In one scene of the movie “Facing Your Giants”, one of the actors talked about farmers who were experiencing financial hardship because of a lack of rain and it’s adverse effect on crop production. There were two farmers feeling the pressure. One of the farmers decided that he would continue to take care of the field in preparation for rain. He had faith that God would eventually send the rain. The rain will come but will your field be ready?
L.E.A.D. is preparing for rain. In three years, we have done some amazing things, often with limited resources. Nonetheless, we have been blessed in more ways than we could have imagined. What will the next 10 years look like for L.E.A.D.? The future is bright but we must continue to prepare for rain.
Yesterday it was announced in my city that the MLB Civil Rights game will have a new home for the 2011 and 2012 season right here in Atlanta. This game developed to show how baseball was right at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. During that time, over 25% of MLB players were African American. In 2010, less than 10% are African American. The L.E.A.D. model has a proven track record of success in Atlanta. Success that equals more African American young men effectively competing in baseball. Success that has yielded 100% of our Ambassadors attending college. Communities are being transformed as a result of our model. After 2012, the Civil Rights game will relocate to another city but the L.E.A.D. model can follow.
I really feel that this game will provide much needed exposure to L.E.A.D. and our success of ushering in a pipeline of L.E.A.D. certified leaders into colleges and the workforce.
The sky is the limit for L.E.A.D. but we must keep preparing for rain!