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Tate was a selfless-leader who had a contagious love for life.  He loved others fiercely – his family, friends, his teammates, and classmates. Tate was kind, thoughtful, and genuine to the core. His pursuit to earn your trust was unrivaled. His loyalty, especially to his close-knit family, was unparalleled. He left an unforgettable and inspiring impression with everyone he met. 

Tate was driven beyond compare in his work ethic academically and athletically. He had a tireless internal grit to push the pace and become the best version of himself in all facets of life.  His example inspired others to challenge their own limitations. He was a stellar athlete who was a two-time wrestling state qualifier and an outstanding football player with a collegiate future ahead of him. While Tate will most definitely be remembered for his athletic ability, his legacy will live on because of the incredible content of his character. Tate was a teammate who everyone liked being around. He always put the team and others before himself. 

 Tate was wise beyond his years. One of the things that he will be most remembered for was his mentorship and dedication to those younger than him whether in the classroom, on the field, on the mat or the local training facility ETS. 

42 Strong was created to carry on the legacy Tate Myre started during his short life with us. 

Tate lost his life along with three other students on 11/30/2021 by a teen who had been failed by every person in his life. If that teen had had a mentor, if someone had been there there to help draw attention to his red flags, redirect him on a positive path and give him a purpose – 11/30 would have been avoided.

Science has shown us that the youth in grades 7-9 are at the highest risk. Their self identity no longer develops based on feedback from family, but instead forms primarily on feedback from their peers. Then, it is reinforced daily by social media, movies and video games. 

By focusing on our community, teaching the youth to be selfless, focusing on what we have in common, giving them a sense of purpose, and laying out the 12 Tate Traits as a road map, we are helping to make a positive impact on the generations ahead.

WE’RE HEADING TOWARD A BRIGHTER FUTURE.

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Tate was a selfless-leader who had a contagious love for life.  He loved others fiercely – his family, friends, his teammates, and classmates. Tate was kind, thoughtful, and genuine to the core. His pursuit to earn your trust was unrivaled. His loyalty, especially to his close-knit family, was unparalleled. He left an unforgettable and inspiring impression with everyone he met. 

Tate was driven beyond compare in his work ethic academically and athletically. He had a tireless internal grit to push the pace and become the best version of himself in all facets of life.  His example inspired others to challenge their own limitations. He was a stellar athlete who was a two-time wrestling state qualifier and an outstanding football player with a collegiate future ahead of him. While Tate will most definitely be remembered for his athletic ability, his legacy will live on because of the incredible content of his character. Tate was a teammate who everyone liked being around. He always put the team and others before himself. 

Tate was wise beyond his years. One of the things that he will be most remembered for was his mentorship and dedication to those younger than him whether in the classroom, on the field, on the mat or the local training facility ETS. 

42 Strong was created to carry on the legacy Tate Myre started during his short life with us. 

Tate lost his life along with three other students on 11/30/2021 by a teen who had been failed by every person in his life. If that teen had had a mentor, if someone had been there there to help draw attention to his red flags, redirect him on a positive path and give him a purpose – 11/30 would have been avoided.

Science has shown us that the youth in grades 7-9 are at the highest risk. Their self identity no longer develops based on feedback from family, but instead forms primarily on feedback from their peers. Then, it is reinforced daily by social media, movies and video games. 

By focusing on our community, teaching the youth to be selfless, focusing on what we have in common, giving them a sense of purpose, and laying out the 12 Tate Traits as a road map, we are helping to make a positive impact on the generations ahead.

WE’RE HEADING TOWARD A BRIGHTER FUTURE.

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Buck Myre & Scott Claxton had dreamed of starting a mentorship program for the youth in their communities, but never imagined it would be because of the death of one of their children. While the reason for starting the organization may have changed, their drive and desire to lead the community on a path of positivity, hard work and accountability has not. 

Both of them and the 42 Strong board jumped in with both feet to get the organization up and running. They met with experts in many fields to determine how to develop and create a mentorship program and after a few short months, were able to launch their dream.
After launch in May of 2022, 42 Strong has already made an impact in the community. Mentors and mentees have formed a friendship and bond they would not have had without 42 Strong. They are active in the community, building trust with their peers, and gaining a sense of purpose.

The board

The board

Buck Myre

President & Executive Director

Buck Myre is Tate Myre’s father and the leader of 42 Strong. He lives in Oxford, MI with his wife Sheri, and his sons Trent and Ty.

Buck is passionate about helping the youth in our program achieve their goals and lead successful lives, no matter what that means to them.  He doesn’t expect everyone to become a leader, but he does expect everyone to do their best to be a good person and to hold themselves accountable for their actions. His goal is for 42 Strong to grow so that every youth in the world knows that they have a community to reach out to during hard times.Buck obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration degree from Northwood University.

Scott Claxton

Vice President & Program Director

Scott Claxton is an entrepreneur with experience founding and growing businesses. He has a passion for helping others set and achieve their goals. Additionally, he has coached youth sports for 18 years and is a PSIA certified ski instructor. As a long time friend of the Myre family, he and Buck had dreamed about starting a mentorship program, although they had expected different circumstances. When 42 Strong came to be, Scott jumped in immediately to help. He is the driving force behind our mentorship program. Scott lives in Ortonville, MI with his wife and children.

Trent Myre

Marketing & Fundraising Director

Trent Myre is Tate’s brother and is currently attending Oakland University and working towards his Bachelor’s of Business Administration. He is currently the Director of Operations at ETS Performance in Oxford where he works with the youth athletes in the Oxford community Trent is passionate about carrying on his brother’s legacy through 42 Strong. He runs a majority of the fundraising efforts and social media content for 42 Strong.

Joel McCormick

Treasurer & Operations Director

Joel has a long background at Senior Levels in Consumer Products as well as Non Profit Organizations. He has a passion for coaching and mentoring people of all ages. His greatest reward is helping others enhance their performance and develop into future leaders. 

He and Kim live in Oxford and have 2 Boys both married and 2 Grandkids.

Ty Myre

Training Manager

Ty Myre is Tate’s brother and a recent Oxford High School graduate. He is a driving force behind the mentorship training program that is required of all incoming Mentors. Ty volunteers with the youth in the community through various sports and assists the special needs children in the Oxford school district during the school year. Ty is humble and caring, he is always willing to help wherever help is needed.

Our mission

is to create a better future by helping students develop a greater sense of 

We provide an unmatched peer-to-peer mentoring program based on the consistency, caring and humble confidence Tate Myre displayed during his life.

The board

Buck Myre

President & Executive Director

Buck Myre is Tate Myre’s father and the leader of 42 Strong. He lives in Oxford, MI with his wife Sheri, and his sons Trent and Ty.

Buck is passionate about helping the youth in our program achieve their goals and lead successful lives, no matter what that means to them.  He doesn’t expect everyone to become a leader, but he does expect everyone to do their best to be a good person and to hold themselves accountable for their actions. His goal is for 42 Strong to grow so that every youth in the world knows that they have a community to reach out to during hard times.Buck obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration degree from Northwood University.

Zach Line

Vice President Events Director & Team Leader Co-Manager

Zach Line is a former NFL player, the Varsity Football Head Coach for Oxford High School (OHS) and co-owner of ETS Sports Performance. He lives in Oxford, MI with his wife McKenzie and their four children. Zach coached Tate while he played for OHS. He believes that anything is achievable as long as you are willing to put in the effort.Zach obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Southern Methodist University.zach.line@42strongtate.org

Joel McCormick

Treasurer & Operations Director

Joel has a long background at Senior Levels in Consumer Products as well as Non Profit Organizations. He has a passion for coaching and mentoring people of all ages. His greatest reward is helping others enhance their performance and develop into future leaders.

He and Kim live in Oxford and have 2 Boys both married and 2 Grandkids.

Jenna Elling

Secretary, Communications Director & Event Manager

Jenna Elling is a hard-working individual who is willing to learn anything. She embodies the Tate Trait “Teachable” by always being open to suggestions and learning new things. She lives in Oxford, MI with her husband, Aaron, and their children. 

Scott Claxton

Program Director

Scott Claxton is Buck Myre’s best friend. Together they dreamed about starting a mentorship program but under different circumstances. When 42 Strong started, Scott jumped in immediately to help. He is the driving force behind our mentorship program. Scott lives in Ortonville, MI with his wife and children.

Trent Myre

Fundraising & Public Relations Director

Trent Myre is Tate’s brother and is currently attending Oakland University and working towards his Bachelor’s of Business Administration. Trent is a coach for the Oxford High School wrestling team and does the strength and conditioning for Oxford’s High School’s football team. Trent is passionate about carrying on his brother’s legacy through 42 Strong. He runs a majority of the fundraising efforts and social media content for 42 Strong.

Ty Myre

Training Manager

Ty Myre is Tate’s brother and a recent Oxford High School graduate. He is a driving force behind the mentorship training program that is required of all incoming Mentors. Ty volunteers with the youth in the community through various sports and assists the special needs children in the Oxford school district during the school year. Ty is humble and caring, he is always willing to help wherever help is needed.

Our mission

is to create a better future by helping students develop a greater sense of 

We provide an unmatched peer-to-peer mentoring program based on the consistency, caring and humble confidence Tate Myre displayed during his life.