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Who We Are

Compete 360 is a small and innovative non-profit organization founded by Garry Maddox, a businessman and former Gold Glove centerfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies.  Garry volunteers his time as president of Compete 360.  

Garry's commitment to giving back to the greater Philadelphia community began shortly after he was traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Phillies, when he responded to a request to visit a child in treatment at Children's Seashore House (now part of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia).  

Supporting the education and development of urban youth became a priority for Garry after his retirement from Major League Baseball.  Shortly after purchasing an office furniture dealership in 1995, he focused his attention on developing an academic support and enrichment program for city youth.  He launched his first program in 1997 under the auspices of an existing 501(c)3 organization and three years later established his own non-profit to carry out his philanthropic mission.  

Compete 360 advances that mission by helping teachers use design thinking in their classrooms to promote student engagement and develop students' critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. 

Learn more about Compete 360's Design Thinking Philadelphia initiative