(Los Angeles) – What do you do when your child has the chance to earn a Division 1 scholarship? Askia Taylor answered this question when she helped her son navigate the high-stakes Division 1 recruiting process and built a brand and platform - The Future of D1 – to help others do the same.

The Future of D1 - - offers multiple solutions including a web-based course to help athletes, their families, coaches and trainers identify where a student-athlete is in the process and offers insights into what they could be doing to improve their chances of playing college sports at the highest level – Division 1.

“Our mission is to fuel, ignite and inspire amateur athletes and the people who support them in their pursuit of playing college sports,” said Askia Taylor, Founder and CEO of The Future of D1.

“When my son received his first offer, I had no idea what the next steps were. We were excited but we didn’t know what to do next,” said Taylor, a single mother of three boys. “I didn’t know anything about the NCAA organizationally so I went to their website and read their ‘Consolidated Financial Statement’. They’re astronomical. I was shook. Those numbers changed everything.”

The Future of D1 was formally launched as a sports content company in 2017, having really taken hold since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s current offering includes their main website - - where athletes can create profiles (the brand shares submissions on their social media channels) - The Future of D1 Courses - which has seen a 1,312% uptick in traffic since March; a podcast – The Future of Division 1 - an unapologetic look at the college recruiting process featuring discussions with college and professional athletes, trainers and coaches. “I wanted to give student-athletes the opportunity to engage in the process and proclaim ownership of their experience in it,” she added. “Anyone who competes at a high level must believe in themselves first and foremost and have a support system to back them up.”

With a professional background in advertising and marketing, Taylor saw opportunity in the apparel category and launched two collections in August - – offering trendy clothes for kids who love to play including infant rompers, toddler and kids t-shirts, and the brand’s affirmation “I AM the Future of D1”, for adult’s a high-end take on athletic wardrobe staples for the flyest, the fittest and the fastest on and off the field’ featuring coordinated crewneck sweatshirts and t-shirts, ranging in color from grey and navy blue to mauve and longhorn orange. There is audience outreach on Facebook:, Instagram: and Twitter:

The Future of D1 is gaining market traction from a fast-growing audience, with feedback coming from all facets of the recruiting process (that) has been immensely positive!” Taylor said. “We've had a lot of interest from other professionals wanting to get in behind-the-scenes.”

If Taylor has her way, the little start-up will grow into an industry powerhouse.

“Our ultimate goal is to build and leverage the first Black-owned brand, sports content company and social movement for athletes,” she said. “With parents looking for ways to pay college tuition, athletes (and parents) looking for ways to improve their chances of earning a D1 scholarship, the future of our company is SO BRIGHT!”


Updated: Oct 2, 2020

In a year that has done more taking than giving, founding a company for dreamers and future shapers has been no easy feat. As life has become more challenging for athletes on and off the field, our Founder gathered every single tool, resource and experience she had as the parent of a Division I athlete and poured them into The Future of D1 - a brand, sports content company and personal declaration fueling, igniting and inspiring amateur athletes and the people who support them in their pursuit of Division I scholarship opportunities.

The disruption of sports as we know it caused by the global pandemic has likely shifted the landscape of college recruiting forevermore. And with college admissions scandals being played out in court, we believe it is imperative we alleviate the desperation caused by the lack of public-facing information on college recruiting. The Future of D1 works to solve this problem by providing parents and their athletes with resources to improve their chances of playing college sports.

Parents, believe it or not, the Division I recruiting process starts with you. If your child's best path to college is through sports, and you're looking for insights, messaging and content to help you improve their chances of playing at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics (Division 1), we're here for you.

This video answers the 5Ws on The Future of D1 including our outlook on the future of college sports and why you should start preparing the recruiting process as early as possible.

We invite you join us everywhere we are. Our 2020 launches include the following:

Our Online Course:

"I believe athletics (no matter the sport) is a vehicle that can positively change the trajectory of a child's life and future. Anyone who is serious about leveraging their athletic talent into a scholarship opportunity, whether they're in the 4th, 6th grade or 9th grade, should start preparing for the college recruiting process today!", Askia Taylor shared in a recent interview about the launch of The Future of D1's first course, 'My Child Wants to Play College Sports. Where Do We Start?'.

Use promo code: IAMTHEFUTUREOFD1 to take the course for only $97 (a savings of $1,400). In this course, our Founder guides you through what the college recruiting process is, what you should be doing to improve your child's chances of playing college sports by grade, attracting college coaches, NCAA eligibility and so much more. As a bonus, you will also receive our 9th-12th Grade Academic Planning Guides to help athletes Stay on Track for NCAA Eligibility at no additional cost.

Our Podcast: Launched in April of 2020, The Future of Division 1 provides an unapologetic, behind-the-scenes look at all facets of the high stakes Division 1 recruiting process. We chat with, and about, athletes, their parents, coaches, trainers and the supporters assisting in their journey to go play a Division 1 sport. Find out what it takes to become the Future of Division 1 sports and find out why no two paths to a Division I scholarship are alike. Available on all platforms.

Our Brand: For the flyest, the fittest, the fastest and everyone in between. The Future of D1 curates limited-edition apparel collections for fans of high-quality athleisure. Featuring a modern, refreshed approach to athletic wardrobe staples, the collection lives at the intersection of sports, fashion and culture. Proudly made in the USA, eco-friendly and 100% sweatshop free. The collection will relaunch in the Spring of 2021 with their new infant and kid's collection launching late Fall 2020.

We have no plans of letting up. Don't you let up either. Keep your foot on the gas. No matter how grim the future may appear, remain steadfast in achieving your goal of representing the college of your dreams on the field, court, pool or floor. In it with you all the way.


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