Youth Conference

The Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference presented by Under Armour, is a two-day, invitation-only forum for youth basketball coaches, administrators, and other industry stakeholders to discuss topics shaping youth basketball at the grassroots level. The Jr. NBA is dedicated to fostering dialogue and sharing best practices that enhance the overall experience of players, coaches, and parents.

Schedule of Events (all times listed are CT):

 

Friday, May 18
8:15am – 5:30 p.m. Registration and Conference Meetings
The Sheraton Grand, Chicago
301 E North Water Street
6 – 8 p.m. Post Conference Networking Event
Fremont Chicago
Saturday, May 19 Quest Multisport
9:45 a.m -2:50 p.m. 2641 W Harrison St, Chicago

Hotel and Lodging

Hotel rooms have been reserved at the Sheraton Grand Chicago for those attending the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference. Ideally situated in downtown Chicago, the Sheraton Grand Chicago is an icon on the Chicago River with breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline.

Hotel:
Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Rate: $249 (+ taxes & fees)
Book By Phone: 1-888-627-7106
Booking Code: Jr. NBA 2018 or Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference
Book Online: Jr. NBA Youth Basketball Leadership Conference Room Booking

Rooms are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.

Friday Schedule

Friday, May 18 Sheraton Grand, Chicago
8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome: Debbie Antonelli and Kathy Behrens
9:15 – 10:10 a.m. General Session: The State of Youth Basketball
10:10 – 10:20 a.m. Program of the Year Presentation
 10:30 – 11:10 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Leveraging Social Media: Communicating Effectively to Reach Your Goals
Marketing 101: How to Build a Successful Youth Organization Brand
Get Funded: Navigating the World of Sports Grants and Sponsorships
Driving Innovation: The Benefits of Embracing New Technologies
A Growing Industry: The Business of Youth Sports
11:20 – 12:05 p.m. General Session: Collective Impact: Giving Back to the Game
12:05 – 12:10 p.m. Coach of the Year Winner
12:10 – 1:05 p.m. Lunch with the NBA
1:10 – 2:25 p.m. True North Sports: DISC Assessment Workshop
2:35 – 3:50 p.m. Learning Labs
Scaling Your Program: Developing a Business Model for Growth
Sustained Excellence: Hiring and Retaining Quality Coaches
Growing the Game: Engaging Girls
Organizational Culture: Unlocking the Playbook for Success
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. General Session: Understanding Youth Athletes: Body and Mind
4:50 – 5:00 p.m. Conference Wrap Up
5:30-5:40 p.m. Buses depart for Network Event
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Post-Conference Networking Event: Fremont

 

Saturday Schedule

Saturday, May 19 Quest Multisport
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Breakfast
10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Welcome: Fran Fraschilla
10:40 – 11:30 a.m. General Session: Saturday Conversation with Jerry Colangelo
11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1
Objectives of a Practice Plan:  Making Every Minute Count
NBA-USAB:  Youth Guidelines & Standards
12:40 – 1:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2
Back to Basics: Skill Development Drills Every Coach Should Teach
Beyond the Game: Developing Athletes of Character
 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Lunch
Breakout Session 3
 2:15 – 3:05 p.m. High Performers: Guidelines for Supporting your Best Athletes
Defense: Man to man Principles for Player Development
 3:05 – 3:15 p.m. Conference Wrap Up
3:30 p.m. Buses depart to Sheraton and Chicago O’Hare Airport

Sessions

Friday May 18

GENERAL SESSIONS:

The State of Youth Basketball
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This panel will address the current state of youth basketball and the impact it will have on the future of the game at all levels.

Moderator:
Sean Gregory Senior Writer, TIME
Panelists:
Jennifer Azzi Ambassador & Global Director, NBA
Arne Duncan Co-Chair, Knight Commission
Dominique Wilkins Former NBA player, Vice President of Basketball and Special Advisor to the CEO, Atlanta Hawks
Grant Hill Former NBA player, NBA TV Analyst, Vice Chair of the Board, Atlanta Hawks

Collective Impact: Giving Back to the Game
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The growth and sustainability of any industry is dependent on the active participation and interest exhibited by the next generation. Panelists will discuss why it’s critical for today’s stakeholders to pay it forward for the next generation of coaches, administrators, and leaders.

Moderator:
Nell Fortner ESPN Analyst
Panelists:
Kaleb Canales Assistant Coach, Dallas Mavericks
Michael Strautmanis Chief Engagement Officer, Obama Foundation
Stephanie White Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Vanderbilt University

Understanding Youth Athletes: Body and Mind
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Participation in organized sports can subject an athlete to a unique set of physical and mental challenges. However, the pressure to be physically superior causes many athletes to overlook their mental health needs.  Panelists will discuss why it’s critical for coaches and administrators to create an environment that supports mental health and well-being.

Moderator:
Trevor Moawad Founder, Moawad Consulting
Panelists:
Keyon Dooling Former NBA player; Player Wellness Counselor, NBPA
Brandy Cole NBA Parent
Chris Holtmann Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Ohio State University

BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

Leveraging Social Media: Communicating Effectively to Reach Your Goals
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Social media is a cost-effective way to tell your story and engage prospective members. Presenters will share best practices and case studies on how to deliver clear, concise, and consistent messaging to help you reach your organizational goals.

Facilitator:
Jared Cooper Manager of Business Development, League Apps
Presenter:
Doug Bernstein General Manager, House of Highlights/Bleacher Report

Marketing 101: How to Build a Successful Youth Organization Brand
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A well-defined and executed marketing plan affects all aspects of an organization. This session will guide attendees through marketing habits of highly successful youth organizations.

Facilitator:
Phaethon Bolton Coordinator, NBA
Presenter:
Fran Harris Corporate Trainer, Speaker, Coach and Sports Broadcaster

Get Funded: Navigating the World of Sports Grants and Sponsorships
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Applying for a grant or sponsorship requires a significant amount of research and preparation. Presenters will discuss best practices on how to secure funding for your organization and how best to maximize the resources you already have.

Facilitator:
Dana Weinbach Senior Executive & Advisor, LeagueApps
Presenter:
Adam Fraiser Global Development Director, Laureus Sport for Good
David McGoy Founder, Assist Development Consulting

Driving Innovation: The Benefits of Embracing New Technologies
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Learn how technology can have a lasting impact on your organization..

Facilitator:
Jack McGinley Global Youth Program Coordinator, NBA
Presenter:
Jeremy Goldberg President, League Apps

A Growing Industry: The Business of Youth Sports
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The transition and privatization of youth sports has been profound, with implications for small towns, big businesses, and millions of families. This boom has given rise to new business opportunities, from better facilities to recruiting sites to private-coaching. Learn from the leading expert in the sports facility and management industry on what new ventures will continue to develop in this space.

Facilitator:
Adam Harper Director of Youth Basketball Development, NBA
Panelists:
Jason Clement CEO & Founding Partner of SPorts Facilities Advisory & Management
Jermaine O’Neal Former NBA player, Founder, Drive Nation Sports Complex

DISC Assessment Workshop
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It is well recognized, the highest performing teams have coaches who understand themselves and their athletes. This workshop creates the necessary self-awareness for coaches to know how they coach and provides tangible ways to develop strong and effective relationships with their athletes. It is dedicated to the coaches understanding more about their own coaching style and preferences.

Prior to the workshop, each coach completes their own CoachDISC profile. They will also be encouraged to invite others such as coaches they work with and also senior athletes in their team/squad (if appropriate), to provide them with feedback on their coaching behaviors. This is included within the capability of the CoachDISC profile.

Many of the key learnings from this workshop are accomplished using experiential learning activities where the coaches have the chance to display their preferred and non-preferred coaching style.

Scaling Your Program: Developing a Business Model for Growth
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As organizations grow, different challenges and opportunities arise. Recognizing and overcoming the common pitfalls associated with growth is essential for any organization to be sustainable. Panelists will share best practices for success and offer advice on how best to meet the financial and staffing demands based on the goals of your organization

Moderator:
Omari Faulkner Sports Industry Management Professor, Georgetown University
Panelists:
Antonio Perez Senior Manager of Youth Basketball Programming, Memphis Grizzles
Matt Kanne Founder, Open Gym Premier
Sky Hyacinthe Founder, ELEVATE Basketball

Sustained Excellence: Hiring and Retaining Quality Coaches
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Great programs require consistency, but more importantly they need the right coaches and staff to achieve a certain level of success. Experts will share best hiring practices and how they maintain the quality of their youth program in a world where volunteer, part-time, and seasonal staff are heavily relied upon.

Moderator:
Chris Berry District Executive of Greater Oklahoma City, YMCA
Panelists:
Jon Babul Vice President of Basketball Programs, Atlanta Hawks
Brendan Winters Co-Founder & Director, Pro Skills
Nina King Deputy Director of Athletics for Administration/Legal Affairs & Chief of Staff, Duke University

Growing the Game: Engaging Girls
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By the age of 14, girls are twice as likely as boys to drop out of sports. This session will discuss how to get more girls involved in the game so they can reap the long-term benefits that come from sports participation.

Moderator:
Michelle Smith espnW
Panelists:
Betty Low Community Impact Director, Sacramento Kings
Billy Welcome President & Co-Owner, All IN Athletics
Dan Olson Founder of Collegiate Girls Basketball Report
Mandy Carter-Zegarowski Founder, MCW Starz

Organizational Culture: Unlocking the Playbook for Success
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A strong culture is the building block of most admired organizations. Panelists will discuss shared beliefs and values established by leadership from their respective organizations and how those beliefs are communicated and reinforced to develop a best-in-class work environment.

Moderator:
Sanyin Sing Executive Director of Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics, Duke University
Panelists:
Kevin Petty Executive Director, Gold Crown Foundation
Jeff Addiego Senior Director of Youth Basketball, Golden State

Saturday May 19

GENERAL SESSIONS

General Session: Saturday Conversation with Jerry Colangelo
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Fran Fraschilla will lead a discussion with Jerry Colangelo, Managing Director, USA Basketball Men’s National Team

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Objectives of a Practice Plan: Making Every Minute Count
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Preparation is critical to a team’s success and that often starts with great practices.  This session will cover what defines a great practice, the amount of time that should be dedicated to your team’s area of weakness, and will walk attendees through team drills that can address certain shortcomings.

Presenter:
Bryan Gates Assistant Coach, Sacramento Kings

NBA-USAB: Youth Guidelines & Standards
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The National Basketball Association (NBA) and USA Basketball recently announced a set of rules and standards designed to help young players learn the fundamentals of the sport, build skills and achieve early success, and provide enhanced long-term development opportunities.  A representative from the NBA will discuss the new age- and stage-appropriate recommendations across four key areas – equipment and court specifications, game structure, playing tactics and rules.

Presenter:
Jeremiah Boswell Consultant, NBA; Partner, The Skill Factory

Back to Basics: Skill Development Drills Every Coach Should Teach
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The fundamentals are the foundation of success for every individual and team. Elite coaches know how to progress players’ development in all aspects of their game. Learn some great drills to teach and enhance footwork and hand eye coordination.

Beyond the Game: Developing Athletes of Character
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Presenters from Athlete Ally, A Call to Men, and Positive Coaching Alliance will discuss the power that coaches have as influencers, and how that influence can be used to impart lessons around diversity, teamwork, and inclusion, including fostering a better parent-coach relationship.

Presenter:
Hudson Taylor Founder & Executive Director, Athlete Ally
Jason Sacks Vice President of Business Development & Philanthropy, Positive Coaching Alliance

Defense: Man to man Principles for Player Development
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This session will cover player-to-player defense, which emphasizes individual accountability and sets the foundation for defensive principles that can be used throughout a player’s career; principles such as on and off the ball defense and rotation, closeouts, and communication.”

Presenter:
Jim Boylen Associate Head Coach, Chicago Bulls

High Performers: Guidelines for Supporting Your Best Athletes
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Coaches can have a profound impact on an athlete’s performance and his or her ability to develop championship qualities. Athletes not only improve in their oncourt play, but also grow in emotional intelligence. Learn recommendations on how to help outstanding athletes reach their fullest potential.

Presenters:
Devin Markle Co-Director of Mindset Development, Sports Academy
Kat Swanson Co-Director of Mindset Development, Sports Academy

Speakers

Debbie Antonelli Jeff Addiego Jennifer Azzi John Babul
Chris Berry Doug Bernstein Kathy Behrens Jeremiah Boswell
Jim Boylen Mandy Carter-Zedarowski Kaleb Canales Joe Clark
Jason Clement Jerry Colangelo Brandy Cole Keyon Dooling
Arne Duncan Omari Faulkner Nell Fortner David Flynn
Fran Fraschilla Adam Fraser Bryan Gates Sean Gregory
Jeremy Goldberg Fran Harris Grant Hill Chris Holtmann
Sky Hyacinthe Tiffany Jones Matt Kanne Nina King
Betty Low John MacPhee Devin Markle David McGoy
Trevor Moawad Jermaine O’Neal Dan Olson Josh Pastner
Antonio Perez Kevin Petty Jason Sacks Sanyin Siang
Michelle Smith-McDonald Michael Strautmanis Kat Swanson Billy Welcome
Stephanie White Dominique Wilkins   Brendan Winters
Jeff Addiego
Now in his 20th season with the Golden State Warriors, Jeff serves as Senior Director of Youth Basketball. He has spearheaded the team’s youth basketball efforts, growing the Warriors Basketball Camp and Junior Warriors Basketball League into one of the largest youth basketball programs in the NBA.Jeff, who played collegiately at San Francisco State University, has directed a number of high-profile camps that have included Warriors stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, among others. Those camps include the Overnight Camp, Splash Brothers Fantasy Basketball Clinic, and the Gold Medal Edition Fantasy Basketball Clinic.
Debbie Antonelli
Debbie is a national basketball analyst, and considered an expert both on the collegiate and professional level.
Her broadcasting career has included games for ESPN, CBS Sports and several networks. She has broadcasted the WNBA since its inception, and in 2017 became the first woman in 22 years to call an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game for CBS.
Debbie played basketball for NC State from 1982-1986, helping the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament four times and to the Sweet 16 twice. She then earned her master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio, and spent eight years as the director of marketing at Kentucky and Ohio State.
Debbie was awarded the 2007 Mel Greenberg Award by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, serves as the voice of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and is a lifetime member of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Board of Directors.
Jennifer Azzi
Jennifer Azzi’s basketball achievements over a 25-year period range from seven Hall of Fame inductions, an Olympic Gold Medal, a Stanford National Championship, the Naismith Award, the Wade Trophy, founding member of the American Basketball League (ABL), and a successful WNBA career where she was drafted fifth overall by the Detroit Shock in the inaugural WNBA draft. Through her six seasons as Head Coach at the University of San Francisco, Azzi led the Dons to their fourth NCAA tournament berth thanks to winning the 2016 WCC Tournament. Azzi’s program also earned the NCAA’s APR award for outstanding academic success. Jennifer left USF in September 2016 to pursue career opportunities with the NBA and Jr. NBA as an Ambassador and Global Director, yet remains a part of the USF athletic program.
Jon Babul
Jon is entering his sixth season in the NBA as Vice President of Basketball Programs for the Atlanta Hawks. He is responsible for the organization and execution of 90+ community events per year. These programs, which include summer camps, clinics, tournaments, leagues, and a coach education program, serve thousands of youth and coaches annually.
Jon is also very active in the community and has served on the ALS Association and Atlanta Hawks Foundation committees. He is also involved with the Jr. NBA, Positive Coaching Alliance, Naismith Awards and Atlanta Tip-Off Club, the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame, and USA Basketball Coach Development.
Kathy Behrens
As President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs for the NBA, Kathy Behrens oversees all programs that coordinate league and player social responsibility efforts, promote youth basketball development, support player growth and education, and enhance the marketing opportunities for current and former players. Behrens joined the NBA in September 2000 as Vice President, Community Relations, overseeing all of the NBA’s public service initiatives, community outreach and employee volunteer programs.
Doug Bernstein
Since joining Bleacher Report in 2011, Doug has served in several capacities, including Vice President of Social. In that role, Doug led strategy to grow unprecedented levels of engagement and the acquisition of House of Highlights, of which he was later named General Manager.
In the two years since acquisition, Doug has worked alongside House of Highlights founder Omar Raja to grow the Instagram account from 1.1 million followers to 8.8 million followers, and monthly video views to 750 million, the third most across the entire platform.
Doug graduated from Ponoma College with a degree in Media Studies.
Jeremiah Boswell
Jeremiah works for the NBA in Youth Basketball Development where he plays a key role in multiple initiatives including the development and implementation of the youth basketball guidelines, curriculum, and grassroots basketball.  Jeremiah has played a key role in NBA initiatives around the world and continues to be a driver in the youth basketball space.  Previously, Jeremiah coached players and teams ranging from youth to NBA professionals as a partner in The Skill Factory.  Jeremiah played and graduated from Columbia University and played professionally overseas for seven years.
Jim Boylen
Jim has 30 years of coaching experience and three NBA championships. Before the Bulls, he served two seasons on the bench with the San Antonio Spurs and was an assistant with the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, and Houston Rockets. Currently, he is the associate head coach of the Chicago Bulls,

Prior to his NBA career, Jim was head coach at the University of Utah for four seasons. He led the Utes to the 2009 Mountain West regular season and postseason championships, and a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Kaleb Canales
Kaleb Canales recently concluded his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks, where he is responsible for coordinating the team’s offense. Kaleb joined the Mavericks after spending nine years with the Portland Trail Blazers, where he served as an assistant coach and interim head coach. Before joining the Portland staff, he spent the 2003-04 season at the University of Texas-Arlington. Additionally, Kaleb has participated as a coach at the NBA’s 2011 Basketball without Borders program in Brazil, and is the co-founder of Assist 13, a program committed to serving, contributing, and developing youth in Laredo, Texas through basketball.
Mandy Carter-Zegarowski
With 20 years of coaching on her resume, Mandy Carter-Zegarowski has established herself as a leader in the youth basketball development, programming, and consulting space.
She currently runs MCW Starz LLC, a comprehensive basketball program started with the help of her son, Michael Carter-Williams, who plays in the NBA. Mandy oversees operations and is a resource to players and families going through the college recruitment process. MCW Starz has assisted in successfully placing 28 student-athletes in college programs.
Mandy is a four-time Cape Ann League Coach of the Year winner and was also named the Massachusetts North Coach of the Year.
Joe Clark
Now entering his 34th season with the Spurs, Joe is the Vice President of the Spurs Sports Academy and Business Development. He oversees a variety of youth athlete engagement programs in San Antonio and Austin, including the Spurs Basketball Camps, and introduced the Spurs Tournament Series, which hosts competitive basketball tournaments for boys’ and girls’ youth travel teams. He manages a team of passionate leaders who are committed to creating event experiences that treat all guests like family. Joe is a member of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, serves as an AAU Basketball Coach, and mentors as a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Jason Clement
Jason is the Founding Partner & CEO of Sports Facilities Management (SFA). Under his leadership, SFM has opened more successful sports tourism venues than any organziation in the country. Jason is a passionate contributor to causees positively impacting families and communities, and is an experienced advisor providing planning, strategy, finance, and operational leadership to projects throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Canada, Asia, Africa, and Central America.
Prior to being CEO, Jason served for 10 years as Chief Operating Officer, transforming the company into a  globally recognized leader focusing on transforming the health and economic vitality of communities around the world.
Jerry Colangelo
Since Jerry joined the USA Basketball Men’s National Team as Managing Director, the team has enjoyed a remarkable 88-1 record and claimed gold medal finishes in six FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions, including three Olympics. He served as Chairman of the NBA’s Board of Governors from 2001 to 2005, and was also a member of the league’s Finance Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Expansion Committee, and Competition and Rules Committee. Additionally, Jerry was part of the founding committee for the WNBA and played a key role in bringing Major League Baseball to Phoenix, serving as Chairman and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2004, Jerry was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004.
Brandy Cole
Brandy is the proud mother of rookie sensation Jayson Tatum. She handles all aspects of Jayson’s career, including managing his various endorsement and appearance obligations, coordinating marketing and agent teams, working with Jayson’s legal counsel and accountant, and always pushing for Jayson’s best interests. Brandy holds a Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration, and is a business manager for a top national healthcare administration firm. She has several years of experience in compliance and management, specializing in process efficiency. Brandy loves spending time with Jayson and grandson Deuce in Boston.
Keyon Dooling
Following his sophomore season at Missouri, Keyon entered the 2000 NBA Draft, where he was selected with the 10th overall pick.
Keyon went on to have a 13-year career playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies. He reached the Conference Finals three times in his career with Miami, Boston, and Memphis.
Since retiring, Keyon has launced a successful career as a life coach. He is currently a Player Wellness Counselor with the NBPA and works on business endeavors in tech, mental health and wellness, and public speaking.
Arne Duncan

As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Arne served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools, winning praise for an education agenda that opened 100 new schools, expanded access programs, boosted teaching caliber, and built partnerships around education initiatives. Arne graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1987, majoring in sociology. He served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first-team Academic All-American.

Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, the Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment, and other social justice initiatives.

Omari Faulkner
A Memphis native, Omari attended Georgetown University, where he was a member of the men’s basketball team. He then joined the State Department, serving in several capacities, including Sports & Cultural Envoy, Financial Management Officer, and HR Officer. His exemplary service has earned him national recognition and prestigious distinctions around the world.
Today, Omari is a member of several advisory committees and boards, advocating for quality education, service, economic development, and cultural diplomacy. He has expanded his experience as a global sports envoy in his upcoming book project, Athlete for Life, providing a framework for student-athletes’ development and a blueprint for success.
David Flynn
David has more than 15 years of experience advocating for social justice and working to support youth through the power of sport. He is currently the managing director of We Coach, a training and consulting company that works with coaches, nonprofits, corporations, and professional teams to develop effective and youth-centered sports programs.

Before launching We Coach, David served as Director of Programs and Operations at Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, where he developed a national place-based strategy to strengthen the field of sport for development. David is also the founder of From the Roots, a social enterprise supporting young leaders to kick-start community based organizations and businesses.

Fran Fraschilla
Fran Fraschilla has been a college basketball analyst at ESPN since 2003, providing expert analysis for college basketball, primarily in the Big 12, and is a staple on ESPN’s coverage of the NIT, the NBA Draft and the FIBA basketball world cup. Prior to broadcasting, he spent 23 years on the collegiate sidelines, including head coaching stops at Manhattan, St. John’s and New Mexico. He also served as an assistant at Providence, Ohio State, Ohio and Rhode Island. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College in 1980.
Adam Fraser
As the Global Development Director of Laureus Sport for Good, Adam is responsible for securing funding and partnerships that allow Laureus to support more than 150 different organizations. Each one of them uses sport to tackle violence, discrimination, and disadvantage in 40 countries around the world. Prior to joining Laureus, Adam served as Head of Communications and Executive Director for Benchmark Sport International’s Sport Industry Group in the UK. He has spent his entire career working in the sports industry as a journalist and writer, communications lead, and nonprofit brand and business development specialist.
Nell Fortner
Nell has a longstanding career in basketball, both as a player and a coach. She helped Texas post a 127-26 record as a player before embarking on a 28-year coaching career, highlighted by a four-year run with USA Basketball that culminated with the 2000 Olympic gold medal. She also served as head coach at Purdue and Auburn, as well as the Indiana Fever.
She has won numerous coach of the year honors, including USA Basketball and Basketball Times National Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in April. Currently, Nell is an analyst for ESPN.
Bryan Gates
Bryan will his 10th season in the NBA and third with Sacramento’s an assistant coach, his second stint with the club. He entered the NBA coaching ranks with the Kings during the 2009-10 season, then spent the next six season as an assistant with New Orleans and Minnesota.
From 2006-09, Bryan enjoyed a successful tenure as coach of the Idaho Stampede. With the Stampede, Bryan was a two-time recipient of the Dennis Johnson Development League Coach of the Year award, compiling a record of 101-51, and winning the NBA D-League Championship in 2008.
Sean Gregory
Sean Gregory is a senior writer at TIME, covering sports for the magazine and time.com since 2002. His August 2017 TIME cover story on the exploding youth sports industry — “How Kid Sports Turned Pro” — attracted national media attention from outlets such as CNBC, NPR, CSPAN, and the Washington Post. Sean has also profiled some of the world’s top athletes, such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Serena Williams, and Usain Bolt, and covered multiple NBA Finals, Final Fours, Super Bowls, the World Series, and seven Olympic Games.
Jeremy Goldberg
Jeremy Goldberg is the President & Quarterback of LeagueApps, a technology company that powers how sports is organized around the world.  He oversees all marketing, business development, investor relations, and people operations. He is also a partner at [212]MEDIA, a venture development firm that’s created LeagueApps, Saavn, Speakaboos, and LiftMetrix.  Previously, he served in technology strategy roles at the Mitchell Madison Group and Generate Insights and was the Founder/CEO of poliVOICE. Jeremy worked in various capacities for Obama for America and Seeds of Peace, and serves on the boards of Search for Common Ground and Reboot. He holds a B.S. from Georgetown and an M.I.A from Columbia University.
Fran Harris
A native of Dallas, Fran was captain and leading scorer on the undefeated University of Texas 1986 NCAA championship team, and played on the WNBA’s inaugural championship team with the Houston Comets.
Fran draws upon her electrifying career as an elite athlete, organizational consultant, sales trainer, and entrepreneur to help others create soaring success. She has appeared on hundreds of TV and radio segments on CNBC, CNN, TLC, Comedy Central, and many others. In 2011, Fran was named Good Morning America’s Advice Guru Runner-up.
Fran’s unconventional insights have transformed and redefined legacies all over the world for more than 25 years.
Grant Hill
Grant was the third pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by Detroit, where he averaged 20 points per game and was named co-Rookie of the Year. Grant was a member of the 1996 USA Olympic Men’s Basketball team. A two-time All-American and national champion at Duke, Grant retired in 2013 after averaging 16.7 points per game in more than 1,000 career contests.
Hill is an analyst for NBA TV and is the co-host of NBA TV’s “Inside Stuff”. In 2014, he became a part owner and Vice Chair of the Board for the Atlanta Hawks.
Chris Holtmann
After just one season as head coach, Chris helped Ohio State exceed all expectations. Preseason polls picked the program to finish no better than 11th, but the Buckeyes finished with a 15-3 record in the Big Ten and tied for second in the conference. They advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished the year 17th in the AP poll. Following his outstanding inaugural season, Chris was named the 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Prior to Ohio State, Chris served as head coach for Butler from 2014-17, where he was named 2017 Big East Coach of the Year.

Sky Hyacinthe
Sky founded ELEVATE New Orleans in October 2009, and oversees all functions of the organization, with an emphasis on strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, and partnership development. Sky also founded ELEVATE NEXT, a training program for individuals as young as three years old that has become the premier training program in the New Orleans metro area, serving over 350 clients.
Sky began his collegiate basketball career at Johnson & Wales University from 2000-02. He then transferred to the University of Connecticut, where he was a member of one of the nation’s elite basketball programs and received his degree in Communications.
James Kallusky
James is Vice President of Strategy and Operations for Laureus USA. He has dedicated his career to supporting underserved populations by creating joint ventures and partnerships with stakeholders from the private industry, public sector and philanthropic communities. James has driven impact by developing national and community-based programs in the areas of health, education and juvenile justice.
Prior to joining Laureus USA, James was Deputy Director at the Clinton Foundation, and Executive Director of Coach Across America with Up2Us Sports.
His co-authored book, “Youth Development and Physical Activity,” is used in sport for development degree programs nationally and internationally.
Matt Kanne
In 2009, while still in college, Matt Kanne set out to launch a grassroots basketball program and facility aimed at improving upon the frustrations he experienced in the basketball community throughout his career. He founded Open Gym in Southern California, which today has blossomed into several leading brands in club basketball that span across the west. With nearly 10 years in basketball, Matt has built an expansive network of contacts and infrastructure to support a range of programs and nearly 100 annual events.
Nina King
Nina King joined Duke in September 2008 and serves as the department’s Deputy Director of Athletics for Administration/Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff.
Nina is a member of the executive leadership team, providing guidance and strategic direction for the entire department. She has served on the NCAA Division I Committee on Institutional Performance, as well as several ACC and Duke University committees.
Nina graduated from Notre Dame and went on to earn a juris doctor degree from Tulane. She is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports, Sports Lawyers Association, Notre Dame National Monogram Club, and Florida Bar Association.
Betty Low
Betty Low is the Sacramento Kings Community Impact Director. After 25 years in non-profit social services and education in San Francisco and Sacramento, she joined the Kings to support the goals to impact the Sacramento community in health, education and sustainability efforts while supporting youth development. Bringing her experience and lens of community and youth development, diverse engagement and relationships with community partners and an interest to widen access and use of the platform, she is excited to continue this work in support of the Sacramento community.
John MacPhee
John serves as the Executive Director and CEO of The Jed Foundation, a leading non-profit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide among teens and young adults. John brings 25 years of leadership and management experience from the business and not-for-profit settings to his role. John advises several organizations, including the S. Jay Levy Fellowship for Future Leaders at City College, Trek Medics, Crisis Text Line, and HIV Hero.

John earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College and master’s degrees from New York University and Columbia. He received the Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence from the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Devin Markle
As Co-Director of Mindset Development for the Sports Academy, Devin works with individuals and teams to achieve their full potential both on and off the field. She has worked with youth development programs through Olympic and professional levels, and has developed curriculums for NFL and NBA pre-draft classes. Prior to joining the Sports Academy, Devin served as CEO of Top Flight Mentality, Inc.
Devin earned her undergraduate degree as a double major in psychology and English from Vermont, and her master’s degree in counseling and sport psychology at Boston.
David McGoy
David has worked as a fundraising consultant with a diverse range of sports-focused organizations, including America SCORES, Play Rugby USA, and Peace Players International. He has managed a $6 million grant from the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, secured a $1 million grant for the National Coach-Mentor Initiative, and worked with Dick’s Sporting Goods to plan and execute the $4 million Sports Matter Campaign.

In 2015, David founded ASSIST Development Consulting, with a goal to help charitable organizations achieve their missions. He is a certified fundraising executive with 25 years of experience and training in organizational development, fundraising, nonprofit management, and philanthropy.

Trevor Moawad
Trevor is one of the country’s most recognized and sought-after mental conditioning consultants, and was named the “World’s Best Brain Trainer” by Sports Illustrated in 2017. Prior to starting his own mental conditioning company, Trevor served as the Director of Mental Conditioning and Director of the IMG Performance Institute. More recently, Trevor was the Vice President of Pro/Elite Sports and Mindset at the Athletes Performance Institute (now EXOS), and is a consultant for Michael Johnson Performance. He has consistently appeared in the global media, including on ESPN, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, NPR, and USA Today. Trevor earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and Master’s Degree in Education from Occidental College.
Jermaine O'Neal
Jermaine was selected 17th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1996 NBA Draft, and became the youngest player to play in an NBA game. In 2002, Jermaine won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award, was named an NBA All-Star, and made the All-NBA Third Team. Jermaine played for the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and finished his career with the Golden State Warriors in 2014.
After retiring, Jermaine founded the Drive Nation Sports Complex, an athletic complex for young athletes that offers training and facilities to youth for various sports.
Dan Olson
Troy Pearson is the Director of the Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Basketball Academy, and also the lead trainer/mentor for Positive Coaching Alliance – Minnesota. As a former award-winning collegiate player, coach and athletics director, professional consultant, emcee, highly-sought after clinician, and writer who has authored the well-regarded coaching book Dare to Drill, Pearson is committed to developing positive cultures within sport. His unique approach enables individuals to grow personally, and equips them to influence others toward positive ways to create, cultivate, and convey athletic passion and prowess.
Josh Pastner

Josh was named head coach of Georgia Tech in 2016, guiding the Yellow Jackets to 34 wins in his first two years with the program, including a program-record 17 home wins in his first year. He also led Tech back to the postseason in 2017, defying all preseason expectations. Josh has also been honored by Positive Athlete Georgia, an organization which promotes the benefits of positivity among youth athletes, as the Most Positive College Coach.

In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Josh has made tireless efforts to promote the Georgia Tech program across campus and the city of Atlanta, recreating the home-court atmosphere witnessed in decades past.

Kevin Petty
Kevin joined the Gold Crown team in 2004, and has spent the last eight years as the Foundation’s Executive Director, where he oversees all Gold Crown business and fundraising operations.  Prior to his current position, Kevin ran the operations for Gold Crown Basketball & Volleyball.
Kevin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado and his MBA from the University of Colorado.  He currently holds a seat on the Denver Sports Commission Advisory Board.
Antonio Perez
Antonio got his start in pro sports in 2006 with the Orlando Magic. There, he took a handful of summer camps and developed them into a robust, year-round youth basketball program featuring camps, clinics, leagues, training, and special events.
In his current role as Senior Manager of Youth Basketball Programming for the Memphis Grizzlies, Antonio oversees all youth basketball efforts for the Grizzlies and its G League team, the Memphis Hustle. Antonio’s goal is to develop “Grizzlies Youth Basketball” into the Mid-South’s premier setting in which to learn, play, and enjoy the sport of basketball.
Jason Sacks
Jason Sacks is the Vice President of Business Development & Philanthropy for Positive Coaching Alliance, overseeing new chapter expansion, national partnerships, corporate partnerships, annual funds, NYSA fundraising, and major gifts. Jason also oversees PCA’s partnerships with national governing bodies and professional sports leagues. He holds an undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse, and a master’s degree in sports management from New York University. He also served as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team while at NYU. His other previous coaching stops include Egg Harbor Township High School (NJ) and Perspectives Charter High School (Chicago).
Sanyin Siang
Sanyin is a CEO coach, author, and the Executive Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE) at Duke. She helps leaders create value by focusing on mindset, behavioral change, and team and culture building.
Sanyin is an advisor for GV (former Google Ventures), Duke Corporate Education, and the Sports Innovation Lab. Her thought leadership has appeared in Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN.
Driven by the belief that today’s complex challenges require collaboration across public, private and social sectors, a theme through her work is convening interdisciplinary, diverse gatherings towards defining complex problems and implementing new approaches for solving them.
Michelle Smith-McDonald
Michelle is an accomplished sports journalist and author focused on telling the stories of women who have changed the face of sports.
Michelle has made significant contributions to sports coverage in her 25-plus years working for some of the nation’s largest media outlets, including ESPN, espnW, the San Francisco Chronicle, WNBA.com, Bleacher Report, and more.
Notable coverage includes the Women’s World Cup, as well as the NCAA Women’s Final Four and WNBA Finals. Michelle was named to the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015 and earned the 2017 Jake Wade National Media Award from the Collegiate Sports Information Directors Association.
Mike Strautmanis
As Chief Engagement Officer, Mike oversees community affairs and strategic partnerships for the Obama Foundation. In this position, he engages with local Chicagoans seeking to learn more about the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park and the Foundation’s mission to empower young leaders to give back to their communities.
Before joining the Obama Foundation, Mike spent over a decade in Washington, D.C, including four years as part of President Obama’s administration. He partnered with a diverse group of leaders to increase access to economic opportunity, strengthen the judicial system, and champion equity and inclusion in the White House, federal agencies, and Congress.
Mike received his bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees from Illinois.
Billy Welcome
After playing college basketball at St. Lawrence, Billy moved to Chicago to develop basketball players in the area. Billy spent more than 10 years with Full Package Athletics and served as the president & co-owner before starting ALL IN Athletics in August of 2014. In just four years, ALL IN has become the largest travel basketball program in Illinois and one of the biggest programs in the nation. As a leader of ALL IN Athletics, Billy has established an environment encompassing high quality basketball instruction and a culture valuing family and teamwork.
Stephanie White
During her career at Purdue, Stephanie was named National Player of the Year, Big Ten Player of the Year and NCAA Woman of the Year. After five seasons in the WNBA, she spent four years as a college assistant and eight as a WNBA assistant with Chicago and Indiana, helping the Fever to the 2012 championship. After two seasons as the Fever’s head coach, which included a 2015 Eastern Conference title, she became the coach at Vanderbilt, where she is entering her third season. While coaching in the WNBA, she served as an analyst for ESPN and the Big Ten Network.
Dominique Wilkins
Dominique began his NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks, and was instrumental to the team’s success in the mid-to-late ‘80s. He concluded his career with 26,668 points, and was the ninth all-time leading scorer in league history upon retirement.
Since his retirement, Dominique held several titles within the Atlanta Hawks front office, currently serving as Vice President of Basketball and Special Advisor to the CEO. He has also become a leader in the community, and is extremely active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and American Lunch Association.

Brendan Winters
Brendan Winters, the son of NBA player and coach, Brian Winters, played college basketball at Davidson from 2002-06 where he holds many records and was an All-American. After graduating with a degree in English, Brendan headed overseas to play professionally. In his five-year career, he played for teams in France, Germany, Hungary, and Greece. When he retired in 2011, Brendan decided to pursue Pro Skills Basketball full-time along with his teammate and co-founder, Logan Kosmalski. Since then Pro Skills Basketball has grown to have locations in many US cities as well as internationally in England and China.

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