Dwayne Sanders is a north Knoxville native who grew up on Branner Street, within walking distance of where Emerald Youth Foundation would one day be launched.
He is a Fulton High School alumnus and graduate of Maryville College, where he earned his bachelor's degree in history and played football and tennis. It was through sports, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and his close friendship with Steve Diggs that Dwayne came to know Christ.
Following college, he worked for Great Smoky Mountain Council - Boy Scouts of America and then joined FCA Knoxville as a campus director, where he's since invested more than two decades in ministry with young people.
In 2013, Dwayne began serving directly with Emerald Youth as FCA Knoxville's urban director/Emerald Youth Sports director. The collaboration allows for a blend of campus and community ministry right in the heart of Knoxville.
Dwayne doesn't view his role with Emerald Youth and FCA Knoxville as just a job – it is a calling. He is dedicated to sharing the gospel with young people, while also ensuring sports are implemented with excellence.
He and his wife Lisa have two children, Madison and Baylor. On the rare occasion Dwayne is not running a practice or game, you'll find him downing a Mountain Dew while watching "Braveheart," "The Shawshank Redemption" or "Seinfeld."