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.
Former professional basketball player Mike Robinson—a product of the Chicago Public School system who was drafted by the Utah Jazz and played professionally in Europe for eight years—created In the Paint Basketball to help youths develop as players. His development programs teach the fundamentals of the game, such as shooting and dribbling, but also connect kids to mentors and encourage them to discuss problems they may be having in school with peer pressure or homework.
Established in 2009, JD STYLE Group teams up with some of the top names in sports and entertainment to provide fans with up-close-and-personal experiences. As a full-service event production and marketing firm, the Chicago-based operation employs a forward-thinking approach to consistently produce special events ranging from autograph signings to charitable gatherings.
By the Numbers: AsaMac Sports
16 locations throughout the city where AsaMac Sports holds its basketball programs
12 weeks in a league’s regular season
1 elimination during the playoffs
24—how many high-school graduates can join Post-Grad Prep, which aids students in getting a scholarship to play college basketball
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.