Here at Power Forward, we see the value in everyone. We envision a future where economic barriers do not stand in the way of St. Louis youth advancing their athletic abilities through private schooling and/or athletic clubs to achieve their full potential. We want to be a catalyst for a positive impact to local youth. Launching in 2020 is the perfect time to focus on removing barriers for youth and creating access to education and athletics, Power Forward was founded to focus on assisting through these main pillars: tuition assistance, academic support and athletic fees. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see in our community.

 

Jahadi White

Founder

Jahidi White is an alumni of Cardinal Ritter College Prep high school in St. Louis,  Missouri. Subsequently, he attended Georgetown University where he played basketball with fellow teammates such as Allen Iverson and three other future NBA players. 

 

He was drafted as a                                         in 1998 by the Washington Wizards. In 2003, White was traded to the Phoenix Suns, and the following season he played for the Charlotte Bobcats. He signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2006-2007 season. However, a recurring knee injury forced him to retire after the 2006-2007 season. 

 

During his career as a basketball player and beyond, White has been a continual advocate of community involvement. In 2001-2002, White won the Washington Wizards community relations MVP. In 2001, due to his extensive relationship with civic organizations, he was the Official NBA All-Star weekend ambassador. White was also an ambassador for the NBA read to achieve program, Habitat For Humanity, The Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund, Co-founder of The St Louis Sports day Foundation, and The Jahidi White Charitable Foundation For Kids. 

 

Today, White coaches for The Nike EYBL Bradley Beal Elite Organization and is a varsity high school basketball coach at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS). Additionally, White is Co-owner of Access 2 Care Family Health Clinics, Co-owner of Pavillion healthcare/Durable Medical Equipment, and Partner in Klondike Partners business consultants. 

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Liz Pearson

Founder

LIz is a proud mother of four, creator of Cobespoke lifestyle brand and a Director at MasterCard.  

She grew up in Iowa, playing many sports but found her passion was playing volleyball. Post high school she went on to play in college. 

Today, Liz spends most of her free time watching her kids play sports. The love for being able to watch them grow into talented young athletes is exiting to watch. She hopes their passion on the court leads them into their next journey of life. The lessons learned from playing sports go way beyond the game. 

With Power Forward, Liz hopes to extend opportunities to the local youth and assisting them on their journey through life.