A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Aaron Shelby was recruited to the University of Illinois where he played as a linebacker for the Fighting Illini football team. Aaron was also a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, and a member of the first Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and earned a master’s degree in School Counseling from Butler University.
With a unique gift to inspire across cultures, Aaron’s work has included counseling adolescents, coaching, and preaching in one of the most violent and impoverished neighborhoods in the nation. He is the Co-Founder of a leadership development program aimed at supporting minority high school students to pursue high academic achievement and challenge them to influence their peers to do the same.
As a consultant and speaker, Aaron Shelby brings an uncommon level of both breadth and depth to his work. Having also served in the US Army, where he was honored as “The Soldier Leader of the Cycle” and received the Army’s Meritorious Service Award in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Aaron’s perspective is invaluable.
Young men appreciate Aaron’s authenticity and approachability, and staff, coaches, and parents respect that he brings such a depth of wisdom and perspective.
In addition to being a consultant for Prevention Culture’s player development curriculum and training, Aaron provides specialized consulting and speaking programs for men’s football programs, and men’s development programs for all male student-athletes.
Aaron is married to the former Beth Diehl of Indianapolis, IN, a Southern Illinois University standout volleyball player and high school girls volleyball head coach. They are the proud parents of two inquisitive and humorous children, Xavier and Isaac.