Ohio Franchise Owner
Steve Sanders was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where he graduated from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in 2001. He continued his education at Bowling Green State University where he was apart of 3-time National Championship coach Urban Meyer’s first recruiting class. Sanders finished his college football career with impressive career stats landing him honors as one of BGSU’s All-Time leading wide receivers.
More importantly, he graduated college with a bachelors degree in Liberal Studies. Sanders on field success led him to play in the NFL for his hometown, the Cleveland Browns, during the 2006-2008 seasons. He also has played for the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals. In 2012, Sanders willingly retired from the NFL to pursue his life’s purpose of directly impacting young people across the world.
In addition to his playing career and philanthropy, in 2013, Steve Sanders published his first book, “Training Camp For Life: Developing Champions In Sports and In Life” in 2014. To date, over 40,000 copies of Training Camp For Life have been distributed worldwide in both English and Spanish. Sanders has also used his book to partner with the NFL as an Ambassador of the NFL College Outreach Program. He was one of the first Ambassadors in the inaugural year of the program in 2015.
You can catch him on his weekly TV Show “Straight From The Pros” on NBC-WKYC during the NFL Season where he is an OnAir Sports Analyst alongside his good friend Josh Cribbs.
In 2015, Steve Sanders became the Metro Cleveland Director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. As Metro Director, he administers the vision of FCA for six counties in the Northeast Ohio region. FCA is a national nonprofit with over 1600 employees in the US and over 70 countries. Under Sanders leadership, Metro Cleveland FCA has experienced an increase in organizational awareness, donations, staff and board development.
Now, Sanders has partnered with Fundraising University to bring the first Fundraising University Franchise to Cleveland, Ohio in 2019. Sanders mission is to help coaches and schools with the development of their student-athletes by supporting their fundraising goals which will enhance their programs.