What We Do
We at The Home Team intend to create an inclusive and affirming environment that assists in the development of the youth as both students and athletes in the greater Miami area. Through our coaching and mentoring program, we believe that this development will not only further the students’ academic and athletic success, but also strengthen their social skills on a personal and community level.
Our programs strive to create successful student-athletes by emphasizing the importance of academics to achieve athletic goals and vice versa. Through the academic services provided and students’ participation in athletics, we aim to instill the significance of fitness, teamwork, accountability, and discipline throughout all aspects of the students’ life.
Our differentiating factor is our reward based incentive system. We are committed to assisting all participants who meet the requirements of our academic programs in their diverse interests. This will include, but not be limited to, coverage of all registrations fees, additional costs associated with youth sports leagues, admission to the sports clinics with current and former NCAA and NFL players, sports memorabilia, tickets to sporting events and eventually a scholarship fund. In order to meet our goals, our evaluation process includes monitoring the academic progress, personal growth, and involvement in extracurricular activities of our participants. By comparing these factors from the beginning of the program to the end for each student, we are able to determine which areas need to be improved upon in order to fulfill our purpose.
Who We Are
Alex POu, Founder & President
After graduating from Coral Gables Senior High School in Florida, Alex Pou accepted a full athletic scholarship to the University of Miami where he played for four years on the Miami Hurricanes football team and completed his B.B.A. in Management.
Pou went on to work as a litigation manager at The Campbell Law Group where he specialized in business and corporate law. He then served as a project manager for Odebrecht Construction and Development where he oversaw the $1.2 billion dollar expansion of the North Terminal at the Miami International Airport.
Pou is currently an assistant football coach at his high school alma mater as well as the assistant commissioner at the Pop Warner Youth League in Coconut Grove, FL.
Growing up in Miami, Pou has been a strong supporter of academic and athletic pursuits for young people in the South Florida area for over 10 years, having volunteered much of his time to the cause.
chris napoli, director
Chris Napoli graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL then went on to play for three years on the University of Miami Hurricanes football team. While at the university, he completed his undergraduate degree in business as well as obtaining an MBA.
Napoli currently serves as the Head of Global Trading for Eastbay Asset Management, LLC, a hedge fund in New York that manages over $1 billion in assets invested in the technology, media, consumer and disruptive tech sectors globally. Before this role, he worked as a Global Trader for Diamondback Capital Management, a hedge that managed more than $8 billion in assets through all sectors globally.
Since 2008 Chris has served as member of the University of Miami Citizens Board. Established in 1946, the University of Miami Citizens Board is a select group of more than 250 business, professional, and civic leaders who actively support the University's philanthropic efforts and promote UM programs. Since its inception, the Citizens Board has raised an estimated $454 million for the University and advanced 94 CB members to the University’s Board of Trustees.
As a South Florida native, Napoli is a strong supporter of the development of adolescent student-athletes in the area.
AUSTIN BURLINGTOn, DIRECTOR OF RECRUITING
After graduating from Gulliver Preparatory High School in 2010, Austin attended Dickinson College in Pennsylvania where he played football and studied International business. After college, Austin co-founded the start-up company "Gimme Golf Inc" where he worked for two years before transitioning into sports performance training and consulting. In addition to serving as a volunteer Assistant Football Coach at Coral Gables Senior High Schoo, Austin has been brought on to ensure that all our high school participants graduate on time and have the opportunity to receive an education beyond graduation. In addition, Austin will serve as our liaison between our elementary and middle school programs and Breakthrough Miami.
gabriel pou, director
As a graduate of Coral Gables Senior High, Gabriel Pou attended the University of Charleston on a full athletic scholarship where he played for four years on the Golden Eagles football team and completed his B.S. in Biology on the Pre-Med Track. While at the university, Pou was heavily involved with the Dynamic Physical Therapy and Genesis Rehabilitation Facility as well as the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association.
He is currently attending the West Virginia University School of Medicine in pursuit of a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Ashley Horne, director of event planning/special events
Ashley Horne has long been a supporter of youth athletics and philanthropic development. She is a graduate of James Madison University where her BA work in Marketing, B2B Marketing, and time studying these disciplines across Europe at the University of Antwerp prepared her for a career in marketing and event services.
Ms. Horne comes to The Home Team as Director of Event Planning/Special events. Ashley current serves on the Strategic Client Engagement and Marketing team for Mizuho Securities USA LLC. Her charge includes marketing the Mizuho brand, and lead on all corporate sponsorships, as well as creation, planning, and execution of Mizuho’s corporate events in the United States and Canada.
Prior to joining Mizuho, Ms. Ashley Horne worked as a marketing and business development analyst for a Deloitte spinoff. Ashley lettered in track, cross country, & softball in high school. Ashley’s volunteerism began during her time at James Madison University where she worked with the Tri Sigma foundation projects for the Robbie Page Memorial Fund (for children’s health and medical research) and The Leslie George Project, as well as, Paul’s Walk for ALS.
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