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!



2019 Summer Classic Registration is now OPEN

May 1- June 28


Board Invitational Meeting

June 5


Summer Classics Parent Informational Session

July 11 | 6-7:30 pm


Meet the Founder

July 13


2019 Summer Classics

July 25 -28
DROP OFF: 2 pm
PICK UP: 2 pm


DMV Back to School BBQ

August 25 |  3-7 pm


5th Annual
Charity Golf Tournament

September 16


Project Give Back:
Community Service

June 5


DMV Holiday Party

December 2019





[news and events]

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

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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.