For the past century, an overwhelming majority of underprivileged minority kids living in urban and rural communities across America have looked to sports - rather than edcuation- as their way out. Despite the reality that degrees are infinitely more attainable than professional athletic contracts, many parents continue to place bets on their child becoming the next Lebron James. This dynamic has fostered a culture that encourages young African American students to prioritize athletics over schoolwork. Millions of our children grow up to become young adults that lack critical knowledge and fundamental skills that other children behold. As a result, our young adults can run a 40-yard dash, but they cannot balance a checkbook, exercise appropriate dinner etiquette, or successfully interview for a job. We have taught them how to succeed on the field, while forgetting to share a roadmap of how to succeed of the field. "Beyond The Field" is the beginning of that off the field roadmap. This first volume will teach students of all academic levels key skills which include: how to become financially literate, succeed in school and the workplace, and use the right processes in order to make sound decisions.