with [Strive] on our inaugural Ravens L.I.F.T. (Leading and Inspiring Females to Thrive) Conference. We had a vision for the event, but knew we needed to bring in experts with highly specialized leadership development to execute our workshops. That’s when we discovered Pam Herath and [Strive]. Pam’s positive energy is contagious and her presentation to our female high school student-athletes was engaging, empowering and fun. We appreciated the flexibility that [Strive] allowed and their passion for our vision helped make our first L.I.F.T. Conference a successful one.

— Heather Darney | Director of Community Relations | Baltimore Ravens

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This is a picture from before one of AFS’s Girls Basketball playoff games. On the players’ headbands and shirts is our #HRT logo (Hard Work - Respect - Togetherness) that [Strive] helped us forge in our work together. We also read our mission statement out loud before each game. 

We finished 21-7 on the year, making it to the Friends Schools League championship game and to the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Final Four. Most importantly, we had very little of the player-to-player drama that consumed our team in 2014-15. [Strive’s] work early in the season was critical in helping us come together as we did and grow as a team; I remain committed to the model that [Strive] promotes.

— Jeff Bond | Abington Friends School Director of Athletics | Upper School History Teacher | Head Coach Varsity Girls’ Basketball