Colleen Cheek joined Activities Beyond the Classroom (ABC) in September 2021 as the AAA (Athletic and Academic Accountability) Pathway Manager. In this role, Colleen oversees the AAA Pathway, which is a comprehensive student-athlete development program designed to provide every CPS athlete with the supports needed to achieve success in both their academics and athletics.
Colleen comes to ABC after working over seven years at the Reds Community Fund (RCF), rising to Senior Outreach Manager through her outstanding performance with the organization. With the RCF, Colleen managed the Reds Rookie Success League in five locations, created the Reds Home Base program, implemented educational programs for the P&G Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy, analyzed RCF program data, and more. Before that, Colleen worked in Community Relations with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. In that role, she managed educational programs and donations. Colleen looks forward to using her decade of experience in the professional sports world to build upon an already impressive program.
Started during the 2018-19 school year through a partnership with CPS Athletics, AAA Pathway provides mentoring and resources to every student athlete throughout Cincinnati Public Schools. This could include everything from tutoring, mental health counseling, nutritional guidance, study groups, mentoring, and career coaching. In addition, AAA Pathway helps 11th and 12th grade students prepare for post-graduation, with trainings such as ACT Bootcamp and athletic-specific college resources.
The work of AAA Pathway would not be possible without several key partners, such as the Cincinnati Bengals and Honest Game. The Bengals have provided financial support, school supplies for students, and their players have even provided mentoring to student athletes. Honest Game has been amazing at helping students track their progress through their interactive software and up-to-date progress reports. After rolling out this new partnership with Honest Game at four CPS high schools this past year, ABC and CPS are excited to see it expand to every CPS high school for the current school year.