Stan Daugherty - Founder and Director
Hello, and welcome to the Higher Level Sports website. My name is Stan Daugherty, founder and director of Higher Level. My whole professional career – over 42 years – has been dedicated to education and sports at all levels. I have been fortunate enough to be a boys high school varsity coach at five schools in central Indiana and the head coach at Goshen College in northern Indiana. In each of these situations, I enjoyed the relationships and the challenges that came with each position. Involvement in sports – and all that comes with it – have been an important part of my life for a long time.
In the early nineties, I was asked to direct a father-son basketball camp for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. It was one of the highlights of my early career as a coach as I saw fathers and sons spending time together learning and playing the game. From this experience, Higher Level Sports Ministries was born, to offer father-son basketball camps at different college campuses in the Midwest.
In 1999, Higher Level Sports Ministries became an official 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation with the goal of providing experiences for fathers and kids that would add value to their relationships and provide leadership growth in their lives. Since that time we have held over 50 different camp programs for fathers and their sons and daughters, and have had over a thousand campers. It has been a tremendous blessing for my sons and me, and it has helped us as we continue to grow as men.
As we move forward, there are several goals that we hope to accomplish in the future with our camps. First, we want to provide a bonding experience for a father and his children. Whether it be a three-day overnight camp experience or a one day clinic, we want camp to be a memory for life. Secondly, we want to teach young players how to play the game the right way. This will help dads as they work with their children, and it will help the child to get quality teaching from experienced coaches. Most importantly, we want to provide opportunities for growth in faith and leadership for both fathers and kids. In the current culture of youth sports, learning to capture the “teachable moments” for a father and child is extremely important. Higher Level will provide several insights and ideas into helping you grow as a father and will give you tools to navigate your youth sports experience.
Lastly, we want your Higher Level experience to be fun. As we expand our camps and sports, the importance of keeping it fun is at the top or our list. I want to thank you for taking time to check out our website and information about who we are and what we do. I have been so blessed to work alongside my sons, Travis and Trevor, since the beginning of Higher Level. Our experience during this time has been unforgettable and has allowed me to see them grow as people, husbands, and fathers. My hope is that you will consider attending a Higher Level Sports Camp and that it will add value to your life in a most memorable way!