His high school business project theoretically solved this problem - providing a pathway for those in the US to easily and affordably attain proper soccer gear. It was his class teacher who challenged him to turn his passion into a profession.
Mike’s family - with special help from his brother, Brendan (now COO of Sports Endeavors) - would band together to help make his idea a reality. A season of work in the summer would lead to a season of success in the fall, as Moylan’s dream of giving stateside soccer players access to the game’s best gear became a reality in the form of the Eurosport catalog. It first shipped with 24 pages of goods to a mailing list of 6,000 people.
From high school project to three full-time employees and a small 900-square foot office space in Durham, Mike’s idea had gone from grade school assignment to lifelong endeavor.
A new home & a new cause
Eurosport was proving to be a success, and some seven years later in 1991, the team had outgrown its humble space in Durham and sought an upgrade. Sports Endeavors would transition to their present-day location in Hillsborough in this year.
1991 proved to be eventful for more than just the move, however - it was during this time that the company stretched its reach into charitable endeavors. A small donation of lightly used soccer gear to a friend working overseas in the American Peace Corps gave way to an entire new branch of purpose for the business. A formalized structure would soon follow, along with a name - Passback. The Passback Program seeks to “pass back” new and lightly used soccer equipment to underserved communities and organizations in need.
Like Eurosport, Passback would grow, and in 2002 would partner with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to further expand its giving capabilities. To date, Passback has collected and redistributed more than 1.1 million pieces of gently-used cleats, balls and equipment to players in need around the globe.
Sports Endeavors Today
In 1984, the company had three full-time employees. Today there are more than 400 full-time staffers and over 300 part-time and seasonal workers. While the company has evolved and grown, Mike and Brendan are still at the helm and Sports Endeavors continues to be a team united by an unwavering dedication to service and a passion for sport.
“While we don't get into the starting lineup as often as we once did, we are as passionate as ever about promoting the sport and remain a business made up of players, diehard fans, and supporters just like you.”
- Mike & Brendan Moylan
In 1991, we started the Passback Program, an effort to provide new and lightly-used soccer equipment to underserved communities both stateside and around the world. In 2002, we partnered with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to expand that reach even further and to date Passback has collected and redistributed more than 1.1 million pieces of gently used cleats, balls and equipment to players in need around the globe.