Goals For Life, Executive Director, Reginald “Reggie” Berry was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota one of five future athletes. Reggie’s older brother played football for USC and his youngest brother, for the Pittsburgh Steelers. As the consummate high school athlete Reggie led his football, baseball, and track teams to state championships and received ‘All Conference’ awards in football and basketball.
Reggie was offered an academic scholarship to New York City College but chose to accept a full athletic scholarship at Iowa State University as well as Arizona Western Junior College and California State University at Long Beach, where he made “All Conference” as a defensive back.
Reggie played professional football for the San Diego Chargers, where he received numerous special team awards. After three years with the Chargers, Reggie was traded to the Denver Broncos, later playing in the World Football League and Canada before injuries forced him into retirement.
After returning to school and receiving a degree in sociology and while seeking a teaching credential in Social Science, Reggie taught goal-setting to migrant students. Encouraged by the Executive Director of the NFL Retired Players Association, Reggie founded a new intercept program called Goals For Life, that’s directed at all students of any class or ethnicity. Reggie has been Executive Director of Goals For Life for 22 years.
Reggie sits on the Board of Directors of L. A. CADA (Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol & Drug Abuse), The Board of Trustees for Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital, The Board of the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and Scholars Learning Academy.
Reggie is a past member of The Board of Directors of Total Football Network (TFN), The Human Relations Committee of the Southern Section of the C.I.F., The Board of Trustees, The Union Rescue Mission
Reggie is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the NFL Players Association.
In 1998 Reggie received the Southern California Inter-Scholastic Federation John Wooden Award presented by John Wooden and the 1998 Freedom Award presented at the Washington Press Club by Freedom Magazine for his work and dedication to youth.
In 2002 Reggie received the Eureka Los Angeles Fellowship Award---In recognition of Dedication, Commitment and Community service.
Goals For Life received the 2005 Charity Of The Year Award presented by Sports Mavericks, Smart Talk For Parents and Athletes.
In 2006, Executive Director, Reggie Berry was awarded the AMFML Inspirational Award by the Aquatic Foundation of Metropolitan Los Angeles for his work with children through Goals For Life.
In 2007 Reggie Berry received The Teachers Making A Difference Award at the 2007 Cherry Blossom Festival of Southern California held in Los Angeles, CA.
The Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (LA CADA), honored Reggie Berry for his work for youth with the Youth Inspiration Award at their First Annual Gala and Awards Dinner celebrating compassion, courage, and hope on Saturday June 5th, 2010.