As a leader on and off the court, Shane Battier firmly believes that the best way for young people to positively impact their future is through higher education.

The Battier Take Charge Foundation, established by Shane and his wife Heidi, is dedicated to providing resources for the development and education of underserved youth and teens.

With focus in Miami, Detroit, Houston and now Camden, NJ, the Battiers’ charge is to encourage and inspire a new generation of potential leaders through educational opportunities and the cultivation of effective leadership skills.

We carry out this mission through the following dynamic programs:

Our Team


As the Founder of Take Charge, Shane is actively involved in our daily operations, and is proud to take on an active mentoring role with each scholar who benefits from our programs.

Duke University, Religious Studies

Heidi has dedicated herself to helping young leaders - targeting her work in education and volunteer positions with youth-focused organizations. Take Charge has become her passion – one she juggles while raising her two children.

Villanova University, Communications

Newell’s personality, experience and drive makes her a perfect fit to run the daily operations of Take Charge. She’s been at the helm since day one, and epitomizes the foundation’s motto of “Do Well. Do Good.”

University of Mississippi, English & Art History

Beth joined the Take Charge Team after developing a love for our mission as a volunteer, and has helped us grow our Programs to what they are today.

Villanova University, Accounting & International Business

Community Partners

We are proud to partner with the following outstanding organizations.

We are committed to supporting our Scholars through their college years and beyond.

This commitment drives results - 95% of our Battier Scholars have received their Bachelor’s Degree, and many have gone on to pursue graduate studies.