About

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. 

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

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. 

Executive Director  

Michael's Place

Mindy Buelle

NFL Free Agent

Former Teammate

Darqueze Dennard

Dir. of Operations

Brooksource

Former Teammate

Travis Jackson

Real Estate Investor 

& Entreprenuer

Shane Bullough

Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

MSU

Wayne Dyksen

Tax Partner

Plante Moran

Jerry Jonckheere

XFL Quarterback

& Former Teammate

Connor Cook

NFL Free Agent

Former Teammate

Bennie Fowler III

Product Development Mgr.

Whirlpool Corp.

Katie Sadler

Advisor

Michigan State University

Jim Cotter

Media Communications

Former Teammate

Darien Harris

TV Broadcaster

ESPN

Joe Tessitore

 Head Coach  MSU Football

Retired

Mark Dantonio

Supply Chain &

Operations Executive

Retired

Rick Jackson

Chair

Karen Sadler