All Heart Athletics Founders

How it all began!

Jimmy Baxter

Jimmy Baxter, is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida but now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended high school in the St. Petersburg area and became a top recruit for both track & field and basketball. He accepted a scholarship to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa. 

During his time at USF from 2000-04, Baxter was a star both in basketball and track & field. As a high jumper, he was a two-time All-American and two-time Conference USA champion in that event. He also had the third-highest jump in the nation in 2003, set the program record and earned his third straight trip to the NCAA Division I National Championships. He was also named the C-USA Freshman of the Year and competed in the 2004 Olympic trials. He graduated from the USF with a degree in Social Science. 

After college, he started playing basketball professionally in the World Basketball League. His career took him to Europe, the Middle East and South America.. His professional basketball career lasted 12 years. 

Additionally, Mr. Baxter has been awarded the NCAA's Award of Valor and was awarded the key to the City of Tampa, Florida. 

Dr. Monica Baxter

Monica Baxter is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Baxter is an educator of 12 years and a graduate of USF class of 2002. She achieved her masters degree in Reading. 

She is also the co-founder of Splash on Literacy in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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