Antonio Daniels studied elementary education at Bowling Green State University. But rather than making a career of reading Newbery Award–winning books or conducting science experiments over bunsen burners, he entered the 1997 NBA Draft and was chosen as the fourth overall pick by the Vancouver Grizzlies. However, once he recognized the hollowness of a baller's lifestyle––whose only rewards were a 1999 NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs and the perk of wearing shorts to work––Antonio atoned by establishing his annual youth summer basketball camp.
For all five days of the camp, Antonio prowls the sidelines, giving kids pointers and boosting their confidence in the game he has now played professionally for 13 years. Coaches from the middle-school through college ranks join him in running the aspiring dunk machines through drills, skill training, and competitive games. At the end of the camp, children will not only have sharpened their hooping tool set, but they will also leave with two of the best souvenirs Antonio can offer other than plaster casts of his hands and feet: a T-shirt and an autographed photo.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
The San Antonio Rebels is a small volleyball club that focuses on the individual athlete and their goals to play at the next level.
The ATHLETE must have the desire to commit to the idea of playing volleyball at the collegiate level.
We will do our very best to get them there!
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Bring your volleyball skills and dreams and we can polish both!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We want to support the dreams of the volleyball athlete and help them get into college.
There is always an opportunity out there, we just need to find it!
What do you love most about your job?
Volleyball is life!
Jermaine "JC" Collier has faced a lot of opponents over the years. The founder, head trainer, and overall fitness guru at JC Ultimate Training has competed in basketball, football, and boxing. Today though, he hopes to take down a more serious foe—obesity in children and adults. Mr. Collier works towards this goal through year-round classes in sports conditioning and cardio boxing. He also trains clients during one-on-one sessions, and he even travels to offices, churches, and other above-water locations to lead onsite fitness sessions.
Collier believes fitness isn't all burning calories and building muscle; it has the potential to bring people together. To that end, JC Ultimate Training hosts a quarterly "Unity in the Community" event, which consists of sports tournaments and leagues.
Castle Hills First Baptist School girls' varsity head coach Tom Springer notched a nomination for 1A Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Coach of the Year after leading his Lady Eagles to regionals. When patrolling the court for Spartan Basketball, he dedicates himself to the improvement of his players, even the ones who can't quit back-flipping off trampolines for crazy slam dunks.
Along with a coaching staff of former collegiate and pro athletes, coach Springer leads various clinics dedicated to scoring, shooting, or team play. To supplement the clinics, Coach Springer’s instructional products put his basketball knowledge into PDF, DVD, and downloadable video formats for both players and coaches to study and practice at home.
For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
Taking time out of the NBA season to inspire young athletes, the San Antonio Spurs organization’s annual holiday basketball clinic uses basketball as a vehicle to teach the values of sportsmanship and leading a healthy lifestyle. During single-day sessions, former and current Spurs players and coaches swing by to alley-oop advice into the ears of boys and girls aged 7–18, leading practice drills and competitions in which coaches emphasize core principles and training techniques, such as how young players should react when college recruiters start replacing the prizes in cereal boxes with letters of intent. Afterward, kids head home with signed souvenirs and a better overall understanding of the game, both on the court and off.