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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.

We achieve this through our two primary academic programs:

Our Team

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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 each scholar who benefits from our programs.

Duke University, Religious Studies

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Heidi has dedicated herself to helping young leaders - targeting 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

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

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

Villanova University, Accounting & International Business

Our Academic and Community Partners

We are proud to partner with the following outstanding organizations:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami Logo Take Stock in Children Scholarship Logo The Knowledge is Power Program (commonly known as KIPP) Logo Horizons-Upward Bound program Logo OnCourse International Logo
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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