Glidehoyas getting ready for the big week at The John Thompson III Georgetown Basketball School
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My Gtown tees we received I put my son's name over my heart there definitely was a connection the whole week
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2011 John Thompson III Georgetown Basektball School Champs!
Bottom Row (left to right) Coach Kent, Kevin Broadus, Lorenzo Foresti, Aaron Nedd
Back Row (left to right): MVP Cole Randolph, Skyler Speakthunder, Yari Tavani, Most Improved Player Jeremy Collier, Carlos Spatoco
Just one our 4th game team happy and humbled
Hello Hoyanation and friend it's been a minute. Happy to write to you about my great life experience in an "amazing, magically and historic" week at the 2011 John Thompson III Georgetown Basketball School. I'm sure when you do something special whether it's for someone else or something special happens to you you can't wait to tell that "magnificient" story to someone.
Nearly ever year since my son has passed away from osteosarcoma (bone cancer) I have dedicated the Georgetown basketball school to my son in his honor. So, this gives me a week to teach basketball through life at a place I call my other home and favorite basketball team on any level the Georgetown Hoyas.
Everyday before or during camp, I asked my son to help me do my best no matter what the circumstances contained. I was going to give 120% not 100%. As always I'm zoned out! I always believe in going the extra mile to be successful, and it showed duirng this "magical" week. The camp started June 20, 2011 and ended on June 24, 2011. I got sick the night of the first day of camp which was on a Monday. It was cool outside and cold inside the gymnasium and I had been sweating.
The combination did not go well, but that didn't stop me because I knew I was on a mission. At the end of camp Coach Thompson said, "I didn't think you would make it." Thank God I did, and thank you Chavis for giving me that extra "umph." It seems when you do something for someone you love and miss you go the extra two miles to reach your goal's of success. Speaking of going the extra mile check out this photo of my point guard Aaron Nedd after we had won our 5 straight game. Talking about being humble and reading. Great thing!
Was great to work alongside former Hoya great's Dikembe Mutombo and Al Harrington. Former Hoya great Dikembe Mutombo as camp counselor at the 2011 John Thompson III Georgetown Basketball School this to say about the camp,
Campers from Italy gather around to take a photo with former Wizard Coach Eddie Jordan and Dikembe Mutombo before camp starts. The Italian kids are really good and tough.
To the left in white Hoya tee Coach Kenya Hunter, Coach David Howze, (blue), Othella Harrington (blue) and Coach Brennan in white Hoya shirt talking to campers
Camp counselors and Dikembe Mutombo chatting before camp starts
Glidehoyas and former Hoya great big man Dikembe Mutombo at the 2011 John Thompson III Georgetown Basketball School
Oklahoma City Thunder Superstar Kevin Durant stops through McDonough to say hello
One of my players doing the layup the right way love the development of players
Outside teaching the game of basketball at the John Thompson III Basketball School
Trying to get everyone together so we can even the teams out
One of my kids pushing the rock with me in the background saying, "Push It"
I was assigned Team 6 and that team ended up being called the Thunder in the NBA Division the camps highest division. After the camps stations, 3 on 3's, one on one's and free throw shooting contests we had our games particularly after lunch. Either I'm refereeing or we're playing the first game after lunch whichever way the game schedule's are. Anyways, that part of the day is the "most" challenging and of course rewarding. Having to referee and then coach was a "tough" task, but as always I would mentally prepare myself through any circumstance.
Of course, refereeing requires lots of energy and running. Was I up for the tasks? Yes, I was I had no choice, I was still on a mission. Coaching was just what it was coaching. Being vocal, giving directions, motivating, staying confident, stay focused, teaching and most of all keeping everthing in perspective because I knew this was a camp for kids to "develop" in, not me trying to win at all costs. If a kid could not keep control of the ball in a dribbling drill but in the fourth day of camp he could "now" control the dribble. That's just "one" of the things that gets me excited about coaching the game of basketball the "fundamentals and development."
To make a long story short all of games were very competitive, but I looked at the clock and then told my team to look at the clock and to keep our heads up we still have a ways to go. They did! The Thunder hung in there and pulled out the win in our first game of the day. We also won our second game of the day and were 2-0.
I was happy for our team in what they had accomplished for the day, but I told my team, "hey, guys we have to stay focused and take it one game at a time. Other teams are going to be talking trash to you and me, and they were, but by me keeping everything in perspective knowing this camp is a "developmental" camp it really didn't bother me too much." But, I did say to one kid, "okay now if my team beats your team, don't start crying and complaining, and he said, "okay coach, bet." Our team beat their's and the young man was very complimentary after the game, and I told him good job.
For the rest of the week my team the Thunder continued to win and remain undefeated, but believe me that was the hardest thing to do staying undefeated. "As a coach there are some players you worry about and you worry, how can I stop their best player from attacking and scoring at will?" This wasn't very hard to figure out as it seemed my son was around in spirit. There was a quick thought in my head, "most importantly after my team shoots the ball whether they miss the shot or make it, get back quickly on defense because these team's best players love to attack, so once everyone quickly gets back on defense, close off all the lanes, but I had to quickly coach them to accomplish these tasks, it worked I was like ah man, thanks Chavis."
This is one of many times I knew my son was guiding me right through the hard work and storms my team had to overcome especially going into the semifinals and the final game. The semifinal game was a hard game because we had to play back to back games. My team was completely tired and drained. It was Thursday and they had gave it everything they had even myself. I calmly said a prayer and asked Chavis to give me some energy so I/we could finish this camp off with a bang. We did! This time it was for the 2011 John Thompson III Georgetown Basketball School NBA Divison Championship at 7-0! My team won in what Coach Thompson said, "this is the best championship I've ever seen in the history of the Georgetown Basketball School."
When he said this I was "stunned and thankful!" I jokingly said and to my son, "Chavis what did you do?" The championship game was very very competitive filled with lots of drama. The game went into "double overtime." Who would of imagined or visioned this is the way the championship would turn out. Yes, you probably here some folks saying, "it's just a camp championship and what have you."
John Thompson Jr. and Georgetown University President DeGioia
Reach One Teach One
Coach John Thompson III congratulating me and Team Thunder for our double overtime win in the Georgetown Basketball School Championship he dubbed as the most exciting and competive game ever played at this school...
Team Thunder receiving their 2011 Georgetown Basketball School championship trophies from Coach Thompson III and Coach Kirby...I'm congratulating my players...I think I'm the shortest out there lol
One of my players receiving his trophy from Coach Thompson...I'm reading off the names of the champs...Champ standing beside was my point guard...
One more trophy to hand out to the kid all the way to the left that hit the 3 pointer to send the game into overtime...
MVP first gray tee and over to the left in the gray tee is the Most Improved Player
One last huddle for Team Thunder
Farewell Team Thunder man I love this team...
I was taking a photo of a couple of the kids from Italy, but all of them jump into the photo love these kids they were awesome and very competitive
After camp was over I went home and thought about my son Chavis and how I would like to have a trophy for him...Thanks Coach Thompson III
Chavis and I
Peace and Love Hoyanation and friends!
I still do it all for you son, didn't know I could you gave me the okay, so I just wanted to thank you Chavis and thank the Georgetown Basketball School for giving me the opportunity to spread my wings for you and our team Thunder!
PUT IT ON THE LINE
Some stuff from Facebook I wrote and the comments from others lol:
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!