Former Gang Member and U.S. Army Veteran Empowers Communities with B.E.A.S.T. Mode™ Approach

Former Gang Member and U.S. Army Veteran Empowers Communities with B.E.A.S.T. Mode™ Approach
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In an inspiring journey from a troubled past to a transformative present, former gang member and U.S. Army veteran, Walter Chase, has developed a powerful concept called B.E.A.S.T. Mode™ that extends beyond the realm of athletics to touch on key aspects of life. In an exclusive interview, Walter Chase shared the inspiration behind this concept and its application in athletics, education, community, and home.

The roots of B.E.A.S.T. Mode™ traces back to a poem encountered during Walter Chase’s fraternity days at the University of Maryland. The acronym B.E.A.S.T. represents a shift in perspective, where each letter reflects a different aspect of life. Early struggles translated the B for belligerent, E for egotistical, A for arrogant, S for smoke screener, and T for target. A paradigm shift later in life transformed these into being blessed, encouraging, accountable, secure, and tenacious.

The B.E.A.S.T. Mode™ philosophy emphasizes coachability and the understanding that individuals are students first, athletes second. Serving the community becomes a vital component, and expressing gratitude to those who shaped our lives is key when applying these principles at home. The “See It Through” poem serves as a powerful tool to build connections and plant seeds for future growth.

Walter Chase emphasizes the importance of rhetoric and action, breaking down the words “grit” and “pride” to their core. Grit involves being a giver, staying relentless, setting intentions, and thinking strategically. Effectively applying these principles to personal goals and values becomes the foundation for success and growth.

Sharing a personal example, Chase recounts a pivotal moment in court that led to a life-changing decision. Choosing a military path, facing challenges head-on, and embodying the spirit of “See It Through” opened doors to new opportunities, showcasing the transformative power of resilience and determination.

Having served in the U.S. Army, Special Forces, and the 175th Infantry, Chase draws on discipline, effective leadership, and communication skills in mentoring teens and young adults. His leadership approach revolves around being a person of grace, setting an example, and emphasizing value over position.

Chase extends his B.E.A.S.T. Mode™ principles to corporate settings, focusing on mindset, expectations, and relationship building. Both B.E.A.S.T. Mode™ and “See It Through” contribute to building character, culture, and comradery in the workplace, ultimately driving results.

To connect with young audiences, Chase emphasizes meeting individuals where they are, sharing authentic stories, and creating opportunities for mutual sharing. His background as a former gang member and military service adds authenticity to his mentorship approach.

Affiliated with organizations like the Police Activities League (P.A.L.), Martial Artist Against Drugs (M.A.A.D.), and Soul River Runs Wild, Chase actively contributes to community welfare. These affiliations align with the overall mission of Fighting Chance, providing people with a fighting chance and creating positive impacts on the communities served.

Walter Chase’s journey from adversity to empowerment stands as a testament to the transformative potential within every individual, inspiring communities to embrace a B.E.A.S.T. Mode™ mindset and see challenges through to a brighter future.



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