why the 13th man?

who we are...

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 after-school 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?


 The 13th Man is a mentoring organization that catapults potential side-liners 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

join the 13th man!


Loudoun County Meet & Greet

Wednesday, March 21

Westfield's Marriott  Washington Dulles

14750 Conference Center Dr

Chantilly, VA 20151

Registration Deadline: March 16th


Meet the Founder:
New 13th Man Applicants

Saturday, March 17th

Saturday, April 21th

9:00 AM – 13th Man DCA Corporate Office


2nd Annual Choice Not Chance Youth Conference

Davon Kelly and Fred Lott Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitators

Saturday, March 24th

St. Augustine University

1315 Oakwood Ave.

Raleigh, NC 27610


Charlotte Spring Classics

Friday-Sunday, April 27-29, 2018

Renaissance Charlotte South Park- 5501 Carnegie Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 13th


DC Summer Classics

Wednesday-Saturday, July 118-21, 2018

Greenbelt Marriott- 6400 Ivy Ln,

Greenbelt, MD 20770

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 8th

news and events...

"For a young man, being a part of a team is bigger than the sport."

Click on a chapter below to apply...



why me? why now? why not!


 “I learned so much at the camp including how to manage my finances and how to be a man. I loved the hotel, food, game truck, and everything!”

The 13th Man Charlotte Chapter


It taught me so many ways to enter manhood and stay on the path towards success.
 I learned how to provide a firm handshake, how to tie a tie, how to budget, and how to save money.  This is a great program for others to experience.



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The 13th Man.



2018 Summer Classics
Empowerment Program

July 18-21
Friday, June 8th or until full