About Us

We've been in town since 2007, so rest assured that our staff has the experience and helpfulness youth relate to.  Developed by Coach Steven Korbel, Character Nation™ has delivered leadership skills and community awareness programs since 2007, helping more than 300 athletes.


  • Team Building and Camaraderie
  • Player Incentives
  • Motivational Speaking
  • Community Awareness Initiatives
  • Leadership Responsibilities
  • Reputation Building for HS & College

CNATION's Success Stories

Over 7,500 toys and gifts donated since 2008

I know what you're thinking, I've been there 100 times before. You're thinking, "There's just no way and organization does this year after year with a new class of families and players are kids grow older." Well, we make it happen and we thank everyone that has ever helped for their effort.


Presidential Service Awards and Milestones

It's always a pleasure to help student athletes and people that volunteer to help others, consistently, receive recognition for their energy, insight and hard work.  Character Nation, under the tutelage of Steven J. Korbel, has helped Prospects' Travel Baseball reach this milestone since 2008.  President Bush and President Obama have issued letters on behalf of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program to the organization since 2008.  In 2013, Steven Korbel himself was bestowed with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the PVS committee for exceeding 5,000 volunteer hours of service.  Congratulations to all recipients.


We're here to help bring an awareness to student athletes "Beyond The Field of Play."™  Our efforts have helped make a difference on and off the field of play, a phrase coined by Coach Korbel in the 1980's, which now resonates through most levels of competition nationwide.

Comer Children's Hospital

Our project with Prospects Travel Baseball (Mokena, IL) raised over 1,200 gifts!

Character Nation™ 

A Student Athlete Leadership Program