Chase Hartman

Walter L. Sickles High School
Citrus Park, Florida

Changemaker Extraordinaire

You’re never too young to make meaningful change.

Ever since he was little, Chase Hartman has been passionate about coming up with visions for businesses then turning them into reality. He has blogged about shelter animals, sold Rainbow Loom bracelets in his neighborhood, and even created his own Depop storefront. But the project that really established Chase as a bonified “kidpreneur” and community changemaker was read.repeat., an award-winning book distribution project he began at 10 years old to help address literacy challenges in his community. During his first book delivery, one student told Chase that she had never owned a book before and would “love it, hold it, and read it forever.” “I instantly wished I could give every student in America a hug and a book,” Chase says. Since then, read.repeat.—now an initiative of Chase’s nonprofit, Eco Brothers—has collected and distributed more than 220,000 books and raised more than $120,000, impacting the lives of 65,000+ students in Hillsborough County, Florida.

The ability to make a profound difference in the lives of others is something Chase channels into all his initiatives. A top scholar, he is active in multiple honor societies that engage in various service activities. He is team captain of his high school’s swim team, and he says holding the position is one of the most fulfilling aspects of his impressive swimming career. Many student swimmers have little to no previous experience, and Chase works to connect with and support each of them. “I have been able to directly impact over 30 of my peers’ athletic journeys by creating a positive and motivating environment that focuses on goal-setting and hard work. Through persistence, I have built a team of skillful athletes who have accomplished many of their goals. Our men’s team even won eight out of nine meets last year!”

Chase gains so much fulfillment from his various changemaking efforts that he is dedicated to helping others become changemakers, too. Chase regularly speaks on podcasts, live webinars, and at national conventions, reaching thousands of youth. He runs a weekly leadership lesson during his Student Government class. He connects with other young changemakers on social media and enjoys collaborating on projects. Any time Chase has an opportunity to share his story, he reminds young people how capable they are and encourages his peers to step outside their comfort zones to give change a try. His hope is always that “a shy kid with big dreams” will be listening and will find the inspiration to go out and make a big difference of their own.




  • Captain

    Varsity Letter Winner




    School Record Holder

    2022 FHSAA State Finalist, 100 Freestyle, 400 Free Relay, 200 Free Relay

    2021 FHSAA State Finalist, 400 Free Relay

    2020-2023 Coaches Award

Track and Field

  • Varsity Letter Winner

    School Record Holder

Academic Honors & Awards

  • AP Scholar of Distinction

    Principal’s Honor Roll

    National Society of High Scholars “18 Under 18” Award

    National Honor Society

    National Beta Club Officer

    Rho Kappa Social Studies Honors Society

    Florida’s American Legion Boys State Conference

    Samsung Scholarship Recipient

    Carson Scholar

    Coke Scholar 2024 Semifinalist



School & Community Involvement

  • Student Government Co-President

    Eco Brothers Co-Founder and CEO

    Alliance of Gryphon Athletes Director of Fundraising

    Eagle Scout and Senior Patrol Leader, Boy Scout Troop 46

    VFW Post 10140 Boy Scout of the Year

    Hillsborough County Youth Leadership Council Director of External Affairs

    Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Team Community Hero of Tomorrow Recipient

    Florida’s Prudential Spirit of the Community Honoree

    Points of Light Youth Advisory Council Member

    EPA President’s Environmental Youth Award Winner

    Barbara Hancock Hillsborough County Celebrate Literacy Award

    Florida Commission on the Status of Women Spirit of Community Award Recipient

    Volunteer Florida’s Champion of Service Honoree

    President’s Volunteer Service Award Gold Medal

    Daily Points of Light Recipient #6804

    Hillsborough County Youth Excellence and Achievement Award- Community Service

    DoSomething’s Generation Future Grant Finalist

    Riley’s Way Call for Kindness Grant Winner

    Hershey’s Heartwarming Grant Winner

    Karma for Cara Grant Winner

    NSHSS Be More Fund Grant Pitch Competition Winner

    Food Pantry Volunteer

    Glad Dogs Nation Volunteer

    The Humane Society of Tampa Bay Volunteer

    Toymakers of Eastlake Volunteer

    Brooker Creek Nature Preserve Volunteer

    Vista Gardens Volunteer





“The most crucial thing in this sport and any leadership position is being a role model and supporting others.”

~ Chase Hartman ~