Inspire and empower students to realize individual potential with strong character, compassion and social-emotional awareness.

Our Strategy

Mike Sadler’s legacy is a magnet that draws kids to realize their personal potential in school, sports, and life by developing character strength, compassion and self-awareness. We emphasize the six pillars of Mike’s legacy that enable students to disrupt cultural trends, empowering them to become intentional givers and leaders of tomorrow.  Michael Sadler Foundation realizes this mission by supporting scholar-athlete awards, establishing scholarships and presenting unique K-12 educational programs.

The Prize is in the Journey

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

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

Head Football Coach

Michigan State University

Mark Dantonio

Dir. Columbus Operations


Travis Jackson


Karen Sadler

Real Estate Investor

Shane Bullough

Cincinnati Bengals Cornerback

Darqueze Dennard

Tax Partner

Plante Moran

Jerry Jonckheere

NFL Quarterback

Connor Cook

NY Giants

Wide Receiver

Bennie Fowler III

Product Development Mgr.

Whirlpool Corp.

Katie Sadler


Michigan State University

Jim Cotter

Retired Business Executive

Rick Jackson

TV Broadcaster



Joe Tessitore