Catalyst: Sport

September 21-23, 2018
Baltimore, MD


Catalyst: Sport will examine the variety of ways in which we interact with sport and sport culture on a daily basis. This participant-driven experience will examine the role of sport in our lives and the impact of sport on our mental health, physical health, and social growth. Leveraging Baltimore’s burgeoning sports-centric economic growth, participants will have an opportunity to engage in team-sports, personalized physical exercise, community building, and sport-based youth development. Additionally, we will have the opportunity to interact with and consult with non-profits and community organizations that are using sport as a vehicle to build a better Baltimore, and we will reflect individually and with a partner on how to bring the best parts of this Catalyst home with us.



Catalyst: Sport is seeking participants who are interested in exploring and learning about the ways in which sport can be leveraged for both personal growth and community growth. Participants should bring an open mind and be willing to engage with our core values:
1. Authenticity
2. New Experiences
3. Collaboration
4. Community


Pete DeCandia (REALITY ‘15) joined Teach For America Baltimore in 2013 after college where he taught at Woodlawn HS for three years. He then moved to St. Paul’s school, an all boys prep school for one year for his fourth year in the classroom. In January 2017 Pete started a company that helps new Baltimore teachers find great housing called Teacher Props. Pete left the classroom after last school year and began working as Program Director of student athlete development between Baltimore City Schools and Under Armour through the Fund for Educational Excellence. Pete is passionate about sports, entrepreneurship, and Baltimore!

Daniel Sass (TFA-Baltimore ’09, REALITY ’11) is the assistant principal at The International High School at Langley Park, a public high school in Prince George’s County, Maryland, that caters to English Language Learners and newcomer (i.e. immigrant, refugee, asylee) youth. He enjoys coaching soccer, reading nonfiction, and traveling to remote corners of the world. Daniel lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Nina.


Location & Accommodations

Catalyst: Sport will take place in Baltimore, Maryland.


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Packing List

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Catalyst Community

Before, during, and after their gatherings, Catalyst participants will share about their gathering with the whole community. Check back soon for photos, reflections, wireframes, and other documents from this gathering!