About the Founder
Swain is the founder and executive director of The Next Level
Foundation, an organization dedicated to uplifting youth throughout the
country. All of his diverse responsibilities reflect a long-term
commitment to kids
and raised in Opa Locka, Florida, Swain gained a strong work ethic at
an early age. He received a full athletic scholarship to the University
of Miami and graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in Sociology. Immediately
upon graduation, Swain was drafted to the Minnesota Vikings where he
played for four years. Swain also played two seasons with both the
Pittsburgh Steelers and the Miami Dolphins.
Currently, as the Head
football coach at Henry High School in North Minneapolis, Swain is
helping his players reach The Next Level by developing the
characteristics they need to succeed in football and in life. The Next
Level Foundation, which he began in April of 2009 started in Minnesota.
Two years later it expanded to Texas with his daughter, Natalie Swain,
serving as Regional President. The Foundation seeks to point 7th
through 12th graders to success by focusing on education, athletics,
conflict resolution, self-esteem and controlled theory, a philosophy
that teaches individuals—rather than external forces—are responsible for
their own actions.
Since the foundations inception in 2009, it has
distributed college scholarships, hosted 5k runs and sponsored "two-day"
camps where participants enjoy not only intense football drills but
also numerous motivational workshops.
is delighted that The Next Level Foundation in Minnesota is now
registered in Texas. The Next Level Foundation is an IRS sanctioned
501(c)3 non-profit, tax exempt public organization.