About Beyond Sports
Connecting the world through sports!
Beyond Sports was co-founded by two former college basketball teammates, Josh Erickson and Grant Leslie. After graduating from Willamette University, both Grant and Josh had unique international experiences in Costa Rica, coaching the Men’s and Women’s Costa Rica National Basketball and Men’s National Baseball teams and building connections with sporting communities abroad. They were inspired by the power of cross-cultural understanding through sports and wanted to create opportunities for student-athletes to travel abroad and create meaningful connections and unique experiences through their sport. While attending the “New Venture to Launch” MBA program at the Atkinson School of Management, Grant and Josh began bringing student-athletes down to Costa Rica for the first-ever Beyond Sports programs.
Since 2010, Grant, Josh, and the rest of the Beyond Sports team have expanded program offerings from Costa Rica to 6 other countries (South Africa, Spain, Italy, Australia, Thailand, and Panama). We have hosted over 3,000 athletes from 500+ universities in our 9-year history in Beyond Sports Tours, Beyond Sports Team Trips, Student-Athletes Abroad Internships and Academic Programs, and our Beyond Sports GLASS.
Our programs are created by athletes for athletes. We firmly believe in providing student-athletes with a balanced experience abroad. We achieve this by offering exceptional academic experiences, unique opportunities for engagement with local communities through our partnerships, daily workouts and sport-specific training, and plenty of time for exploring local attractions.
Empowering the next generation of female leaders through sports, service, and global engagement!
In 2018, Beyond Sports founded its first high school program––the Girls Leadership Academy for Service & Sport (GLASS).
GLASS is the premier international sports leadership program for high school female athletes. Located in Costa Rica, young women from all over the United States are invited to engage in a transformational leadership development experience, guided by our all-female team of Mentors.
Through GLASS we aim to provide:
An enlivened sense of independence, confidence, and leadership skills
A greater awareness of other communities and cultures
An enhanced understanding of indispensable skills and values acquired through sports
A dynamic network formed with like-minded peers and mentors
A stimulated sense of adventure