Group of 3 photos. First one two students in campus readling notes. Secnd one a student backpad on the floor. Third one Shane and Heidi speaking to students.


As a leader on and off the court, Shane Battier firmly believes that the best way for young people to positively impact their future is through higher education.

The Battier Take Charge Foundation, established by Shane and his wife Heidi, is dedicated to providing resources for the development and education of underserved youth and teens.

With focus in Miami, Detroit, Houston and now Camden, NJ, the Battiers’ charge is to encourage and inspire a new generation of potential leaders through educational opportunities and the cultivation of effective leadership skills.

We carry out this mission through the following dynamic programs:

Battier Scholars Program Link
Battier Guide Program Link

Our Team

Shane Battier
Shane Battier

As the Founder of Take Charge, Shane is actively involved in our daily operations, and is proud to take on an active mentoring role with the scholars in our programs.

Duke University, Religious Studies
Heidi Battier
Heidi Battier
Founder & Chief Program Officer

Heidi has dedicated herself to helping young leaders, through her work in education and volunteer positions with youth-focused organizations. Take Charge has become her passion – one she juggles while raising her two children.

Villanova University, Communications
Newell Fleming
Newell Fleming
Executive Director

Newell’s experience, drive, and ability to connect with people are qualities that make her so successful as the Executive Director of Take Charge. She’s been at the helm since day one, and epitomizes the foundation’s motto of “Do Well. Do Good."

University of Mississippi, English & Art History
Beth Sobus
Beth Sobus
Director of Operations

Beth joined the Take Charge Team after developing a connection with our mission as a volunteer, and has helped us grow our programs to what they are today.

Villanova University, Accounting & International Business
Meet our TEAM

Our Academic and Community Partners

We are proud to partner with the following outstanding organizations to provide academic resources and opportunities to our scholars:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of MiamiTake Stock in Children logoKipp LogoHUB LogoCamdens Charter School Network Logo
Student headshot

We are committed to supporting our Scholars through their college years and beyond.

This commitment drives results - 95% of our Battier Scholars have received their Bachelor’s Degree, and many have gone on to pursue graduate studies.