Mentoring

A big part of what I do around the world is coaching and helping in the communities. It all started with working basketball camps which led to a job running the sports and recreation department for a prominent church in Atlanta. From there I have done multiple charity, celebrity and fund-raising games around the world.

One of the more exciting aspects of it all was coaching 2 groups of Aboriginal kids in their tribal games. I never really saw myself as a coach as I wasn’t especially great with children. However, I needed a job while in Australia and I was presented with an opportunity to not only be the head basketball and weight coach, but also someone to be a good role model and show them what it means to be a man. Seeing them every day and talking about life, relationships slowly built which turned coaching into something a lot more rewarding than I ever could have imagined.

I hope to continue this aspect of my travels in the ensuing countries and hopefully have the same impact on them as I have had on all of the previous kids I’ve worked with.  Not only do these camps help teach basketball, they help the kids understand teamwork, following rules, learning a concept and seeing it come to fruition thru practice and hard work, but also about leading a healthy lifestyle as I preach exercise, a clean diet and staying away from drugs and alcohol.

Basketball has been a vehicle for me to pursue and achieve my dreams. Obviously playing professional basketball is not a dream, nor viable career-choice, for everybody. However, I hope I can inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to pursue what it is they desire most in their life. In this day and age, more people would rather see you fail than achieve. There is nowhere near enough support for children to not only help develop their passions in life, let alone programs to help them follow through and achieve them. I have not had a lot of support in this endeavor, but I am grateful for the few who have not only stood by my side, but helped in encouraging me to take the plunge, step out of my comfort zone and finally dare to be great… Dare to be human.

Due to computer crashes throughout the years, I have lost a lot of pictures, but here is what I have…

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