The We Got Next Foundation serves youth in the Siouxland Area: Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota,
and North East Nebraska providing a positive impact on less fortunate area youth.
WGN provides opportunities through sports camps; provides sports equipment; nutritional needs;
sport specific training and uplifting experiences to motivate Siouxland youth to succeed.
About the Founders
Jeff Carlson & Dustin Cooper are no strangers to Siouxland or Siouxland Athletics. Both men are products of the Sioux City Community School District and Siouxland Athletics. Carlson and Cooper were born and raised in Siouxland and are both products of the Sioux City Community School District. & Morningside College. As teammates on the basketball court for East High & Morningside College, Carlson and Cooper experienced a great deal of success on and off the court with tremendous guidance from their coaches, teachers and administrators.
When Cooper graduated in 1999, he accepted an offer to play college basketball for Morningside College. Two years later, Carlson found his way back home after playing one year at Buena Vista University; he joined Cooper on the Morningside basketball team. The two enjoyed their time playing together for the Mustangs. In 2004, Carlson made a tough decision to take a coveted internship position in Orlando, FL at Disney, thus finishing his degree at Morningside. Cooper finished up at Morningside as captain of the 2005 GPAC championship team. Both earned Bachelor’s Degrees; Carlson in Business and Cooper in Secondary English Education.
Carlson began his professional career at BPI/Two Rivers where he spent 11 years serving as the Assistant Director of Sales & Marketing. He also chaired the North American Meat Institute’s Marketing and Communications committee for three years. After great success creating and building nationally prominent brands, Jeff founded EPIC Consulting Group and sits as the Owner/CEO. Jeff also serves as Vice President of Operations for Blue Ox. He continues to play an active role in mentoring youth in the Siouxland Community. He is married to wife, Rachel and has a son, Cade who are all passionate about having a positive impact on the youth in the community.
Upon graduating from Morningside in 2005, Cooper moved to Arizona where he taught English and was a head varsity boys’ basketball coach for a 5A school of over 3000 students. He was an active member of the community and was a co-founder & Director of the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association. While in Arizona, Cooper earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. In July of 2015 he was called to move back home with his wife, Gretchen (East ’97) and three children: Cali Grace, Caroline and Camden. The Cooper’s love Sioux City and are excited about the opportunity to give back to the community that built their foundation.
In 2017, along with friend, Mike Hesse, the three (Hesse, Carlson, Cooper) formed HCC Enterprises and intend on building THE ARENA, a sports complex that will house sports academies, events, strength training, character training and other opportunities for area youth. THE ARENA will serve as home to the WE GOT NEXT FOUNDATION.
The duo are products of their upbringing and community. They created the We Got Next Foundation to honor those that came before them in order to leave a legacy for those that come after them.
Free Basketball Camps
Each year, the We Got Next Foundation offers a FREE basketball camp to any Boy or Girl going into grades 3-8th. Each camper is provided with a free t-shirt and lunch courtesy of our generous sponsors along with access to a guest speaker (speaking on nutrition and character)
The WGN basketball camp is unique in that most skill stations are manned with former or current college/pro basketball players from the Siouxland Area!
Through fundraising efforts, the camp is FREE to all Siouxland youth in grades 3-8th.
WGN Sponsor Program
Each year, the WGN Foundation, through fundraising efforts, is able to provide a handful of Siouxland Youth need-based sponsorships.
A Sponsorship includes financial assistance in providing the following: sports camps fees, groceries, school supplies and access to a nutritionist and sport specific trainers/Character Training for a 1-year period (1 year will automatically be renewed until graduating from high school) provided the student has a 90% attendance rate in school, passing grades, & has not been in trouble with the law.
To recommend a student for a sponsorship, please click on this link:
Sponsor Recommendation Form
Once completed, please scan and email to: WeGotNextFoundations@gmail.com
The We Got Next Foundation (“WGN”), was formed to serve youth in Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota, North East Nebraska (the “Siouxland Area”). (Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota, North East Nebraska). The Mission/Purpose of the We Got Next Foundation is to have provide a positive impact on less fortunate Siouxland Area youth by providing opportunities through sports camp, providing sports equipment, nutritional needs, sport specific training and uplifting experiences to motivate Siouxland youth to succeed.
To better support this Mission, the We Got Next Foundation makes general donations to community organizations that support the WGN Mission! If you are a community organization, school or individual that would like to apply for a general donation to your mission, please fill out the following
General Donation Fillable Form
Once completed email to: WeGotNextFoundations@gmail.com