The modern room with high-top whiteboard tables is home to the special incubator class here at Lake Forest High School. Everyone has either heard about this class, predicated on practical, real-world-ready experience, or has been in the state-of-the-art classroom.
This year is the fourth year that the incubator class is being offered. Each year in early December, the eager new incubator groups are directed to make a Facebook page for their business and compete with the other groups to get the most likes. The winner of this contest receives advertising money. Most of us have been swamped with message queries inviting us to “please go like _______,” which has led Lake Forest students to gain a decent knowledge of what a lot of the businesses are trying to create this year. One business stands out more than most of the others: Inbound Athletics.
There has been an evident trend in businesses that have been funded at Pitch Night each spring. In 2015, High School Hired, a company that connected high school students with local jobs, was funded. In 2016, Peach Academics was funded, a company connecting high school tutors with students who needed academic support. And last year, 2017, two of the three funded companies–be it purposefully or coincidentally–followed the pattern set forth by their predecessors. Lightning Bug Babysitters was connecting high school babysitters with local families. Generation Integration also got funded with a nonprofit idea to connect high schoolers with the elderly living at senior living homes. Notice the pattern? Almost all of the companies that have got funded have one key thing in common: forming connections between high school students and another market of people. Inbound Athletics is joining that bandwagon.
Inbound Athletics is a service that connects young kids who want to develop their athletic abilities with high school students who excel in that certain sport. When asked where they got the idea, Maddie Marshall, a member of the group, shared, “we wanted teens to have an easy way to make money, and it sounded like a good option for kids who aren’t ready to do team sports or just want to advance their skills.”
According to the other group members, Jake Fisher, Erik Luedeking, and Quinn Sokol, they plan on first focusing on Lake Forest and Lake Bluff families. Families that the group’s members babysit for have already expressed interest in this service.
If you are interested in training or interested in training students, you can visit their Facebook page at the link below: