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Team Focus Presents 16th Annual Fundraising Banquet




MOBILE, Ala. (April 10, 2024) – For the 16th year, Team Focus will hold its annual fundraising banquet, featuring, for the first year, keynote speaker, Coach Kalen DeBoer, the new head football coach for The University of Alabama Crimson Tide. The banquet is set for Thursday, May 2, at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel located at 64 S. Water Street, Mobile, Al.  Team Focus founder Mike Gottfried will speak and introduce keynote speaker, Coach DeBoer.  

Sponsorships are now available and include:


Sponsor - $7,500 includes:

  1. Table for 10 with prime seating

  2. Private Meet & Greet with Coach DeBoer

  3. Photo opportunity with Coach DeBoer

  4. Autographed football from Coach DeBoer

  5. Program Ad


Reserved table of ten - $1,250       


This special night is the sole fundraiser for the non-profit Team Focus. It will begin with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and program beginning at 6 p.m. Individual tickets are $125 with early registration encouraged, as seating is limited. Click here to purchase tickets, and to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact the Team Focus office at 251.635.1515.


Named Mobilian of the Year in 2010, Mike Gottfried drew from his own life experiences when he and his wife, Mickey, founded the faith-based Team Focus in 2000. He has over 13 years of experience as a college football head coach and has also served as a college football analyst for ESPN.  (Photo: Mike Gottfried)

 Team Focus is rooted in utilizing leadership skills, Christian values, guidance and continual relationships to reach young men aged 10-18 that lack a father figure in their lives. This community-centered program focuses on positive influences and role models – including high-profile, nationally-recognized collegiate and professional athletes and coaches - to reach these young men through individual mentoring, tutoring, monthly social activities, leadership camps and scholarship opportunities. Headquartered in Mobile, Ala, Team Focus has three chapter locations across the United States.  Since its inception, the organization has impacted the lives of more than 6,000 young men throughout the U.S.  For more information, call 251.635.1515 or visit


Kalen DeBoer has produced unprecedented results at every stop of his coaching career. His hard work and dedication to his craft has shaped one of the most impressive resumes in college football after just nine years as a head coach.

DeBoer's coaching philosophy stresses the importance of class, integrity and academic success. He has a passion for bringing people together while building the total program. DeBoer believes in creating an environment that allows his players to thrive. He holds a deep commitment to developing the young men in his program and investing in them both on and off the field as they prepare for their next steps in life.

DeBoer and his staff believe in developing players athletically, academically, socially and spiritually so that they leave the program as better men. Beyond winning football games, it is about building a culture within the program that is contagious and producing a team that loves each other and are willing to play for each other.

During his 26 years in coaching, he has consistently prospered at multiple levels and in different roles, helping to build and revitalize programs while establishing a diverse network of contacts across the country, in both coaching and recruiting. In nine seasons as a head coach, DeBoer accumulated a record of 104-12, which includes a 25-3 record in his previous stop with the Washington Huskies and three NAIA National Championships at Sioux Falls.

DeBoer and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters, Alexis and Avery.




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