Although Desmond Dunham “Coach D” initially developed the idea in 2013, Kids Elite officially launched in summer 2014 with an energetic and eager group of about 40 campers over the course of four weeks at Wilson High School in the Tenleytown neighborhood in NW Washington, DC. Coach D and the KE team were encouraged by all the positive feedback from the parents of those campers and decided to forge ahead beyond that inaugural year.
By the summer of 2019, Kids Elite offered eight weeks of summer camp, hosting more than 130 campers each week. Because of the demand, Kids Elite expanded to offer camp at a second location — Murch Elementary School. Coach D also galvanized summer training for serious athletes who were seeking competitive development to prepare for their fall seasons.
In 2020, Coach D officially partnered with Under Armour as an ambassador and coach to host premier training programs for dedicated youth athletes.
During this unprecedented time, Kids Elite did not offer in-person camps, but did offer free virtual sessions to support families.
Role: Administrative Assistant
College: George Washington University
Favorite Sport: Volleyball
Favorite Team: Washington Football Team
Fun Fact: In college, Coach Laura studied abroad in Seville, Spain and learned how to tango.
Role: Speed Coach
College: The University of Miami
Favorite Sport: Track & Field
Favorite Team: Miami Hurricanes
Fun Fact: Coach Meka is a twin!
Role: Operations and Social Media Manager
College: Eckerd College
Favorite Sport: Boxing
Favorite Team: Brooklyn Nets
Fun Fact: Coach Thelma has seven years of experience in martial arts. She has traveled to Cambodia, France, Spain, Guatemala, South Korea, Morocco, Italy.
Roles: Sports Specialist
College: Montgomery College
Favorite Sport: Soccer and basketball
Favorite Team: All DC sports teams
Fun Fact: Coach Urk is the reigning Kids Elite cornhole champion.
Roles: Sports Specialist, Boot Camp Trainer, Speed Coach
College: Pennsylvania State University
Favorite Sport: Basketball/Track
Favorite Team: Patriots
Fun Fact: Coach Dom is slightly TikTok famous for track and fitness and he knows how to walk on stilts.
Roles: Aftercare Coordinator
College: Xavier University of Louisiana
Favorite Sport: Football
Favorite Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Fun Fact: Coach Dawn enjoys educating and encouraging children to reach their fullest potential!