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Rising Stars: Meet Patrick Lefler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patrick Lefler.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Our story begins roughly 17 years ago. While in college pursuing my Computer Engineering Degree, my current business partner and I decided to start helping kids in the sport of basketball. What started as just 15 kids in a gym has blossomed to over 4000 registrations a year (up until Covid) in our programs ranging from leagues, academies, camps, and now volleyball. We have also implemented and pioneered the Tournament of Champions, a year long multi-district school event where individuals schools K- 8 build teams per grade to earn points for four events throughout the school year with the school with the most points winning the cup. This event in the 2018-19 school year earned $80,000 in donations to the participating school districts and their respective Public Schools Foundations.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No, it has not. I have not met anyone who has opened and grown a business where it was always easy. It is the challenges though that shape teach and ultimately make it the more enjoyable. I truly believe that the journey is more about the journey than the destination. The more difficult the journey the more appreciate of the view. Without going into details, we did not rely on donations to grow and have had to learn everything through trial and error. We do not own any of the facilities that we use and have to make relationships work with Boys and Girls Club, school districts, community centers, etc.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
For us, it is the core values of our business. We are a 501 C-3 nonprofit that prides itself on experience. We strive for a white glove experience from the first moment of interaction, via online, email, flyer, phone call or text to the completion of our service. To do this requires a team that fully understands not only each step along the way but the overall experience and product goal. I am very proud of everyone employee and contractor we hire that contributes towards this goal.

Contact Info:

  • Email: info@socalelite.org
  • Website: socalelite.org
  • Instagram: socalelitesports


Image Credits:

Photo from IPSF End of year Teachers Banquet, was published in newspaper.

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