What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We stand out because kids learn in a warm nurturing environment where mistakes are encouraged because they are encouraged to be innovative on the court. We use basketball to teach kids to find success not only in sports but in life. Poor grades = no court time.
Poor behavior = no court time.
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
We welcome boys and girls ages 5 -14.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I started DMB because after watching our 6 year old go through a few programs I realized most coaches don't really develop kids or teach the game properly. Kids come away unprepared for the next level. Having been a high school coach I know what they really need to work on to be ready for anything
What do you love most about your job?
What I love most is when a child "gets it" when the light comes on and they clearly understand their own abilities and how to apply them. I love hearing kids laugh plus I spend my time teaching the best game in the world, basketball, to great kids.
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Age-appropriate and quality equipment is provided.
Pro Tip: Be ready for your camper to come home and ask you to play hoops or do pushups together.
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Girls age 4-14
Q&A with Sara Hokin, Director of Operations
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
Our incentive programs emphasize and reward effort, teamwork, heart, etc. We have special relationships with local, collegiate, and professional women's teams that offer our camps the opportunity for in-camp clinics and professional sports outings.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Our staff training is pretty intense, to the extent that we role play worst-case scenarios. We practice adjusting to different circumstances, including quick transitions from outside to inside, should we encounter extreme weather.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our impact both on the fields and courts and off—our program emphasizes growth as an athlete as [much as] it does growth as a person.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are proud of the relationships we develop and maintain through the years with our camp families. Throughout these years, we have worked hard to create a customized teaching technique and unique understanding of how young girls best learn and thrive. The results are a program and environment that effectively foster their love for sports and fitness to last a lifetime. This is our passion. This is our mission.
Six Things to Know About Chicago Sport and Social Club
Chicago Sport and Social Club wants you to mingle. It hosts year-round sports leagues that encourage friends and coworkers to get together after work and maybe even make some new friends on the field. You can compete in everything from football to kickball, or just compete in trivia nights with a gang of fellow game-show devotees. Check out more of the activities offered by the club:
They’ve got almost every sport under the sun. From soccer and volleyball to dodgeball and ping-pong, the club lets players continue to compete in the sports they enjoyed in high school and college, or try entirely new activities like bubble soccer.
They hold events across the city. Competitions range from games of football in Brands Park in Avondale to bowling in Lakeview or kayaking down the Chicago River.
There’s a wide range of classes: Experienced rock-climbing instructors teach novices how to scale walls with ease, and tennis coaches lead players through intense drills and dispense valuable tips.
Not every “sport” is high-pressure. Bar-game leagues allow for social mingling rather than intense strategizing and include activities as diverse as euchre and WhirlyBall—a sport involving bumper cars and wiffle balls.
You can conquer trivia night. Show off your vast knowledge of U.S. presidents or celebrity pets in fast-paced trivia competitions.
Corporations can be people too: Corporate leagues let coworkers band together to defeat cross-town rivals in bowling, softball, or basketball.
Sam Elias knows that being cooped up during long winter days can make people stir-crazy. So in 1993, after moving from Florida, land of palm trees and beaches, to Chicago, land of frigid winds and gray slush, he founded WhirlyBall as a way for people to release pent-up energy even as snow was falling outside. During each competitive WhirlyBall game, which combines aspects of basketball, hockey, and jai alai, players zoom across an indoor 50'x80' court in motorized cars called WhirlyBugs. They wield plastic scoops to toss a wiffle ball back and forth to their teammates before throwing the ball through an elevated goal. Refs keep watch during the games, eliminating score arguments that would otherwise end in sunrise duels. To fuel up for a bout, players nibble chicken wings, pretzel bites, and gourmet pizzas, and swig craft beers, which vary by location.
All three WhirlyBall spots boast off-court diversions as well. The Vernon Hills and Lombard locations host video games, pool tables, foosball, and air hockey, and the Chicago and Vernon Hills locations invite guests into multilevel laser-tag arenas, which fill with fog and flashing lights as combatants duck, aim, and invoke Geneva Convention protocols regarding armed conflict.
In the spirit of the city motto, "Urbs in horto" (City in a Garden), Chicago established its first parks in 1869. The Chicago Park District as it exists today was created in 1934 and holds sway over 8,200 acres of open space, including 31 beaches, 40 nature areas, and upward of 570 parks. But the park district provides access to more than just the green expanses of its outdoor domain; its facilities harbor the waxed hardwood of indoor basketball courts, the chlorinated splashes of swimming pools, and other features that facilitate active lifestyles. Park administrators offer athletic programming year round, as well as seasonal events such as autumn pumpkin patches and summer's Movies in the Park, part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks initiative, which features more than 750 citywide cultural and arts activities. The park district also oversees many local civic landmarks, including the iconic Buckingham Fountain.
Started in 2005 by four-time Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg, this aquatic academy offers a learn-to-swim program for children of all ages. In their nearly 10 years in operation, Krayzelburg and crew have taught thousands of children how to be safe, proficient swimmers.
During group classes, private lessons, and parent-tot sessions, the team uses a seven-level SwimRight curriculum to build proper form. The approach starts with helping kids get into the water and assisting them during back floats and basic drills. As students progress through the program, they learn to master the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Advancement to a new level is marked with color-coded swim caps.