About AFE


Athletes for Education (AFE) is a San Diego based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in June of 1993 by Steven Haynes. AFE’s ability to match the needs of our youth with athletes, entertainers, and community leaders as mentors sets us apart from other non-profits organizations and provides us with the unique ability to achieve our mission.

The AFE Story

Yearly over 5,000 lives are touched by Steven’s Legacy.
Families benefit during the holidays through AFE hosted holiday dinner giveaways and holiday parties.

  • Over 1,000 children receive new toys
  • over 200 children receive new shoes
  • over 1,000 families receive complete holiday dinners

Hundreds of low income and at-risk are rewarded with entry tickets to attend

  • San Diego Padres games
  • San Diego Charger games
  • SDSU games
  • Legoland
  • Sea World
  • the San Diego Zoo
  • Disneyland

AFE’s Mission Statement

Athletes for Education (AFE) is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) non-profit organization comprised of current and former professional athletes, entertainers, business and community leaders developed to help youth help themselves by providing support and mentorship.

AFE encourages youth to reach life goals by developing self-confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, and discipline. Our mentorship programs and events support and reward at-risk youth from disadvantaged areas, with the goal of establishing lasting life skills, that act as an investment in our youth and community.

AFE’s mentorship programs are designed to work in collaboration with schools and other non-profit organizations to teach life skills and team building exercises designed to improve literacy, school attendance, and excellent citizenship, as well as promote healthy lifestyles.

AFE’s Goals

  • Teach team work, discipline and life skills
  • Embracing health and Wellness
  • Appreciation for rewards associated with efforts
  • Meeting goals by building self-confidence