One of the most enduring misconceptions about athletes is that they are the perfect combination of physicality and power. In reality, these form just the tip of the iceberg, with mindfulness and nutrition forming a bulk of what lies under the surface. Dr. Julius ‘Ju’ Hearn is no stranger to this fact, and is using his vast knowledge of athleticism to help novice as well as veteran athletes, via his High IQ Academy – a non-profit organization established to fill the gaps in athlete training.
As a veteran with a plethora of academic laurels and expertise in health and business management, Dr. Hearn has created a haven for athletes who desire to train during the off-season and to help rising athletes to thrive in all aspects. Along with Dr. Hearn’s contributions, the High IQ Academy recently received funding from Associated Bank. The bank included the academy in its funding plans as part of its efforts to promote a close-knit community and to spur the creation of equal opportunities. The nonprofit organization received the sum of $10,000 from the bank earlier in February. The funding will cover young students’ academic tutoring, life skills coaching, mentoring, ACT/SAT preparation, and of course, sports activities.
The High IQ Academy will utilize the funds for the designated activities and help student-athletes from the inner city of Chicago. Thanks to a long-standing relationship with local schools, the organization can keep track of their students’ academic performance. Also, a seamless transition from elementary to high school to college will aid the creation of close-knit bonds amidst students and instructors. The organization also aims to create the same effect on the court. Athletes of all levels in the sport of basketball will benefit from the extensive program by harnessing skills and experience for a lengthy career path.
With an intensive program engineered to redefine the way athletes train, the High IQ Academy aims to create athletes with a high Intelligent Quotient for the game. Dr. Hearn, no doubt, has created an avenue for companies, such as Associated Bank, to help build an all-around skilled generation of athletes.