Equipping Young Men for Life's ‘Starting Lineup'

the 13th Man

For a young man, being a part of a team is bigger than the sport. The team provides a support system that includes teammates, coaches and fans, all of whom encourage and cheer for the player’s success. More importantly, it is a constructive use of afterschool time. For example, a basketball team is comprised of twelve players: five starters and seven other players – some who will warm the bench all season. But at least they are on the bench instead of sitting on the sidelines!

Then, there’s the 13th man who has decent skills, has practiced all year, goes through final cuts – and does not make the team. Or the potential 13th man who does not even try out for the team content to sit on the sidelines, believing that he wouldn’t have been selected, even if he had tried.



What does 'he' do from 3:30 to 5:30? Where does 'he' go?

Who provides the support needed to develop the 13th man?


mentoring young men

Who We Are

The 13th Man is a mentoring organization that catapults potential sideliners into superstars! The founder of the 13th Man, E. Davon Kelly, attributes his success in business and in life to the many lessons that he learned while playing and coaching basketball.

Mentors from both sports and the business community will create an environment where character and leadership development are as important to the 13th Man as honing their basketball or other intramural skills.