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Steve Wilks started the “3T Foundation” out of his love and respect for the community. He is committed to influencing the lives of others, particularly our youth. Steve grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina in the Hidden Valley neighborhood. His roots run deep throughout the community. As a youth and student, Steve excelled in sports through involvement with the Police Athletic League (PAL), JT Williams Middle School, and West Charlotte High School where he was the star quarterback.
Coach Wilks has had many role models throughout his life beyond just his parents. His youth coaches, teachers, and his pastor, all helped develop and mold his character. He feels compelled to provide the same opportunities to help advance today’s youth and help them to dream beyond their current circumstances.
Steve has built strong, lifelong relationships with 29 years of coaching experience in the college arena and the National Football League (NFL). He has a passion for promoting positive change and to be an influence in the lives of others. His fellow colleagues describe him as a great leader with an innovative mind. To this day residents of Hidden Valley recognize Coach Wilks's accomplishments and the integrity he demonstrates while navigating a career in professional football.
Steve Wilks is married to Marci Wilks and together they have three amazing children Marissa, Melanni, and Steven James.
Coach Wilks has worn many team colors over the years, but the maroon and gold of West Charlotte High School and the Charlotte community will always be close to his heart.
MEET THE TEAM
Steven Aycock is the Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for the City of Atlanta. Mr. Aycock began his work with the City of Atlanta in September of 2018 with the responsibility of continuing the transformation of Atlanta’s Parks and Recreation, specifically, recreation programming and park maintenance in conjunction with Mayor Bottoms’ vision of One Atlanta – an affordable, resilient and equitable Atlanta – which stands as a model city for both commerce and compassion. Mr. Aycock is a leader who is a catalyst for positive change and who fosters an environment of collaboration and teamwork to strengthen strategic alliances between the community and city administration. Prior to joining the City, Mr. Aycock worked with the Arizona Cardinals with the Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship serving as an assistant for the offensive Line coach. In addition, Mr. Aycock has over twenty years of experience in college football as a Head Football Coach and Player Development Director for colleges and universities that include Winston Salem State University, Jackson State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Tennessee State University, and Savannah State University. Mr. Aycock has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Production from Savannah State University and is currently enrolled in Pfeiffer University’s Master of Leadership program.
Jamie Christhilf brings a diverse skill set derived from almost two decades of working with Charlotte nonprofit organizations, holding leadership positions with several local political campaigns, and serving in several positions during a successful career in corporate banking with both Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Experienced at nonprofit development, project management, and event planning, she has found her passion in serving her community. She is the co-founder of Planning to Win Foundation, a Charlotte-based non-profit organization that provides the professional athletic community with the ability to create and develop foundations that benefit their local charitable goals. She lives in Charlotte NC with her husband and two children.
Barry Robert Ozer is passionate about supporting the youth of this country through education, goal setting, and mentorship. He believes the Teach, Train, Task cycle, and program of the 3 T Foundation is key to providing structure and guidance for our next generation. Barry loves providing support, guidance, and opportunities to youths who want and need his help. He is passionate about helping young people find, seize, and capitalize on opportunities that arise by being involved in the overall Charlotte community. Barry understands that he had opportunities presented to him based on his economic status and race that other children do not have. Therefore, he has an obligation to extend his passion, experiences, success, and professional network to others.
Barry is the Managing Partner and Founder of Magnolia Capital Partners a private wealth company focused on working with professional athletes, coaches, business people, and executives. He is a long time Charlotte resident and a father of four who grew up in Florida.