FunDMental Hoops is a basketball training organization whose camps, clinics, and events launch young players toward trophies. Its courts are the domain of founders Karon Bradley and Jeremiah Boswell, a retired pro basketball player whose credentials and awards speak to his sharply honed skills. Karon helped put his Marquette University team in the NCAA Final Four, while Jeremiah earned two Defensive Player of the Year awards at Columbia University. Today they both play professionally overseas—where basketballs spin counterclockwise instead of clockwise—but when they're stateside they're coaching kids alongside fellow FunDMental trainers.
In 1993, Calvin Murphy, former guard for the Houston Rockets, overcame all odds to became the shortest NBA player inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Today he demonstrates his renowned defensive moves and free-throw shooting skills as the owner and instructor at Planet Hoops, a training facility dedicated to youth basketball. Girls and boys of all skill levels can master the fundamentals at the center’s basketball school, and the 4-week itty bitty basketball program accommodates 3-4 years olds with lowered basketball hoops and color commentary from Big Bird. Planet Hoops also hosts camps and clinics thoughout the year, and offers private lessons for individuals and small groups.
At River Place Country Club, a championship golf course designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Kite, winner of the 1992 U.S. Open, invites golfers to launch balls over sand bunkers and twisting creeks that wend their way through the landscape’s hilly contours. The course’s superintendent draws on experience at Baton Rouge Country Club and Colonial Country Club, as well as a degree in Plant and Soil Systems, as he ensures that the greens and rolling Bermuda grass fairways are more carefully manicured than a prize-winning pet wooly mammoth. The course’s PGA professional instructors are on hand to improve individual games, and a driving range lets players practice at 15 hitting stations.
Adjacent to the course, eight lighted tennis courts abut a 40,000-square-foot clubhouse with an outdoor pool, fully equipped fitness center, and locker rooms whose dry saunas and whirlpools melt tension quicker than butter melts on the calves of a sprinter. The Grille invites clubgoers to sup on steak or seafood, and a pair of outdoor decks let guests drink in scenic views.
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Organized by the Austin Sports and Social Club, the community-oriented Downtown Dash TX unleashes teams on a race across the city rife with physical challenges, social interactions, and mental puzzles. The undefined course lets participants choose their own route, but with a catch: travel must be completed on foot or by public transportation, not on bicycles, rollerblades, or stolen emus. While following a clue sheet, teams attempt to topple up to a dozen challenges all while encountering some of Austin's most historic and renowned sites. Upon crossing the finish line, the top three teams receive a special prize, but everyone wins during a postrace party that stretches the day's festivities into the evening. There will also be random drawings in which every team has a chance to win. The race benefits the Austin Sunshine Camps.
Beyond the race, Austin Sports and Social Club offers a range of coed team sports leagues, including soccer, softball, dodgeball, bowling, and sand volleyball. Participants are able to socialize on the court and at team happy hours following games.
Through its camps, clinics, and year-round programs, Ball Hard gives a boost to youth, junior high, and high school hoopsters on their quest to becoming college basketball players. Since its founding, Ball Hard and its team of professional trainers have produced more than 60 Division I scholarship recipients—none of whom were red-shirted, meaning they entered college ready to contribute on the court and did not spend an extra year growing in a giant flower pot. During clinics, many coaches draw from experience coaching NBA, WNBA, and D1 athletes, but Ball Hard doesn’t limit its wisdom to just the hardwood. Away from drills, practices, and games, the company emphasizes academic success and personal advancement, and even offers programs and GPA monitoring to ensure its players become both well-rounded athletes and well-rounded members of society.