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!




Everett E. Kelly Scholarship Fund

Opens |  December 8

Closes | March 31, 2019


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Feb. 23  | 8 am-3:30 pm

Walter E. Washington
Convention Center



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April 26 to 28


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May 1


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July 25 to 28


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"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.




  • Must be a high school senior in good standing
  • Must be a registered 13th Man member as of December 31, 2018
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 (equivalent to a letter grade of C)




MARCH 31, 2019

Everett E. Kelly Scholarship Fund