Our Mission

Inspire and empower students to realize individual potential with strong character

Our Strategy

We recognize outstanding scholar athletes with strong character through awards and scholarships, and we help kids to begin building their legacies at an early age through our unique K-12 programs which use Mike's legacy and Six Pillars as a model. 

Sadler Six Pillars

Get a Good Education

Set Goals and Aim High

Practice Integrity and Humility

Choose Friends Carefully

Share Compassion with Every Person

Find a Reason to Laugh Each Day

      The Prize is in the Journey
Our Inspiration

Michael Sadler's extraordinary life was abruptly halted when he died in a tragic car accident in Wisconsin on July 23, 2016.  At the time, he was volunteering at a kicking camp to mentor young players. His commitment to helping others, contributing to community and embracing his love of family, friends, and society was constant. He lived his life with impeccable character. Only after his death did we realize the tens of thousands of lives he affected because of his integrity and the way he chose to live life.


Michael earned unparalleled recognition in academics and athletics.  At MSU he earned a bachelor's degree in Engineering and a master's degree in Public Policy. He was an All-American as well as the first-ever, four-time Academic All American in MSU history. Michael was a member of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class of 2014 and a William V. Campbell trophy finalist.  He was awarded the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor in 2014 for outstanding athletic and academic achievement. Awards that Mike received are now being renamed in his honor.  Michael was proud to be a Spartan and was excited to be entering Stanford Law School. Click here to read more about his outstanding achievements, both on and off the field. 

Board of Directors

Mindy Buelle

Executive Director  

Michael's Place

Darqueze Dennard

NFL Free Agent

Former Teammate

Travis Jackson

Dir. of Operations


Former Teammate

Shane Bullough

Real Estate Investor 

& Entreprenuer

Wayne Dyksen

Professor of Computer Science & Engineering


Jerry Jonckheere

Tax Partner

Plante Moran

Connor Cook

XFL Quarterback

& Former Teammate

Bennie Fowler III

NFL Free Agent, Author, Professional Speaker

Former Teammate

Katie Sadler

Product Development Mgr.

Whirlpool Corp.

Jim Cotter


Michigan State University

Darien Harris

Director of Player Engagement-MSU Football

Former Teammate

Joe Tessitore

TV Broadcaster


Mark Dantonio

 Head Coach  MSU Football


Rick Jackson

Supply Chain &

Operations Executive


Karen Sadler


Building GameChang3rs...Building Legacies