THE MINDSET SPORTS TEAM

Brad Dempsey (Coach D)

2005: Bachelors of Science in Psychology

2009: Masters of Education in Athletic Administration

2007-2014: Teacher & Coach

2014-2019: Athletic/Activities Director, Assistant Principal & Coach

2019-Present: Consultant, Entrepreneur & Founder of Mindset Sports

In 2018 Brad was given the "Outstanding Young Alumnus Award" from his alma matter Hannibal LaGrange University. The award was given to a graduate, who is age 35 or younger, for outstanding accomplishments in their profession, business, community, state or nation.

Brad worked tirelessly throughout his years in education to provide young people opportunities to be successful. Most notably he served as the president for the Central Missouri Parochial Athletic league as a volunteer for four years. During that time he restructured the league by writing the constitution and by-laws and scheduled 8 different sports for 22 member schools.

During Brad's time as a teacher and coach he wrote curriculum, started new classes and built youth feeder programs for sports he coached. As both a head and assistant coach he had the opportunity to coach in numerous district and state playoff games while being a part of multiple championships and state trophy winning teams.

As a Athletic/Activities Director Brad enjoyed building new programs and improving the programs already in place. He was a part of re-building the band and adding both bass fishing and trap shooting teams at his school. During his tenure as an AD his school won 31 district championships and 13 state trophies. Before leaving his AD position Brad was a part of building a 13.1 million dollar athletic complex at his school.

In 2019 Brad left education on a mission to do more. He has relied on his passion for people and for sports to help create Mindset Sports. His goal is to do everything humanly possible to make sports a positive experience for as many people as he can. He is embracing the challenge ahead of him and looking forward to continually building relationships that last a lifetime.

Elijah Mayfield (Mayf)

2018 to Present:  Head Manager, Lincoln University Men’s Basketball

2018 to Present: Member of the Missouri Governor’s Council on Disability

2021: Named “Manager of the Year” by Sports Locker Magazine

2016: Selected by the National Down Syndrome Society as “Self Advocate of the Year”

When he was in high school Elijah earned seven varsity letters as a sports manager, travelling with the football, basketball and baseball teams.  Currently, he just completed his fourth season as the head manager for the Lincoln University men’s basketball team.

Elijah began working in the Missouri Governor’s Office as a courier in 2014 and now, at age twenty-five, is working for his third Missouri governor.  He loves this job because he gets to deliver documents to other offices in the capitol and various state agencies.  He is very popular and well-known throughout the capitol by elected officials and their staffers.  

Because of his high visibility in the community, from working the sidelines at sporting events and often being mentioned in social media posts by high-ranking elected officials, Elijah has gained some national attention as well. In 2016, at age twenty, the National Down Syndrome Society selected him as their “Self Advocate of the Year” and he has travelled to Washington, DC to advocate on Capitol Hill on three occasions since then.  Speaking to and educating members of Congress about issues that are important to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

Elijah has an energy about him that is infectious.   When he interacts with others he has this light in his eyes that seems to come straight from his heart.  All kinds of people – whether they be high profile politicians, professional athletes, or custodial staff -- just seem to be drawn to him.  He has a sense of purity and honesty when he speaks that causes others to want to hear what he has to say.

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