Building Leaders Through
Our mission at Team First Academy is to build talented youth sports players into exceptional athletes and remarkable people. We do this through a combination of world-class athletic training, advanced academic tutoring, peer and adult mentoring, as well as character-building and leadership classes.
About T1 Academy’s Founder
T1 Sports Academy was founded by Andre Collins who has over 25 years of experience enhancing the educational development of student-athletes. He has extensive experience identifying factors that can make school a more successful experience for students. He fully comprehends the influences of school, home and community on students. He also has 25 years of experience coaching football, both at the collegiate and high school levels. A number of his former players are currently playing football at the professional and at the collegiate level. He has conducted a number of athletic camps and clinics. Andre has developed a Life Skills Program for a number of high schools. He also worked for the National Football League sponsored High School Player Development Program. Andre has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois.
Marcos Malaquias-Curitiba, Brazil
During the past two years, I have built a trusting relationship with Coach Collins. He has provided my son an opportunity to continue his high school education in the United States. He has also assisted with the college recruitment process. I know that he has a true care and concern for all the students that he works with.
Ron Zook, Former Head Coach University of Illinois
I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for bringing your team down to our one day camp. We were all very impressed with the talent you are working with. Thank you for being so organized, as it allowed the camp to run very smooth. You have done an outstanding job coaching, mentoring, and preparing the athletes you work with for the next stage of their lives. You are running a great program, keep up the good work.
The McClendons, St. Louis, MO
Mr. Collins was very instrumental in the process of helping my son in his quest for college choices. There wasn't a time that my husband or I didn't reach out to Mr. Collins, with questions or concerns, he didn't have time to answer. This is our only son, we wanted him in good hands. We wanted to make sure that we didn't miss any opportunities in the recruiting process and putting him with a good company, that knows the recruiting process, was very important. Our son had to also be comfortable with Team First, with that, it truly paid off for our son. I would recommend Team First to anyone that is looking for a trustworthy, honest and sincere company that looks out for your child and their future college sports endeavors. Again, "Thank you" so much for everything.
Matheus Tonon-Sao Paulo, Brazil
Team First offered me cultural, academic and athletic tools needed to achieve success in the United States. Coach Collins established a trusting relationship with my parents, which enabled me to pursue my goal of playing college soccer with their support. I would like to thank Team First for providing me with the guidance needed to accomplish my goals.