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USG's 2021 Year in Review

USG Academy Graduates touring Hard Rock Stadium during our first Weekend Gathering event of 2021
USG Academy Graduates touring Hard Rock Stadium during our first Weekend Gathering event of 2021

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!”

- 1st Chronicles 16:34

2021 marks the 8th year of our organizations’ existence and the first full year since our name change from Managers On A Mission to Uncommon Sports Group. We wanted to take a moment to share some of the most notable praises of 2021 below.

USG Staff:

We continue to be thankful for the Lord leading new individuals to join our team. We were blessed to add Noah Weiss and Suzanne Horner as new Ministry Engagement Associates, Zac Colburn as our Director of Operations in addition to JD Mathis, Erin Couwenhoven, Mike Moore, Daniel Peterfeso, and Joel Davis as Operations Associates.

USG Board:

Two of our longest serving Board Members, Chris King (since 2014) & Chad Atherton (since 2013) officially finished their final terms with our organization in 2021. While they will certainly be missed, God has faithfully led us to be able to add new Board Members in Angela Marin, Jalen Stone, Johnny Shelton, and Jason Romano. The new board members will begin their board terms next month.

Chad and Chris were presented with USG “Game Balls” signed by the USG Staff and awarded to our longest serving Board Members. Chris King and Chad Atherton are stepping down from the board as their terms on the USG Board came to an end in December of 2021. We are grateful for their service over the last several years. Thank you!

Scholarship Winners:

We were once again able to award $40,000 in Scholarships this year! Our Fall 2021 Scholarship Winners are still being selected, but the top 3 winners for our Spring 2021 program were:

Daniel Chaderjian - University of Southern California

Mark Fairley - Liberty University

Zachary Hopp - Washburn University

Organizational Development:

In addition to celebrating 1 year since our rebrand, 2021 has been a year of immense organizational development for USG. The most notable item has been our implementation of EOS, the Entrepreneurial Operating System. We have been fortunate to have our long-time partners at Four13 Group support us in its adoption. It has supported us in establishing further clarity and focus within our organization. Additionally, we have been able to work with our valuable partners at Helmet Tracker in further enhancing the efficiency of our e-commerce operation. Other major developments in 2021 were the launch of our exclusive members-only USG Connect App, and the USG podcast!

Uncommon Sports Group celebrated 1 year since our rebrand in October, 2021 with a cake!
Uncommon Sports Group celebrated 1 year since our rebrand in October, 2021 with a cake!

Clean Out For A Cause:

Our Clean Out For A Cause program has continued to be the engine that helps drive our mission forward. We have been blessed to see our total pounds of donations grow to over 100,000 pounds annually. Donations of used and excess sports gear continue to come in from hundreds of college and pro sports teams throughout the country. The introduction of returnable poly bags in addition to the normal donation collection boxes has also led to hundreds of first-time donors throughout the year.

USG Academy:

2021 was an important year in the launching of our new primary discipleship program, the USG Academy. This academy consists of an 8-week curriculum that future leaders of the sport industry complete remotely alongside 15-20 other members of their team. The USG Academy challenges participants to grow spiritually and professionally through weekly calls to action, discussions, and coaching sessions with our USG Staff. USG covers the costs for every individual who successfully completes the 8-week program to come together for an in-person weekend event.

USG’s Team 25 Team Members enjoyed a Braves game during our Atlanta Weekend Gathering of professional and spiritual development.
USG’s Team 25 enjoying a Braves game during our Atlanta Weekend.

These “Weekend Gatherings” provide an opportunity for attendees to put what they have learned into action through facility tours, guest speakers, Bible Studies, and outreach projects. We are thrilled to have each of the following individuals officially join USG through their completion of the Academy in 2021:

2021 Academy Members

Team 24

Aaron Crowell - James Madison

Ally Ginkens - Kansas

Ashley Weingartz - Hofstra

Austin Thompson - Pittsburgh

Bekah Wyatt - former USG intern

Bryan Peters - St. John’s

Chris Riewald - Idaho State graduate

Cody Crump - Houston

Garrett Sons - Oklahoma

Jalen Stone - Michigan

Justin Wrenn - Georgia Tech

Kelsey Witkay - Florida Atlantic graduate

Kevin McNamara - St. John’s graduate

Kyle Richardson - Central Florida

Luke Berge - Baylor graduate

Maggie Vlasaty - Minnesota graduate

Miranda Rivera - USA Volleyball

Payten Martin - South Carolina

Shaun Nestor - Immaculata University

Steven Rudd - St. John’s

Thomas Arteaga - ETSU

Zoe Lamb - Pittsburgh Pirates

Team 25 (Weekend Event Location: Miami, FL)

Adaeze Iheoma - Texas State

Addison Patrick - Oklahoma

Annalese Lamke - Loyola

Antonio Borjas - Fresno State

Ashton Pilz - Kansas

Dominique Ridley - West Virginia

Elyssa Melton - NAIA

Ian Silva - GCU graduate

Jenna Ladd - Washington Football Team

Kaitlin Taylor - Purdue

Katie Suits - Baylor

Kyle Yost - Taylor University

Michael McGinnis - Columbia International

Preston Manthei - Taylor University

Scott Daughtry - Tennessee

Sean Callahan - Taylor University

Zachary Moore - ASU graduate

Zachary Hopp - Washburn University

Team 26 (Weekend Event Location: Minneapolis, MN)

Erin Couwenhoven - Indiana Wesleyan

Josiah Filegar - Trevecca Nazarene

Elijah Gill - Minnesota Timberwolves

Nicholas Lachney - St. John’s

Gillian Manske - Bethel graduate

Justin Ratanataya - Longwood

Jacob Stonick - Taylor University

Sam Wilkinson - Taylor University

Samantha Williams - UMKC

Team 27 (Weekend Event Location: Tampa, FL)

Conrad Chow - Nevada-Reno

Chance Collingwood - Taylor University

Ansley Doster - 17 Tournaments

Nickolas Fairley - Liberty graduate

Joshua Fenwick - Taylor University

Hannah Conlisk - Daytona Motor Speedway

Lucas Marroquin - St. Louis City SC

Elijah Minso - Ashland University

Dave Nedbalek - Oral Roberts

Mikayla Padilla - GCU

Kevin Roussey - Pro Skills Basketball

Hunter Snyder - Daktronics

Macy Terry - 17 Tournaments

Therese VanderPutten - Kansas

Chris Barbre - UT-Martin

Mission Trip to Kenya

The summer ministry highlight for 2021 was our mission trip to Kenya. COVID-19 complications forced us to cancel our Uganda mission trip at the last minute, but the Lord provided us with an opportunity to serve in Kenya. The USG staff led a team of current and future leaders of the sport industry to Nairobi, Kenya for a 2-week missions trip. Highlights of the trip included hosting a 2-day clinic for over 40 local sports coaches and daily sports camps for over 300 kids.

USG 2021 Kenya Mission Trip Team Members
USG 2021 Kenya Mission Trip Team Members

What a year it has been!

The Lord’s hand has been evident in every aspect of Uncommon Sports Group’s 2021. We are grateful to our supporters, network, and partners and are eager to see what the future has in store.

Above all, we are thankful for the Lord’s faithfulness, mercy, and grace.

“To you alone, O Lord, to you alone, and not to us, must glory be given because of your constant love and faithfulness.”

- Psalm 115:1

In Christ Alone,

Drew Boe


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