I'm super excited to start a new feature, where every month I'll highlight someone I've had the privilege of working with. This month I had the chance to ask Larry Hill a few questions about his amazing business connecting youth sports athletes and universities.
Question. What Does Your Business Do?
My Crop Sports is a service for young athletes and their families around the world who want to be a mature scholar-athlete. Our feature service is an app-to-map of youth sports highlights and athletes around the world. Other services include consulting, athletic training, community service, and spiritual growth. Our end goal is to find hidden talent and connect those athletes with universities around the world.
Question. How Does Mission Intersect With
The mission is the heart and passion of what I do day in and day out. The business is what I do day in and day out. When my heart and actions are aligned good things are bound to happen.
Question. What one piece of advice do you
Do not chase money. Our bottom line is different than the traditional business model. I'm not willing to sacrifice my integrity, my character, or betray the trust of the community to make a larger profit margin. Often, there's a temptation to set aside the true mission to chase down financial opportunities that I am more than capable of capitalizing on. A true social entrepreneur can have faith that by doing the good deeds God will provide.
Question. What partnership opportunities
Last week we were blessed to cosponsor an event with the Harris county-Houston Sports Authority. More than 20 Olympic athletes came together on Olympic Day to promote the Olympic values among 400 kids in Houston's 5th Ward. We are also an official consultant for the 2017 Houston World Corporate Games; the largest Multi-sport event for employees in the world. My previous position, as research professor at the University of Houston, has allowed me to hone my expertise for aligning institutional resources with communities opportunities. What we are lacking is the financial capital to make the most out of the opportunities that are presented. My wife and I bootstrapped 99% of My Crop Sports. The statistics are clear that minority-owned Tech businesses fail to receive sufficient capital to launch our businesses. Well, this is the very barrier we are striving to overcome. We have a great credit score, paid off all of our loans (except home), and completed my terminal degree (Ph.D. UH-2011 and MBA CSULB-2005). However, the barrier still exists. I am tired of being Rumpelstiltskin. I've been asked to make straw into gold so many times. At some point someone is going to hand me a piece of gold and tell me to make something great out of it.
Erin McClarty, Founder and Principal