Nebraska

PLAYSMART

NEBRASKA

ABOUT US

PlaySmart is grateful to have a strong presence in OKC due to the support of a local advisory board and the leadership of national board member, Frank Ille.  From sponsoring local youth to participate in sports, to helping school programs get off the ground to hosting an Academy, PlaySmart is making an impact in OKC!

Contact Us if you would like more information or join PlaySmart in Oklahoma City.

PLAYSMART LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

The PlaySmart Leadership Academy is a one-of-a-kind summer experience for youth featuring sports, physical fitness, life and leadership skills development and academic enrichment!  Join other young people for one-week of fun and memories that will last a lifetime.

The PlaySmart Leadership Academy is geared towards 7th graders going into 8th grade who have a desire to improve themselves – not just on the court or field but more importantly in life.  The Academy is a fun, but intense program requiring full participation in in-door AND out-door sports, activities, classroom sessions and other workshops.

The Academy curriculum is saturated with PlaySmart’s five pillars, which are used to convey lessons and skills needed for academic and life success.

NEBRASKA PROGRAMS

NEXT LEVEL DAY CAMPS

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We offer 10 scholarships based on student applications.

MY REMARKABLE SELF

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Workshops help our children become successful socially, emotionally, and academically.

SWIM CLINIC

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Winter 6 week clinics teach children the essential fundamentals of swimming as well as stroke development.

CARVER CENTER PARTNERSHIP

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Our partnership with the Carver Center in Port Chester offers a basketball instructional pilot program.  We also offer seminars such as nutrition, squash, and yoga.

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MEET THE PLAYSMART LEADERS

  • DEREK LEATHERS

    National Director, PlaySmart Academy
    Derek Leathers, a Texas native, was raised in the Houston area. He earned a degree in economics from Princeton University, where he played center for the Princeton Tigers football team.

    Following graduation, Derek embarked on a career in the trucking and logistics industry. He served as one of the first foreign members of CANACAR, Mexico’s trucking association, and helped draft the North American Free Trade Agreement.

    Since joining Werner Enterprises in 1999, Derek has played an instrumental role in launching Werner’s cross border operations in Mexico and Canada. He served as president of Werner Global Logistics before accepting the role of President and CEO of Werner Enterprises.

    Derek and his wife, Nicole, reside in Omaha, Nebraska, with their daughter, Olivia, and son, Creed. Derek enjoys sharing his passion for athletics by coaching softball and football.  He is also very active in the local community with a particular focus on early childhood education and at risk youth. He currently serves on the board or in an advisory capacity to the following organizations:

    • PlaySmart – Founder and current Board Member
    • Accelerate Nebraska – Advisory Board Member
    • AAA Baseball All-Star Board – Board Member
    • Omaha Men Go Red – Founding Chair
    • Nebraska’s Early Childhood Business Roundtable – Board Member
    • Gretna Youth Sports Foundation – Board Member
    • Omaha Chamber of Commerce – Board Member
    • ALS Association Mid-America Chapter – Corporate Chair 2017 Walk to Defeat ALS

    Derek can be reached at dleathers@werner.com.

  • CHAD SOUPIR

    Assistant Director, PlaySmart Academy
    Chad was born and raised in the state of North Dakota in a ranching community. A four sport athlete in high school, he was a standout receiving honors academically, as well as athletically. Chad went on to receive a BA in Education from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota. While at Moorhead State, Chad participated in sports such as football, broomball, and basketball. After graduating from Moorhead, Chad entered St. Mary’s University’s and received a Master’s in Education. He continued his quest for higher learning by attending Bemidji State University where he received his secondary degree in math and science. Chad earned his latest Masters Degree from the University of Nebraska where he received his degree in Educational Leadership/Administration.
    Professionally,Chad has taught elementary grades and secondary grades in the area of math and science. He has worked at poverty stricken and affluent school districts. In both situations he has immersed himself into programs that have engaged students in learning, deflated bullying, and most importantly getting kids connected/belonging to their communities. As a community member he is involved with the local YMCA, he coaches several youth sports, serves on multitude of boards and is active in his church. Chad is now the principal of a middle school in a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska. Chad was asked to lead the construction of this middle school. It was a two year project that he took from bricks and mortar to learning. After its third year of existence the middle school was named the number #1 highest academic performing school in the State of Nebraska.

    He is an avid runner and loves to fish. Chad is married to his wife Shelly and together they have three wonderful girls. Chad and his family reside in Omaha, Nebraska. Chad lives by his motto in making a difference in the lives of children, as well as the greater community. He can often be heard saying …”Did you make a difference today?” Chad can be reached at Chad@playsmart.org.

  • BOARD MEMBERS

    Nebraska Board Members include Wade Behlen, Todd Clevenger, Nicole Leathers, Brent O’Mara, Cheree Watts, Dawn Zumbrennen.

  • MEMBERS AT LARGE

    Nebraska Members at Large include Blane Hunter, Marry Hunziker and John Manna.

CONTACT US & QUICK DOWNLOADS

Download forms, flyers and application in pdf format.  If you have a question or need to contact us please complete the form below and we will respond as soon as possible.

DOWNLOADS
  • Leadership Academy Flyer

    Download the 2017 PlaySmart Leadership Academy  flyer.

  • Leadership Academy Registration

    Download the 2017 PlaySmart Leadership Academy Registration form.

  • Leadership Academy Counselor Application

    Download the 2017 PlaySmart Leadership Academy Counselor application.

  • Child Interaction Policy

    Download the PlaySmart Leadership Academy Child Interaction Policy.

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