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AAU Basketball, Arize Ijefika, Daily Uplift, LLC, More Than Basketball, Organized youth sports -

More than 36 million children participate in organized youth sports each year. For sports influencer Arize Ifejika, this number means he has to work harder to make sure that youths in lower-income communities are part of that conversation. “You’re competing with the best of the best,” he said. “You’re dealing with the actual landscape, where […]

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AAU Basketball, Alabama, D-Free, Stanford -

This is a personal story about the power of family trajectories. I have three teenage sons: Cassius, 19, Cornelius, 17, and Carnegie, 13. My oldest just finished his freshman year as a business major and cornerback at the University of San Diego, a top academic school and a top-ranked NCAA Division I FCS football program. […]

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AAU Basketball, Basketball, California Golden Bears, Coastal Carolina, D-Free, Penn State Nittany Lions, Robert Morris University, Women's Basketball, Women's College Basketball -

One of the most heartbreaking basketball moments Lindsay Gottlieb ever witnessed came outside a summer AAU tournament. Gottlieb, head women’s coach at the University of California, Berkeley, was leaving when she overheard a father telling his clearly miserable daughter, “I didn’t pay all this money for you to come here and miss shots and not […]

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AAU Basketball, D-Free, Duquesne Dukes, NCB -

Keith Dambrot holds the keys to the kingdom. As head men’s basketball coach at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Dambrot is one of 700 Division I men’s and women’s coaches with the power to award a scholarship to play college basketball at the highest level. He is a gatekeeper of the “D-Free” dream — a free […]

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AAU Basketball, D-Free, NCB, Scholarships, Youth Sports -

Lonnae O’Neal is a mom/stepmom to six kids, four of whom are athletes. This year, for the first time, all three of her bonus kids play travel basketball. She’s salty. Jesse Washington has four kids. They all hoop. His oldest son, a high school senior, accepted a Division I scholarship from Drexel University. His 15-year-old […]

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AAU Basketball, Locker Room Talk -

I first met Tyrous Ingram and his son Will in spring 2016 at a three-day camp hosted by the Yale men’s basketball coach James Jones. Ingram was a rising high school senior and competing along with 100 other players in hopes of catching the eye of a member of the Yale staff or one of […]

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AAU Basketball, Basketball, High School Sports, NBA, NBA Draft, NCB, Toronto Raptors -

In the distant suburbs of Toronto, the latest in the wave of Canadian basketball prodigies continued their quest to join the invasion of a sport long dominated by their southern neighbors. The ballers ran through offensive drills under the watchful eye of some of their country’s top coaches, and a few NBA scouts. They effortlessly […]

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2017 NBA Playoffs, AAU Basketball, California, Compton, Houston Rockets, James Harden, NBA -

A beardless James Harden once took long bus rides from the streets of Compton, California, to his high school gym as the sun came up. A focused teenager dreaming of the NBA was up early working on his hoop skills at 7 a.m. before his first class. Today, the 2017 NBA MVP candidate is focused […]

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AAU Basketball, High School Sports, Laeticia Amihere, Team Canada, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. She is Laeticia Amihere; hear her roar, and watch her soar through the air as she lays down this massive dunk while playing a spring basketball tournament at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Virginia. The Ontario, Canada, resident played a one-woman game, as she knocked the ball ahead of herself, scooped up […]

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