Mike Barker

Mike Barker

Founder


Heroes Sports

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Serving my country in the United States Army.
Helping military injured warriors from the battlefield to rehab back to their new normal life.
Playing baseball with a group of veterans as a player for the love of the game.
Helping fill the needs of the baseball team through networking and sponsorship.
Filing for my own nonprofit called Heroes Sports.
Operating the daily needs of veterans and the organization.
Securing baseball games in minor stadiums and a celebrity softball game in New Jersey.
Not knowing exactly what the future holds, but working for it every day.
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Education

High School
O'fallon Township High School
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Phoenix

Career

Founder

I operate a nonprofit organization for military veterans raising awareness for PTSD, TBI and suicide.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Action Sports
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

A day of running Heroes Sports is very hectic. From answering phone calls, to sending the emails, to going to meetings to raise awareness for military veterans physical and mental disability needs can consume your day. The rewarding part is knowing that you may be saving a life of someone who is struggling or thinking about committing suicide. Some of the many things that are done are counseling, visiting hospitals and scheduling events to keep these veterans active in the community.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

School cannot prepare you to deal with the struggles of what veterans are going through after 14 years of war. The struggle is daily, finding ways to keep them active can also be difficult and having them plug-in to a program that fits their needs can also be difficult. Motivation and preparation are two of the biggest things that are needed to maintain this organization.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

It's important to have a basic knowledge of how businesses operate and are formed, as well as forming a business plan and organizational structure. Also important, is having served in the military to know how veterans function and operate.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"No way you can start up a nonprofit for military veterans and make it successful. There's already too many of them."

Challenges I Overcame

Starting a Business