In 1891, James Naismith mounted two peach baskets on opposite walls of a gym, inventing the rudimentary version of what we know today as “shelving.” Take your basketball off this grand innovation with today’s Groupon to The National Basketball Academy. Training sessions are held at the Mandel JCC in Beachwood, the Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Center, or Corey’s All Pro Fitness Center in Avon. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get a one-hour individual basketball training session (a $65 value).
- For $70, you get a one-hour group basketball training session for up to three players (a $175 value).<p>
Founded by Shane Kline-Ruminski, basket master of MTV’s Made, and earning the endorsement of 12 NBA and 2 WNBA franchises, The National Basketball Academy wields experience to train individuals and groups across the country. In each solo session, professional dunkers guide their clients through shooting and movement drills, work on ball-handling skills, and point out the exact clause in the handbook that bans dogs from the sport. Group lessons cover much of the same territory and are enriched by the possibility of friendly competition. Coaches calibrate every workout to players’ personal skill sets, focusing on techniques that need work, offering immediate feedback, and providing strategies for blocking the Jolly Green Giant.
The National Basketball Academy
The National Basketball Academy's instructors host clinics, training sessions, and tournaments for various age groups. Their coaching helps participants improve all aspects of their performance on the court, from shooting to defense, and their youth programs nurture sports skills in children as young as kindergarten. They also set up teams and leagues that allow players to compete in a supportive, friendly environment.