What is SAFEO? – Student Athletes for Educational Opportunities (SAFEO), Inc. is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization that supports student athletes at all levels. Founded in 1990 its membership consists of student and professional athletes, coaches, officials of athletic organization, semi-professional sports groups and other community stakeholders. SAFEO works to prepare student athletes for the rigors of college level work and the challenges of the college experience. It also works to enhance their athletic skills; introduce them to the many available career opportunities in sports; and inform and train them in healthy living. We work to build character and a consciousness for community responsibility.
SAFEO is noted for a host of community–based programs including the Mayor’s Summer Youth Program, the “Vernon Davis Youth and Families Health and Fitness Summer Jam, the Crystal Langhorne GET WISE Girls summer basketball camp, Student Athletes Against Drugs (SAADD), the I Promise Concussion Awareness Campaign and the Montgomery County Volunteer Center SSL provider among others.
Our Mission – At the core of our mission is to prepare student athletes academically for the rigors of college-level work, to work with them to enhance their athletic skills and to equip them with important information about the college experience including viable college options, the application process, standardize test requirements, test-taking essentials, available financial aid, time management, study skills, and student/ professional responsibilities.
Our History – In 1990, as a result of the many changes to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules concerning the academic eligibility of young student athletes entering into college and university athletic programs, a University of the District of Columbia (UDC) All-American linebacker, J. Laffeyette Carter, founded Student Athletes for Educational Opportunities (SAFEO) in an effort to set up programs to provide direct assistance for area Jr, middle and high school student athletes and their parents as a vehicle in preparation for a successful entry into and completion of college degree programs.