Collegiate Student-Athlete Mentor Program
Providing that persistent, positive presence
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THE BACKGROUND

In 2016, The Five Star Heart Collegiate Student-Athlete Mentor Program was established to build relationships among middle school youth and those who have chosen the path of GRIT over the path of QUIT, our collegiate student-athletes.  We had another tremendous year of programming in partnership with Moravian College as Moravian Football players inspired our youth to uphold the 5-Star Heart standards in the classroom, on the football field and as persons of character on a year-round basis.  From our monthly mentor sessions to our social media challenge in which participants posted their academic achievements with pride to our first annual ultimate football Superbowl,  we took our programming to new heights.

In May of 2018, thirty-three student-athletes were eligible to attend Clemson's camp as they upheld our standards from both an academic and character standpoint.  They experienced Clemson football and Its culture based upon character and respect.  The three-day event was phenomenal on all accounts as Clemson's Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney along with his staff and players inspired all participants to strive for success on the field, in the classroom and beyond the game.  Each morning camp session ended with over fifteen Clemson football players sharing their stories of perseverance and persistence.  From the superior coaching and instruction to playing ultimate football in Clemson's stadium to the buffet style eating arrangements throughout the camp to Dabo Swinney's motivational talks, this was the ultimate 5-STAR football experience for our kids.  We are headed back to Clemson for a third time in 2019.

Once again, local collegiate student-athletes shall apply for this unique, rewarding opportunity to serve as role-models and mentors for our youth on a year-round basis.  They shall be called upon to inspire their respective middle school mentees at Five Star Heart Project mentoring sessions and during visitations at middle schools.  We are focused on fostering a positive, inclusive environment that embraces a "You Can Do It" message.  We are here to make an IMPACT now.  

Mentor Program Overview & Objectives, Expectations, And Incentives 

Program Overview & Objectives

Fifteen Moravian College football players have been selected to influence, inspire and energize upwards of forty-eight middle school student-athletes to approach academics, football and life with a "five star heart" never-quit mindset and work ethic.  Our objective is to mold the next generation of leaders who aspire to play, work, and live with a purpose in middle school, high school and beyond.  Student-athletes shall define their short-term and long-term goals as we will infuse a sense of fortitude and humbled confidence which will enable them to overcome adversity and ACHIEVE.  They will be challenged to choose the path of GRIT over the path of QUIT.  The year-round mentor program includes the following activities:

  • Monthly Leadership/mentoring sessions - Our monthly mentor sessions held at Moravian College are designed to bring all walks-of-life together and drive home the lessons of football that transcend beyond the game.  All participating student-athletes shall receive a copy of Jon Goron's inspirational book Training Camp and its corresponding workbook that serves as the foundation of our programming.  Those who have participated in previous year's programming have the opportunity to read and reflect on another book to be chosen.  Student-athletes have the opportunity to form lasting relationships with their respective mentors in small group break-out sessions and team building exercises.  We host motivational speakers and careers nights in partnership with St. Luke's University Health Network and other corporations as we provide a line-of-sight to success for our student-athletes.   Lastly, Five Star Heart's staff and mentors also lead group runs, speed/agility sessions and football skills sessions designed to build confidence and camaraderie among the student-athletes.  Five Star Heart shall provide dinner at all sessions. 

  • Community Service Days-Of-Caring - It' is essential for us to show our student-athletes the importance of "giving back."  Student-athletes are required to participate in days-of-caring activities led by Five Star Heart in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem.

  • Five Star Heart coordinates on-site visits from it's staff and mentors at participating student-athletes schools.  Our focus is centered around maintaining a weekly persistent, positive presence in the lives of our middle school student-athletes. 

Expectations

Five Star Heart has high expectations for all athletes involved.  The Moravian College mentors, who all possess background clearances as required by the Pennsylvania Department Of Human Services, must maintain academic and character standards as set forth by our board of directors.   Our participating middle school student-athletes shall also maintain the Five Star Heart standards of excellence to include the following. 

  • Must strive to maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher (only those 8th grade student-athletes who possess a 2.5 GPA or higher in May of 2019 will be eligible to attend the Dabo Swinney Clemson University Football Camp).

  • Must not be suspended from school or acquire three (3) or more detentions.

  • Must uphold the Five Star Heart qualities of character and behavioral on and off the athletic fields/courts of competition.

  • Must not quit or be dismissed from a Bethlehem Area School District school sports team.

  • Must participate in Five Star Heart sponsored community service activities.  

  • Must complete all Training Book readings and corresponding Playbook assignments.

  • Must attend scheduled monthly mentoring sessions held on Sunday evenings throughout the duration of the mentor program. 

  • Note:  Any inappropriate behavior of a parent towards Five Star Heart’s Staff may result in their child’s termination.

  • If it is agreed upon by The Five Star Heart Project’s Executive Director and Board of Directors that a participant must be terminated, the parent/legal guardian of the student-athlete will be notified of the termination by The Five Star Heart Project’s Executive Director Bobby McClarin.

Incentives

We incentivize our athletes to strive for success as participating STUDENT-athletes who buy-in to our message shall be afforded the following:

  • Five Star Heart Initiation T-Shirt

  • Earned Under Armour Athletic Apparel

  • Free admission all Five Star Heart football clinics and programming open to the public

  • all-access, all-inclusive bus trips to corporations, universities and collegiate football games

  • Earned trip to the Dabo Swinney Clemson University Football Camp held in June of 2019

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THE FIVE STAR HEART PROJECT

A FEW ARE GIFTED WITH "5-STAR RECRUIT" ATHLETICISM.  WE ARE HERE TO INFLUENCE AND ENERGIZE "5-STAR HEART" STUDENT-ATHLETES WHO ARE WILLING TO LISTEN, LEARN, AND WORK WITH AN UNRELENTING DESIRE TO SUCCEED IN THE CLASSROOM, ON THE ATHLETIC FIELDS, AND IN LIFE AS PRODUCTIVE, SELFLESS PERSONS OF CHARACTER.

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