Adaptability, Communication, Leadership Development ACL™

ACL Development is our flagship program designed to boost student athletes’ capability to embrace change while developing leadership, resilience, critical thinking, and self-management skills. Under our guidance, you spend a significant amount of time learning to speak with confidence. Leadership training is also a major cornerstone of the ACL program. We deliver exceptional programming to help you enhance your coach-ability, creativity, and empathy. By mastering the tenets of ACL, you gain the vital skills needed to thrive in the classroom and playing arena. Our goal is to empower you for success in diverse settings today and into the future.

Few student-athletes will be encouraged or even consider pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

Competitive Edge EQ Programs: Closing Gaps. Shaping Futures.

As a non-profit organization serving student-athletes and families throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area, we are largely focused on addressing education gaps within Prince George’s County. This includes lower overall math and reading proficiency scores as compared with statewide averages.  Our programs are specifically developed to boost emotional intelligence, provide additional resources, and encourage the EQ skills needed to improve overall student performance. 


Once students activate the power of “I AM,” you quickly embrace your own identity, self-worth, and confidence.  This powerful mindset fuels every aspect of your life.  Combined with a better understanding of your own emotions and the ability to empathize with others, this enhanced self-esteem inspires positive life choices and fortifies strong relationships.

I AM open-minded.
I AM an effective communicator.
I AM a leader.
I AM innovative.
I AM worthy of receiving the best.
I AM going to give my best.

Self-affirmation has been shown to have powerful effects — research suggests that it can minimize the anxiety, stress, and defensiveness (Association for Psychological Science, 2012)

EQ PRESS (Academic Support & Career Exploration)

There is no reason to struggle alone! Prepare, Reimagine, Experience, Support and Success in the most impactful way possible. EQ PRESS provides academic support and career exploration. Our integrated approach provides student-athlete with support that helps you flourish in your studies while allowing you to consider potential career paths.

Competitive Edge EQ is committed to matching students with an academic advisor who develops personal learning plans (PLP) to help manage key habits for success in today’s hyper-competitive academic and athletic space.

Many will ask: “Which major offers the path of least resistance but greatest economic success?” believing that economic success through sports is more realistic than any other avenue (USA Today, 2019). 

EQ Coaching Program

EQ Coaching is an exclusive program designed to provide student-athletes with one-to-one mentoring.  Through intense coaching, you learn about yourself and how you relate to others in society.  Coaches help you to discover innovative approaches to personal challenges while discovering new opportunities to enhance your personal growth. EQ Coaching is designed to:

  • Promote self-awareness and self-management to understand how emotions affect overall performance and interactions with others.
  • Use self-management and emotions to stimulate positive interactions and self-motivation!
  • Utilize innate and learned skills that have resulted in success in sport to find success in all areas of life.
  • Develop both the emotional and social skills necessary for happiness and success in higher education, careers, and life.


Studies continue to show that students from lower-income backgrounds are at particular risk when it comes to losing/forgetting key skills during long breaks from school. Research confirms a 70 percent achievement gap between affluent students and their less advantaged peers during the summer. Competitive Edge EQ’s Summer Programs offer opportunities for student-athletes to engage in high-quality, multi-week summer learning programs where they will benefit from academic gains in reading and math while building EQ skills.

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