Sports Leadership and Team Development with EMPOWER

Empowering athletes and teams through highly-customized shared adventure experiences led by professionally trained and experienced Sports Leadership facilitators. The facilitation of our Sports Leadership Training lead to an empowering environment in which athletes and teams can safely venture out of their comfort zones and discover the best version of themselves!

Sports Leadership Training

The SUMMIT and EMERGE Programs – training athletes for success on and off the field.

SUMMIT Sports Leadership Training

The SUMMIT Program – Championship Teams are made up of athletes with unwavering self-confidence, exceptional communication skills, trust and belief in teammates, and the unrelenting drive to achieve. Using a mix of psychological exercises and experiential training, EMPOWER President Dan Jaskot will have your athletes getting out of their comfort zones and pushing their limits. The SUMMIT Program will forge strong bonds and trusting connections among teammates – creating a CHAMPIONSHIP CHEMISTRY!

  • Takes place at your gym or training facility
  • 2.5 hours in duration
  • $25.00 per athlete (10 athlete minimum)

EMERGE Sports Leadership Training

The EMERGE Program – take SUMMIT and triple its impact! Over the course of 3 training sessions, EMPOWER President Dan Jaskot will lead a series of individual leadership challenges, group leadership initiatives, and team vs. team competitive adventure challenges; helping your student-athletes identify and overcome their own limitations, achieve goals they never thought possible, and discover how their ability to lead themselves through challenges, adversity, and fear can shape their path to success for the rest of their lives!

  • Takes place at your gym or training facility
  • 3 sessions; each 2.5 hours in duration
  • $40.00 per athlete (10 athlete minimum)

Inspiration through Adventure

SOAR Sports Leadership Program

EMPOWER’s Signature Sports Leadership event. The SOAR Program includes the perfect blend of aerial and ground-based leadership and team building challenges – challenging athletes to overcome fear, adversity, and challenge by functioning as a unified team. The SOAR Program is approximately 4 hours in duration and includes:

  • Connecticut’s only fully-guided Zip Line Canopy Tour; focusing on Leadership of Self and Team Bonding
  • Collaborative Ground Based Team Building Initiatives focused on foundational team skill development
  • EMPOWER’s Leadership Obstacle Course Challenge – a competitive, team vs. team adventure challenge designed to simulate the challenges associated with participation in competitive sport
  • Team Success Action Plan Development
  • All personal safety equipment and “ground school” course orientation
  • Over 2,000 feet of tree-top zip lining adventure excitement
  • Dedicated and professionally-trained guides and facilitators
  • Digital photos from your entire experience
  • A bottled water for each participant

More Sports Leadership Offerings

Complete the online request pricing form to learn more about other EMPOWER Sports Leadership Offerings, including:

  • FOUNDATIONS Program: Customized Collaborative Ground Based Team Building Program; focused on foundational team skill development (2 to 4 hours in duration)
  • The RANGER Program: Rangers Lead the Way is a 24-hour leadership intensive including a series of aerial and ground-based adventure challenges set up in a competitive, “platoon-style” environment. The Rangers Program is designed to trim away at athletes’ defense mechanisms and excuses, and build them up with self-esteem, confidence, and the belief that, as a unified team, they are unstoppable. Includes meals, drinking water supply, and a rustic overnight stay on EMPOWER’s campus.
  • CHAMPIONS Program: 6 to 7 hour Sports Leadership Program including EMPOWER’s Zip Line Canopy Tour, Team Building Tree Climb Challenges, and Leadership Obstacle Course.
  • EDGE Program: Ground-based program including collaborative team building initiatives plus EMPOWER’s Leadership Obstacle Course challenge

Benefits of Sports Leadership & Team Development Training

Coaches everywhere are looking for the “magic bullet” – a way to get their athletes’ best when it matters most. Sports Scientists all over the world have dedicated millions of dollars to research this exact topic. But the answer is simple – there is no “magic bullet”, special drink or supplement. The way coaches get the most out of their players when it matters most is by training those athletes in the proper way – by training their minds.

Former Army Ranger, and EMPOWER Founder, Joe DeRing states, “Our ability as humans to coach ourselves through challenge, adversity, and fear is the single most important skill we can learn; it is this skill that will keep your head in the game when it is needed most; it is this skill that will prevent your body from relenting when you are most tired; it is also this skill that will help you make the right choices over wrong throughout your life”. The lessons learned when involved in competitive sports are endless – camaraderie, committed preparation for success, overcoming adversity, dedication to the successes of the team vs. the individual – all skills common in successful athletes and teams, as well as people who are successful in life.

Insert accountability, character, and leadership into your sports program with the EMPOWER Sports Leadership Team. Derived from Joe’s “real-world” leadership training as an Army Captain, Sports Leadership with EMPOWER focuses on training athletes and teams to (1) self-coach through internal and external challenges and stress, (2) develop systems of individual and team accountability, (3) motivate teammates to achieve extraordinary results, and (4) develop a no-nonsense attitude towards preparation and competition.

Empowering Solutions

EMPOWER’s Sports Leadership & Team Development Programs will trim away at athletes’ defense mechanisms and excuses, building them up with self-esteem, confidence, and the belief that, as a unified team, they are unstoppable. The EMPOWER Sports Leadership Team will leverage “positive risk” adventure challenges; challenge athletes to push through fear and other distractions – helping them unlock their true potential!

Request Program Pricing, or contact Dan Jaskot (860-638-4754,, for details.

Amenities include catering options, uninhibited access to large pavilion with picnic tables for meals, outdoor meeting space, or group social, and ample free parking!

Sports Leadership with EMPOWER

Sports Leadership Client List

UConn Men’s Ice Hockey

UMASS Women’s Lacrosse

Amherst College – LEADS Captains Symposium

Smith College Captains Leadership Symposium

Yale University Football

Yale University Softball

University of Hartford Women’s Basketball

Wesleyan University Men’s Soccer

Wesleyan University Men’s Basketball

Wesleyan University Crew

Smith College Women’s Basketball

Connecticut College Women’s Volleyball

Wesleyan University Men’s Soccer

University of New Haven Women’s Volleyball

Mid-Fairfield Stars – U13 Girl’s Ice Hockey

Madison Little League All-Stars

Arete Swim Camp

Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy

Guilford Racquet and Swim Club

Glastonbury Youth Soccer

CT Northern Lights U-16 Girl’s Hockey

Jackson Liberty and Memorial High Schools Track & Field (NJ)

Hale-Ray High School Men’s Soccer

Perkiomenville Valley High School Men’s Lacrosse (PA)

Haddam-Killingworth High School Field Hockey

Glastonbury High School Student-Athlete Leadership Symposium

Mercy High School Basketball

Hamden Hall Country Day School Women’s Basketball

Xavier High School Wrestling

Raritan High School Football (NJ)

Daniel Hand High School Men’s Lacrosse

Avon High School Baseball

Hamden High School Baseball

Daniel Hand High School Baseball

Notre-Dame Fairfield High School Men’s Ice Hockey

Mercy High School Soccer

Conard High School Football

Stratford High School Football

Xavier High School Baseball

Old Saybrook High School Women’s Soccer

Wethersfield High School Ice Hockey

Glastonbury High School Men’s Lacrosse

Choate Rosemary Hall Swimming

Ridgefield Hight School Softball

Middletown High School Baseball

Sheehan High School Football

Wolcott High School Football

Mercy High School Volleyball

Rye High School Men’s Lacrosse (NY)