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2023 Southeast Middle School Academy

The weekend started on Friday with the First Gatorade Community Basketball Camp at Next Play 360 in Marietta, GA. It was a great event that brought the community out leading into the MADE Hoops Southeast Middle School Academy that weekend.

The Dream Starts With You đź’«

The Southeast Middle School Academy brought out some of the top talent from around the country. This event featured players from top programs like: Alabama Fusion, Tre Mann, Team Durant, Florida Rebels, Atlanta Swish, J Smoove Select, and more.

The camp displayed a variety of skill stations and games that helped determine the top players in attendance in each class to compete in an All-Star Game.

First Gatorade Community Camp

MADE Hoops partnered with Gatorade this past Friday to provide the first Gatorade community basketball camp. The free event brought the community out for an evening of fun and basketball. Gatorade plans to continuously provide Equity in sports through community camps around the world. This was a great event that led into the MADE Hoops camp that weekend.

The one day event brought the community out to learn the game of basketball in a fun environment. The campers completed skill stations, shadow boxed, and showcased their dunking abilities.

The parents and players had the pleasure to hear from former Division 1 and ex-pro basketball player, Kaleb Joseph, on how mental health played a part in the downfall of his career. His story on mental health sparked a conversation for all players and parents that life revolves around sports.

Gatorade was able to bless Next Play 360 with a $10,000 to help impact sports programming in their community.

Southeast Middle School Academy

This national camp was led by former NBA player, Corey Alexander. Under his leadership, we were able to provide a high level of basketball instructions throughout the camp. I was able to lead the Ball Handling & Finishing Station, coach the Lakers (2030) & UNLV (2028), and coach the 2030 All-Star Team.

Ball Handling & Finishing Station

In this station, I was able to partner with Coach / Trainer Andre Brown to provide a variety of ball handling and finishing drills to help elevate the campers game. We worked on changing pace and how to create leverage when attacking angles.

Lakers 2030 and UNLV 2028 Teams

These two teams were filled with star studded t Bogardalent. Multiple players from both teams were selected to the All-Star game and were standout players at the camp: Tanner Morgan (2030), Cooper Head (2030), Remington (2030), Dallas Oliver (2028), Braxton Bogard (2028), and Johnquell Garner (2028).

USA Junior National Coach Guest Speaker

Coach Sharman White, head boys basketball coach at Pace Academy in Georgia, is the head coach for the USA Basketball Men’s U17 & U16 National Team. His speech on being a pro versus a prospect was the foundation of how to approach the game of basketball and life. “You should be a champion from the time you wake up, until the time you go to sleep.”

Self Help Tour Mental Health Guest Speaker

Kaleb Joseph’s life story is a reminder that we can all find our purpose, heal from our past, and build resilience in the face of life’s challenges. His personal stories of how mental health changed the outcome of his dreams resonated with everyone at the camp. Let’s start the conversation that allows players to accept their feelings and learn how to deal with them in a positive manner.

The Dream Big Center, Incorporated , an organization that will accomplish every aspect of the vision that motivates me to lead by example through Empowerment, Service, Leadership, Education, and Excellence. The Dream Big Center is a non-profit organization that focuses on serving and empowering the community to reach new heights through promotion of excellence and leadership. We aim to provide programs and resources that promote accelerated learning for active dreamers in today’s society to achieve success. These core values will be accomplished through three academies: Dream Big Sports Academy, Dream Big Tech Academy, and Dream Big Leadership Academy.

No matter where you come from or where you start…the Dream starts with you!

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