Business — 03 November 2011
The Elite Athlete Hosts Refurbishment Project with Help of Home Depot Foundation

Project to Benefit Middle Tennessee High School Students

Nashville, TN— The Elite Athlete, housed in the Christian Life Center of McKendree United Methodist Church located at 520 Commerce Street in downtown Nashville, has received a $10,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation to renovate over 13,000 square feet of facility space, consisting of a weight room, cardio room, track, basketball court, classroom and seminar space. More than 50 volunteers joined forces with The Elite Athlete (TEA), McKendree United Methodist Church, The Home Depot team and other community supporters on October 27th and 28th and began the renovation project. The ribbon cutting was held on October 28th in the gymnasium.

“The Elite Athlete is extremely excited about the partnership with McKendree United Methodist Church and the McKendree Christian Life Center. Our missions intertwine based on our focus with trying to develop the next generation of Godly leaders. Our strength will lie in the resources we are able to provide the youth of Nashville Community through structure, programming and consistency,” said Brandon Taylor, president of the TEA.

Taylor, a Tennessee Titans College Scout. He enters his fifth season with the Titans, including his first as a college scout in 2011.

In his previous role, he assisted in evaluating players from the various professional football leagues and the administrative duties related to tracking and signing free agents. Additionally, he served as one of the team’s advance scouts for upcoming opponents. Taylor spent three seasons (2004-06) with the Carolina Panthers as a Pro Scouting Assistant. Prior to joining the NFL, he spent two seasons working for the AFL’s Columbus Destroyers in a variety of capacities.

A graduate from North Carolina A&T, Taylor completed his master’s degree in Sports Administration from The Ohio State University last year, and is pursuing an MBA in Finance/International Business from the University of Houston-Victoria this fall.

He is looking to build the next generation of leaders and desires to give today’s youth tools that they can put into practice immediately. With this partnership, and Home Depot generosity, he is realizing that vision through The Elite Athlete.

“Home Depot has played an integral piece to our programming puzzle. Their willingness to come in and refurbish a space for the purposes of creating a more aesthetically pleasing, as well as functional space, is a testament to their company and leadership. We openly thank Home Depot for what they are doing as well as the future of our partnership,” said Taylor.

Donating sponsors, volunteers and participants include The Home Depot local stores, Honey Baked Ham Cool Springs, Krispy Kreme Elliston Place, Rose Pepper Mexican Cantina on Eastland Avenue, Nashville based Lotus Energy Drink, and Radisson Hotel Opryland’s Opry Back Stage Grill.

The Elite Athlete was started with the goal of holistic development by creating programming devoted to tackling the personal, professional, academic, athletic and spiritual framework of the young athlete. Their overall mission is to create networks within the Nashville community and surrounding area that will give our youth bridges of access to the resources needed as they prepare for success in college and life. Programming, which will occur four days a week, will seek to host students for study hall, tutoring and mentoring sessions, sports related programs as well as promote community involvement though the engagement of service projects with and for various entities in the community.

For more information on The Elite Athlete, please contact Brandon Taylor at or visit .


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