Basketball Basics started in 2008 by basketball enthusiast, player and coach Antony Nembhard. The ideology behind the program was to have a safe and fun enviornment where fundamental basketball skills were a staple. He envisioned a program that would not only allow children in the community to enjoy being active but also one that would help them develop confidence, self-esteem and a love for the game of basketball.
In 2009 a slim built 8 year old walked into our program, a referral from friends of Basketball Basics. She was shy, intimidated and wanted nothing to do with basketball. Her Mother, a former college player wanted her daughter to learn the fundamentals of Basketball in a safe and nurturing environment. Unfortunately the thought of running around on a basketball court, much less with boys, was a daunting and unfavourable task to this young lady. After some encouragement and assurances she quickly became one of the greatest lovers of the game. It was a short period of time before it was communicated to us that this young protégé was spending hours on her driveway, trying to perfect the skills she learned at our sessions each week. Consequently, her newly found desire and her fundamental development with Basketball Basics helped her surpass players with years more experience, when she joined a competitive program three years later. Currently she has been selected as a Canadian Future Athlete with an opportunity to be a part of the Canadian Women’s Junior / Senior Basketball Team.
This story is an exemplar of characteristics and traits we try to instil in our participants in an effort to develop confident, success oriented and self-empowered youth.
Community begins with “I” and ends with “US”
Basketball Basics is a not-for-profit organization whose focus is a skills fundamental development program for children ages 4-15. The game of basketball is used as a vehicle to instil life characteristics, a sense of community and individual self-worth. Each participant is allowed to celebrate their own success as they Play, Learn and Grow through our program developing Skills, Character and Foundation for both Basketball and Life.
Basketball Basics is able to accommodate children of different age groups and skill levels by simplifying the game to its core elements. Regardless of experience or age each participant is challenged to hone their individual skills. Teaching methods include a mixture of individual and group instruction to improve form and method. The learned skills are then applied in a progressive game that emphasizes FUN and TEAMWORK.
Basketball Basics House League emphasizes all the skills and techniques the children learn. This progressive game encourages an atmosphere of 100 percent effort and good sportsmanship at game speed.
Basketball Basics Principles
Basketball Basics aims to teach and expose its participants to the following life skills through sport:
Leadership - being the focus of a particular activity where others await instruction or direction
Conflict Resolution - learning how to resolve issues in a non violent manner
Work Ethic - setting goals and working toward positive results emphasizing progress as opposed to perfection.
Socialization - learning to collaborate and cooperate with others of different origins and backgrounds
Independent Learning - experience of working on your own to accomplish individual goals.
Healthy Life Style - a well rounded life style includes mental and physical activity as a daily regiment.
Fun - laughter is an essential key to living well. As these children learn they find enjoyment in group participation and individual growth.
Basketball Basics began in September 2008 to service the Durham Communities. We've had great success and look forward to many years of helping this community love the game of Basketball
Board of Directors:
President: Antony Nembhard
Vice President: Vinton Reece
Vice President Finance: Precious Nembhard
Donations Co-ordinator: Tammy Williams
Mailing Address: 30 Catkins Cres, Whitby, Ontario, L1R 2Z8