Join us for S4:EP6 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as André Lodrée, Founder and Executive Director at Four Point Play, Inc., sits down with our host, Roy Kessel, to discuss the incredible work he is doing in the Chicago community and the elements implemented within his organization.
André Lodrée was born & raised in Chicago, Illinois & its surrounding suburbs. Growing up his home life was centered on faith in God and family. Early on, it was evident he developed two interests – basketball & education. He focused on his academic studies while learning & perfecting the sport of basketball. He excelled in his education by attending and graduating from North Shore Country Day School, Triton College with an Associate of Arts in Education, and Dominican University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. His basketball playing career includes high school varsity at North Shore, college basketball at Triton College that finished 8th nationally among junior colleges, and semi-professional with the Chicago Steam.
After an extensive basketball career, he desired to give back to his community and the sport and transitioned his gifts & talents to nonprofit work and coaching. In 2013, he co-founded a nonprofit organization Four Point Play, Inc., that focuses on fortifying the individual’s mind, body, and spirit through sports. In 2018, he became the Junior Varsity Boys’ Head Coach for Walther Christian Academy. In 2019, he joined the Chicago Bulls staff as a Youth Hoops Coach and Brand Ambassador. He is married with four children and believes that leading by example is the key to success at home, on the basketball court, and in life.
Four Point Play is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2013 that focuses on strengthening the individual’s mind, body, spirit through sports. Founder, André Lodrée, armed with an idea, experience, and passion to build an organization, decided to take action and created a resource for youth and adults to access affordable and quality services geared towards living healthy, positive, and productive lifestyles. Since the beginning, Four Point Play has utilized a wealth of knowledge and experiences to bring change and positive extracurricular activities to the community.
HIGHLIGHTS OF ANDRÉ’S PODCAST
- 00:00 Introduction
- 00:50 What Attracted André to Sports
- 02:20 André’s Athletic Career
- 04:10 Transition & Next Steps After Semi-Pro
- 06:00 Creation of Four Point Play
- 09:50 Challenges of Starting Non Profit
- 13:00 Organizational Growth
- 16:00 Make an Impact & Measure Impact
- 17:25 Feedback Within Community
- 20:10 Goals for Upcoming Years
- 25:00 Building Structure
- 29:00 How to Support
- 31:15 André as Commissioner of the NBA
- 34:30 Conclusions
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