About Us

The DAE Foundation

DAE works to build strong, skilled, effective, and responsible community citizens with an emphasis on moral character, academic progress, and overall physical and mental health.

DAE Foundation provides basketball education, social competency programs, and educational events to students, student athletes, and families, in partnership with community organizations and schools. DAE works to build strong, skilled, effective, and responsible community citizens with an emphasis on moral character, academic progress, and overall physical and mental health. The JLP Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit that powers the DAE Foundation with fundraising support to provide free programming and services to the community.

Delores And Estelle

The DAE Foundation was founded by College of Charleston Hall of Famer, Jermel President, in 1999. Named for his mother, Delores, and grandmother, Estelle, President founded the DAE Foundation to give back to the community that had raised him. As a former student-­athlete in Charleston, President understood the need for skill development programs, and resources to educate and inform young basketball players. In 2023, the DAE Foundation expanded their physical education and social competency programs to provide that service to all students in partnership with schools and community organizations.

Est 1999

What We Do

& Services

Basketball Education

• Basketball Basics 101 & 102
• Team Training and Concepts
• Spring Basketball: Team DAE

Community Events

• Safety DAE - March
• Back to School DAE - August
• Education Raffle - January & September
• The Oatmeal Recipe Tour: The DAE Foundation on the road

Social Competency Education Programs

Working with community partners to create social/emotional learning solutions to improve student's soft skills, enhance interpersonal development, and help students prepare for personal and professional success.

Individual and Group Sessions

Our individual basketball skill training program is offered to both boys and girls ages 7-17. We offer a positive environment for players looking to enhance their individual fundamental skills.


Collegiate Consulting

• Collegiate Consulting for Student-Athletes (Grades 9th to 12th)
• Athletic Profile Creation
• Post-Graduate Consulting

Speaking Engagements

Working with community partners to create social/emotional learning solutions to improve student's soft skills, enhance interpersonal development, and help students prepare for personal and professional success.

Founder & Executive Director


Number Two-Zero

Jermel President is a former Burke High School Bull Dog and went on to a brilliant career at the College of Charleston (’95-’99). This former point guard is a member of the College of Charleston Hall Of Fame. On February 12th, 2011, Jermel was given the ultimate honor of having his number retired and it is now hanging from the rafters of the Cougar’s home court, The TD Bank Arena. After his college career, Jermel, enjoyed a pro career and was coached by National Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry. Upon completing his playing career, Mr. President, remembering his own trials and tribulations of growing up in the Charleston inner city, decided it was time to give back and founded the non-profit organization, the DAE Foundation.

Connect with Jermel

The Roster

Team DAE

Ashley Oxford

Ashley Oxford

Social Media Marketing

Ashley Oxford is the Social Media Marketing Queen on the Jermel President marketing team, helping Jermel extend his reach and following using social media marketing.

Brittany E. Haynes

Brittany E. Haynes

Video and Podcast Production

Brittany Haynes is president of BEHs Entertainment and the video editor on Jermel President’s postproduction team. Brittany pieces together the work of art Jermel demonstrates through training and informational videos. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication at Benedict College where she was the news editor for BCTV newscast and Production Manager.
She earned her Masters of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. 

Ethan McAlpin

Ethan McAlpin

Creative Media Producer

Ethan McAlpin is a video producer, who gets really excited about creative strategy. He aims to uplift and inspire others, through stories that highlight captivating people, adventures, and the great outdoors.

Based in Charleston, SC, Ethan is a 2020 graduate of Flagler College; where he earned his BA in Media Production, supplemented with minors in Marketing and Advertising.

Jennifer Buddin

Jennifer Buddin

Communications Director

Jennifer Buddin provides communication and organizational development support. She is the principal of EBW LLC as well as a comedy improviser at Theatre 99 in Charleston, SC.


Catherine Etchells

Catherine Etchells

Catherine's Bio

Catherine Etchells is an Associate Attorney at Law Offices of Sean M. Wilson, LLC and began working there in January of 2021. Earning her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2018, Catherine relocated to South Carolina to attend The Charleston School of Law where she graduated in May of 2021.

While attending law school Catherine participated on the Moot Court team where she obtained the coveted final four in the Charleston School of Law internal competition. She subsequently qualified for the quarterfinals in the August A. Rendings National Product Liability competition.

Catherine is involved with the Young Lawyers Division where she assisted with the backpack drive, aimed to collect and donate school supplies for children and with the Cinderella project, aimed at collecting and donating formal wear for High School students.

Frank Kerr

Frank Kerr

Frank's Bio

Frank Kerr is a Director of Sales at Microsoft Corporation where he lead the healthcare  sales team through Microsoft’ 19+B acquisition of Nuance Communications. Kerr specializes in creating practical training programs and motivational strategies to develop functional, productive teams.

A member of the Charleston Rifle Club and Knights of Columbus, he also serves as the President on the board at Blessed Sacrament, and volunteers as a youth sports coach. He enjoys time outdoors and being active with his wife, son, and daughter in Charleston, SC.

Harrison Kirk

Harrison Kirk

Harrison's Bio

Harrison Kirk is the Sr. Broker Relations Manager at Tivity Health where he leads broker strategy, growth, and communication.

Harrison is a member of Shadowmoss Country Club and volunteers as a youth sports coach. When he’s not golfing or fishing, he enjoys time with his wife and two children.

Cal Morrison

Cal Morrison

Cal's Bio

Cal was born in Charleston, SC, and grew up on the Eastside of Charleston, having attended Sanders-Clyde Elementary, C. A. Brown High School for two years, then transferring and graduating from Rivers High School in 1969. Upon high school graduation, he joined the US Air Force. After basic training, he was assigned to Security Police Training at Lakeland, AFB, Texas. He served four years, including a one year tour of Viet Nam with the 377th Security Police Squadron.

Upon discharge from the Air Force, he took advantage of the GI Bill by acquiring an Associate Degree from Trident Technical College and a BS Degree from the College of Charleston.

Upon college graduation, he joined the US Air Force Reserves, serving 29 years as an Avionics Repair Technician. He was activated twice during my 29 years of reservist service, and subsequently acquired an Associate Degree in Avionics System Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. He successfully completed studies at the Senior NCO Academy, Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Alabama.

His civilian career was service manager with Sonitrol Security System for over 25 years. Later in his career, he was area manager for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Charleston, responsible for two area club’s programming, downtown Charleston and the Old Village, Mt. Pleasant.

He is currently an Elder with the Charleston Youth Leadership Council, Inc., Beaux Affair Program (thebeauxaffair.org). He has mentored with the Beaux Affair Program 33 of the program’s 35 years of mentoring. The Beaux Affair Program is a leadership program mentoring high school junior and senior males.

He has served on the boards of the College of Charleston Alumni Association and the CofC Cougars Club.

In 2019 he was awarded the Youth Development Scroll of Honor from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Mu Alpha Chapter, the 2019 Lifetime Youth Mentoring Award from The Exchange Club of Charleston, the inaugural Lowcountry Youth Service 2020 Trailblazer Award and The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service signed by President Joe Biden.

He is retired, enjoying time with his wife, four grown children, grands and great-grands.

He believes that if we don’t guide our youth today, they will not be able to lead tomorrow!

Roger Newman

Roger Newman

Roger's Bio

Roger is a nationally known leader in Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves as Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Maas Endowed Chair for Reproductive Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. He grew up in Columbia, S.C. before attending Seton Hall University in New Jersey and then medical school at MUSC. Other than a two-year fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, he has spent his entire life and career in Charleston, South Carolina. He has enjoyed academic success with almost two hundred peer-reviewed scientific publications, a decade as a special editor for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and election as the national president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Roger is considered an expert on the care of women with multiple gestations and co-authored the award winning and successful When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads, 4th edition, published by HarperCollins.

Roger first became involved with the DAE Foundation more than 20 years ago when his daughter trained with Jermel President and went on to become an All-Region basketball player at the Academic Magnet High School. Jermel and Roger later worked together to provide a school-based, after-school community outreach program called OPTIONS which offered basketball skills training, educational assistance and nutritional advisories. He has personally witnessed the DAE Foundation positively influence young lives.

Beginning in 2014, Roger began writing fiction beginning with a series of Dr. Declan Murphy medical thrillers entitled Occam’s Razor, Two Drifters, and What Becomes. In 2021, he published a historical fiction novel about a Charleston- based Civil War blockade runner entitled Will O’ the Wisp: Madness, War, and Recompense. These novels were published by Moonshine Cove Publishing and W & B Publishers, respectively. Besides medicine and writing he remains involved as a high school basketball coach for 7 years at the Academic Magnet High School and is entering his second year at Charleston Collegiate School on John’s Island.

Renee Scott

Renee Scott

Renee's Bio

Renee Hamilton Scott, born and raised on the Westside of Charleston, South Carolina. She was educated in the public school system where she graduated from Burke High School in Vocational Studies. Renee later furthered her education at Strayer University where she majored in Accounting. She also received a Master’s Degree of Education in Biblical Studies at Rhema Bible College. Renee has over 20 years of experience working in the Accounting field and is currently employed with The City of Charleston as an Accountant. Renee serves on the Trustee Committee for W.O.R.D. Ministry Christian Center as the Bookkeeper.

During her spare time, she enjoys crafting, sewing, and customizing flower arrangements. While graduating with a degree in vocational studies; that afforded her skills that would carry her for the rest of her life. While learning those skills may not seem important to a lot; during the shutdown of 2020 due to the covid pandemic; those skills she learnt allowed her to keep food on her table. Renee believes all children should be offered this opportunity. 

Renee’s passion is helping others reach their highest potential.  She has served on different committees for many different organizations aiding the community. Her favorite spiritual quote states, “ Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6) Renee believes when you can humble yourself to enjoy serving, it will make you a great leader.



Casey Van Valkenburgh

Casey Van Valkenburgh

Casey's Bio

R. Casey Van Valkenburgh is an attorney at George Sink P.A. Injury Lawyers. He has dedicated his life to representing and fighting for people. Casey received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston (CofC). While attending CofC, he was the Captain and MVP of the Men’s tennis team. He received his JD from the University of South Carolina and Master of Laws degree from Washington University in St. Louis. In his spare time, Casey loves spending time with his wife, Jess, their two sons, Jack and Huddy, and Ziggy the Dog. He enjoys golf, tennis, and traveling.

Jason Walter

Jason Walter

Jason's Bio

Jason Walter, founder of National Land Realty, has extensive experience in both land development and land brokerage. From 2003-2007 he headed acquisitions for land development projects totaling more than $300 Million in 31 different states. This was accomplished while serving as Vice President of Business Development for RealtiCorp from 2003-2005, a South Carolina based commercial land developer and as Vice President of Heritage Green from 2005-2007, a Residential Land Development Company headquartered out of Australia.

In 2007 Walter founded Carolina Land Realty and by 2012, Jason expanded his vision by turning Carolina Land Realty into National Land Realty. National Land is a Land Brokerage with a national footprint. In 2022, National Land sold over $1.4 BILLION in land.

Mr. Walter holds BS and MA degrees from Clemson University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and Realtor Land Institute. He enjoys watching football at his Alma Mater, fishing at one of his favorite spots and spending time with his wife, Emily, and son, Rocco.

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