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Our Mission

As a leader on and off the court, Shane Battier firmly believes that the future of our youth rests in 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 initial focus in Miami, Houston and Detroit, the Battiers’ charge is to encourage and inspire a new generation of potential leaders through educational opportunities and the cultivation of effective leadership skills.

They achieve this through their two primary academic programs:

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Our Team

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As Chairman of Take Charge, Shane is deeply and actively involved in the daily operations of the foundation.

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Heidi has dedicated herself to helping children - focusing her work in education and volunteer positions with youth-focused organizations.

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Newell’s personality, experience and drive made her a perfect fit to run the daily operations.

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Academics Partners

We are proud to partner with the following outstanding organizations:

Academics Partners Logos: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, Take Sotck in Children, Kipp, HUB

Community Partners

Community Partners Logos: Miami Heat, Miami Heat Charity Fund, Carnival Foundation, Kid Sanctuary Campus, BBVA Compass, Lawns By Yorkshire, The Frankino Foundation
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We have been turning college dreams into reality for deserving young students since 2008.

Our commitment to seeing our Scholars through their college careers and beyond, has resulted in over 95% of recipients receiving their college degree.

Meet Our Scholars