IGNITE GENERATIONAL CYCLES OF HOPE

ABOUT US
RELEVANT | REACHABLE | REAL
We are a movement of athletes, coaches, and extreme overcomers
whose voices offer relevant experience and inspire reachable hope.
Our unique approach invites the practical application of
universal championship principles to ignite real transformation.
IGNITE YOU FIRST
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WORK WITH US
OUR UNIQUE APPROACH
RELEVANT | REACHABLE | REAL
RAPPORT
"The love of sport, it's a language everybody understands."
~ Honey Thaljieh ~
RELEVANT
Compassionate accountability delivered through overcomers whose voices carry relevant experience
REACHABLE
Authenticity, transparency, and vulnerability that breeds connection and inspires reachable hope
REAL
Real people. Real hardship.
Real mistakes. Real redemption.
Real transformation.
RELATIONSHIP
"Show me your friends, and I'll show you your future."
~ Unknown ~
MEET OUR LEADERS
Ignite U1 reflects the random convergence of two paths of opposite origin. One is lined with decades of impact, the other with life's harshest storms. They share not only a profound friendship but a unique determination
to break cycles of trauma and ignite generational cycles of hope.
OPPOSITE ORIGINS | SHARED DETERMINATION

Judy Fox
Founder and President, Ignite International, Inc.
Judy is the face of Ignite International, Inc. and the primary voice of the brand. She brings 30+ years of global impact through sport, evidenced by her induction to four halls of fame. Her expertise in coaching and mentorship complements an innate ability to personalize the application of championship principles for audiences across all walks of life. For Judy's full bio, click here.
Katie Phipps
Director of Strategy, Ignite U1
With her journey of enduring hope featured by Dateline NBCandKiller Affair - Oxygen Network, Katie is the inspiration behind Ignite U1. She brings more than three decades of relevant experience to our program content and team growth. Katie's journey is the evidence that purpose is sometimes discovered through life's darkest steps. For Katie's full bio, click here.
I can see the perfect partnership where you're (Judy) bringing the universal language of sport and then she's (Katie) carrying the spirit of hope. And then together through Ignite U1, you're going to help break those cycles!"
Sharon Braxton ~ Associate Producer and Host ~ Makeup Lessons For Life
MEET OUR
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
"What you wish to ignite in others must first burn within yourself." ~ Aurelius Augustinus ~
30-year global impact | Four-time hall of fame inductee
Judy Fox
A former NCAA Division I volleyball coach, Judy Fox's global impact is evidenced by her induction to four halls of fame: East Stroudsburg Area School District Meritorious Hall of Fame, ESASD Athletic Hall of Fame (team), Houghton College Hall of Honor, National Christian College Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Judy's fingerprint extends across generations, cultures, beliefs, and nationalities. She has trained leaders of national teams, international sports federations, Olympic committees, and youth development and community influencers in more than a dozen nations to utilize the universal language of sport to empower tomorrow's leaders.

Judy's impact is notable in the USA, Nicaragua, Cuba, Liberia, the Holy Land, Jamaica, and Russia, to name a few. She has received service awards from the Nicaragua Volleyball Federation, the Bethlehem Committee of the Palestinian Volleyball Federation, the American Heritage Academy Service Award. Additionally, the United States Army recognized Judy's leadership with a Certificate of Appreciation, and that same evening named its outbound flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Kuwait "Operation Ignite" to honor Ignite's support of the DFW Military Personnel Assistance Point.

Judy's dedication to "impact through relationship" has uniquely positioned Ignite International as a trusted visionary partner to the Nicaragua Volleyball Federation, Nicaragua Olympic Committee, Jamaica Basketball Federation, sports leadership and youth development agencies in the Holy Land, and numerous values-based NGOs. Judy speaks for athletic, leadership, and empowerment engagements including the Ziglar Monday Morning Devotional, a weekly gathering of business and motivational professionals hosted by Ziglar, Inc. in Dallas, TX. Her unique ability to connect with audiences of all contexts ignites hope that is relevant, reachable, and real.

"In a world of compromise and decaying moral standards, it is refreshing when you come across an individual who has dedicated her life to living at a standard that is high enough for others to look up to, but close enough for them to reach."
Keith and Sara Davis
Former NFL Athlete | 4th Runner-Up Mrs. Texas 2019

Judy Fox
President and Founder | Ignite International, Inc.

To hear Judy's full story at Makeup Lessons For Life Podcast, click here.
MEET OUR
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY

"The paradox of trauma is that is has both the power to destroy and the power to transform and resurrect."
~ Peter Levine ~
2021 Wynner of the Year | Featured on Dateline NBC and Oxygen Network
Katie Phipps
Raised in a fatherless home with her only consistent mentors the harsh trio of trauma, trial, and error, Katie Phipps personifies the power to overcome. As her mother strove through severe addiction and alcoholism, Katie endured unrelenting trauma. As a teen, while her peers prepared for college, Katie prepared to raise her second child. In her twenties, life went for the jugular as Katie was wrongfully charged with a significant crime. She spent 15 months in jail insistent of her innocence until evidence the prosecution was sure would lead to her conviction, instead reversed course. The truth would not be denied. Katie was released.

This chapter of life, though excruciating, brought Katie to an intersection with purpose and birthed a new future. Just over four years removed from that jail cell, though having dropped out of school in junior high, Katie broke a generational barrier as the first person in her family line to earn a college diploma. She holds a degree in Legal Studies and aspires to affect societal change through the field of criminal defense. The prosecutor who could have determined the length of her days has not only emphatically and very publicly apologized but has also offered compelling support toward her aspirations.

Katie's case has been featured by Dateline NBC and Killer Affair - Oxygen Network.

The epitome of a life redeemed, Katie is the inspiration behind Ignite U1 (a.k.a. Ignite You First). Her personal experiences offer strategic relevance. But it is her authenticity that leaves an undeniable impact and her compassion a residue of hope. Katie is a captivating communicator cased within the beauty of gracious strength. She is the evidence of the paradox, choosing resurrection rather than accepting fate as a statistic.

On June 1, 2021 Ignite International proudly announced Katie as the 2021 Wynner of the Year. Katie is the inaugural honoree for this highest annual signature award, a component of Ignite's Lori Wynn Legacy Plan.

"Katie's story is not a black or white story nor a male or female story. It is a human story."
Noble Crawford, Jr.
Co-Founder, HOPE Farm

Katie Phipps
Director of Strategy | Ignite U1

To hear Katie's full story at Makeup Lessons For Life Podcast, click here.
THIS IS OUR STORY
"It's as randomly divine as it is divinely random."
~ Judy Fox ~
The same grace that saves one keeps another.
In 2003, Ignite International set out on a mission to ignite generational cycles of hope one life at a time through the universal language of sport. In more than a dozen nations, Ignite collaborates with Olympic Committees, national sports federations, education and social influencers, and values-based NGOs. Yet our Founder sensed there is more to be and to do. The answer was introduced one Friday night in April 2018 as a stranger walked off her television screen and into the heart of Ignite through an episode of Dateline NBC.
This is our Story...
Click for Judy and Katie's full podcast episodes, or visit MakeUp Lessons For Life.
Audio is used with permission from, and our gratitude to, Legacy Films Development, Inc.
copyright 2020 ~ all rights reserved
MEET OUR DFW TEAM
"An individual can make a difference. A team can make a miracle." ~ Doug Pederson | Superbowl Champion ~
There will be many. There will never again be a first.
ADRYNA
Ignite U1 Team DFW
Former Collegiate Basketball Athlete
Visionary and Author |
The Fluttering Fuse
CASSANDRA
Ignite U1 Team DFW | VIP Partner
Elementary Education Professional
Founder ~ The Phoenix Provision

JAMES
Ignite U1 Team DFW Captain
All-American Athlete | 2 Halls of Fame
Motivational Speaker
Your BluePrint Life

JOHNIE
Ignite U1 Team DFW
Former Collegiate Football Athlete
"Harmonie Johnie" | "Mr. Sell Your Home"

MYLAN
Ignite U1 Team DFW
Collegiate Basketball Athlete
Academic Major ~ Behavioral Science
TROUPE
Ignite U1 Team DFW
Ice Hockey and Tennis Athlete
Academic Major ~ Sports Management

IN PROGRESS
Ignite U1 Team DFW
An overcomer dedicated to the authenticity that inspires reachable hope
And to think, some of life's best stories haven't even begun.
~ Anonymous ~