When I was in the second grade I won my first foul shooting contest. When I was in the fifth grade I sat down on the floor center court and told myself I am going to get a basketball scholarship. Well 8 years later that dream came true. I received a BA in English from Niagara University where I was inducted into their basketball Hall of Fame. I was also inducted into the Elizabeth, New Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame. I understood from a very early age that I needed to work hard to achieve my goals, I also loved basketball so much and I only wish that all kids find that thing they love early on in life. My gift as a coach is patience and a love for the fundamentals of the game. There is nothing better than seeing that kid who didn't even know what a lay-up was actually make one with beautiful form for the first time. I have been a teacher, mentor, and coach since I was a teenager. In addition I love working with the Virtues because they are the little gems that continue to shine though in each child as their confidence grows.
Private basketball training has the potential to be one of the biggest contributors to your child's development in their life. A great skills coach can be a role model, confidence builder, additional support system, and an inspirational figure for your child.
The Family Virtues Guide by Linda Kavelin-Popov is one of the best parenting books I have ever read and I was so inspired by it that I received my certification as a Virtues Guide facilitator. This book is the reason for Hoops & Virtues. My program is designed to work with children and/or families with or without the element of basketball using the book as curriculum.
Hoops & Virtues the basketball program is designed to teach basketball FUN-damentals including defense on and off the ball, lay-ups, shooting form, offensive play with and without the ball, dribbling, rebounding, teamwork, and the rules of the game including everything the from the description of the lines on the court to the roles of the fans watching the game. Hoops and Virtues is designed to bring out the best in kids. Everyone is met at his or her level of play and understanding. Virtues such as thankfulness, openness, creativity, friendliness, and patience will be taught through fun, teachable moments, and especially by example. These are my virtues and my promise to you.
"The authority of a parent is in the service of a child's learning. Authority is used to help the child develop virtues, the gifts within, just as a good coach uses discipline to help an athlete to develop all of his talents and strengths."
-The Family Virtues Guide