This Is Where Their Journey Begins

CornerFocus is a charitable organization supporting the development and operation of youth sports programs.

Many of our community gyms lack the financial resources for safety equipment, supplies, and reliable facilities. Youth in the community rely on these gyms as a safe place to build new skills, self-esteem, and discipline. When our neighborhood gyms are forced to close their doors, these youth lose the opportunity to change their futures using the skills that are instilled through sports.

Our Vision

To make it safer for youth and young adults in low-resourced communities to participate in sports offered by underfunded after-school programs, federal and city athletic programs and community athletic centers. We strongly believe in the power of belonging and the power of inclusive and equitable spaces. We strive to reinvent and reinforce the value of belonging. Our pillars are based on the “Triple P” motto: Protect, Prepare, Perform!

Our Mission

To be a national leader in providing underfunded sports programs with protective equipment, grants, and workshops. Educating youth athletes, parents, and trainers on physical safety, conflict management, and financial literacy is a tool to build skills, confidence, and help break the cycles of poverty and street violence.

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Many of our community gyms lack the financial resources for safety equipment, supplies, and reliable facilities.

Youth in the community rely on these boxing gyms as a safe place to build new skills, self-esteem, and discipline. When our neighborhood gyms are forced to close their doors, these youth lose the opportunity to change their futures using the skills that are instilled through boxing.

Girl in a Boxing Stance
Body Mind Spirit

PREPARE – Youth who prepare their minds and participate in physical activity on a regular basis are twice as likely to avoid mental health challenges, particularly related to anxiety and depression.

PROTECT – Youth from low-income households are less likely to protect their health, and are more physically inactive than youth from wealthier households. This can result in an increase of health conditions such as obesity or diabetes.

PERFORM – Youth who perform in organized sports have increased cognitive skills, increased academic performance, and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.

Our Founders

Curtis Hunt

Curtis Hunt
Founder

Curtis is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. As a motivational speaker for struggling students, and a mentor to children in single-parent homes, he strives to improve the lives of those in need.

James Edel

James Edel
Assistant Director

Jamey is the proud dad of three, and an active volunteer in youth organizations. He strongly believes in empowering children with the skills and empathy to become leaders of positive change in their community.

Al Bernstein

Al Bernstein
Ambassador

Al is best known as the voice of boxing for ESPN and Showtime. He is passionate about fostering the values of safety and responsibility to next generation’s athletes.

Danique Liddell

Danique Liddell
Program Director

Danique is a mother and businesswomen. She has worked with the youth for over a decade. Danique serves as a mentor who inspires adolescents and young adults to seek fulfillment through their career goals.

Gayle Windom

Gayle Windom
Consultant

Gayle is a wife, mother, grandmother, and CEO of a leading consulting firm providing leadership coaching to nonprofit executives. She is passionate about programs targeting youth in urban under-served communities.