Why it’s time to start ‘Breaking Barriers’

The month of May is making me feel good and there is no maybe about why it is happening. I owe it to myself to live a life of joy and purpose and so do you.

May be making me feel like it is time to bloom.

I am blessed to serve as the Chief Visionary Officer and the Head of Baseball Development for LEAD Center For Youth. At LEAD, we have a phased approach to development and May is the start of the Application Phase.

I created this approach so that everybody can be regulated emotionally from the LEAD staff, our Board of Directors, the parents we get to partner with and their children that we get to serve. This phased approach is how I govern my life. It works for me and has been working for LEAD since we were established in 2007.

May be making me feel loyal.

Loyalty is the core value for the month of May for us.

Core Values
  • August, February – Excellence
  • September, March – Humility
  • October, April – Integrity
  • November, May – Loyalty
  • December, June – Stewardship
  • January, July – Teamwork

To us, loyalty means doing the right thing, even when it is not popular to do it.

One of the signature things we do during the May-July Application Phase is our annual “Breaking Barriers Classic.” “Baseball has the power to overcome differences. We have to do all we can to make the world better than how we found it.”

The Classic includes our LEAD Ambassadors who are all African-American and an all white opponent. Prior to the start of the game, each team must select a captain and use prejudice, stereotypes and bias to make selections in order for the two new teams to be equally combined. The teams play seven innings of self-officiated baseball giving each of them to bond and expand their perspectives.

Maybe making me feel blessed that God has chosen me to lead in Atlanta using baseball as a vehicle to develop Major League Citizens.

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C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an associate scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, C.J. has more than 22 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J. Stewart has a proven system of development and a track record of success that can work for you.