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"There are a million doctors, actors, models, scientists on the streets right now, they just need someone to show them the way." - Mack White




Our History

The One Heart Project was launched in 2009 as an initiative of Heart of a Champion Foundation, a national 501(c)3 non-profit public charity. The project is designed to coordinate a national network of partners and the public in the collaborative effort to provide a true second chance for incarcerated and at-risk youth.


The One Heart Project is governed by Heart of a Champion’s Board of Directors, and the One Heart Project Executive Board.


Steve Riach,
Founder & Chairman
SER Media
Clark Kellogg
CBS Sports
Steve Riach,
Eterné Films
Scott Fisher
Texas Youth Commission
Mark Schulze,
BNSF Railway
Dennis Spencer
Lagardere Unlimited
Bob Barkley Blaise Hadley
Grub Burger
LoriAnn Lowry-Biggers
The Navigators Group, Inc.
Larry Reynolds
Reynolds Sports
Mike Barrett
EMC Corporation
Jeff Christmann
Adams Construction
    Amy Campbell
PGA Wives
Russell Lake
Seed Studios


Heart of a Champion was founded in 1997 by a group of business leaders, professional athletes, and sports team owners with the mission of transforming the youth culture. Since then, the organization has impacted over 500,000 youth across America through life-skills and mentoring programs. These programs have produced significant measurable results including: reductions in bullying and violent behavior, reduced dropout rates, reduced drug and alcohol use, and increased graduation rates, increased college and career readiness, increased grade averages and boosted self esteem.


congressDue to this success, the organization have been recognized by the White House and its members have been invited to testify before congress.


Programs are currently deployed at more than 200 locations in 25 states at schools, after school outlets and juvenile facilities, and include:

» Heart of a Champion for Secondary school students
» Elevators for youth in after school outlets
» U-Turn for youth in the probation system and their parent/guardian
» A One Heart comprehensive transition and training program for youth offenders during pre and post release