OUR STORY

Dream Chasers Reached

2006

In May, Stephen Vaughn lost his father to a fight with cancer shortly after graduating college and entering his teaching career.

 

2008

While teaching at an elementary school on the outskirts of Charlotte, NC, Stephen recognized an avenue to channel his pain and passion.

2009

Work began to develop a first curriculum.

2011

The program shifted from a summer camp option to an after school option when a scripted curriculum was finalized. On June 21, Xcel 2 Fitness was officially formed and that fall launched in 3 elementary schools, serving boys in 3rd-5th grade.

2013

Xcel 2 Fitness had expanded into multiple states and impact was growing. To meet growth and mission objectives, Xcel 2 Fitness filed to be a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

2015

On January 7, Xcel 2 Fitness International was declared a fully accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

2018

Xcel 2 Fitness launched its 10th chapter, further spreading the impact across the nation.

2019

Xcel 2 Fitness switched their name to Dream Chasers to better display the heart and mission of the organization. This change also created the needed pathway for program development that included girls, community participation at DCC events, and simply made a way for the organization to make an even greater impact on kids across the nation.