Too frequently, well-meaning adults counsel young sports enthusiasts to “get realistic” and come to terms with the idea that they will not likely be able to pursue a professional sports career. TEAM Inc. seeks to challenge that narrative, encouraging young people–particularly underrepresented youth–to build on the strengths they already possess to access exciting sports technology opportunities available to them today.
TEAM was founded in 2016 with the goal of creating tomorrow's diverse technology workforce by engaging young learners with STEM subjects through sports and creating social change by providing access, opportunity and mentorship in the tech industry. Team represents much more than technical training or connections to tech; we are community; a family; an empowerment platform to build skills, confidence, leadership, network and create.
MEET OUR STAFF
Anwar grew up with a single mother in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C. in the 1980s during the height of the urban crack epidemic. His talent and drive as a basketball player offered him a way out in the form of a full scholarship to UC-Berkeley, where he starred alongside future NBA legends like Jason Kidd, Lamond Murray, and Shareef Abdur Rahim. Anwar realized that basketball wasn't his only path to power, and after a coaching career and earning his Master’s in Sport Management, he became an executive at HUDL. He turned the sports software company into the biggest player in the U.S. market.
In founding TEAM, Anwar is building on two decades of experience in the Bay Area as a technology executive, and his own first-hand experience with urban poverty to change the way underrepresented youth view the technology field as a potential home for their talent, ambition, and pursuit of social change.
Alexis is a third generation Oakland native and co-founder of TEAM Inc. She is a former collegiate athlete having played basketball at DePaul University and the University of San Francisco. Alexis has always felt a deep sense of commitment to community building through sport. After finishing her collegiate career, she worked in youth development and education before returning to school to pursue a Master’s in Sport Management. Recognizing people’s passion for sport in graduate school, Alexis wanted to be able to help youth channel that same passion for sport to build their future in the present, by engaging young learners in innovative and meaningful education to develop their own skill sets and be empowered to create their own playing field. TEAM was born from this linkage between technology and sports. This convergence breeds opportunities for careers and Alexis is committed to promoting equity, access and pathways to power for underrepresented students in that space.