“You have not lived a perfect day until you’ve done something for someone who can NOT re-pay you.”

~ Coach John Wooden, UCLA

Basics Sports Participates in Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Report to the NCAA

This report is COMPLETELY IN LINE with our thinking, approach, and execution.

This Press Release is written by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, with notable assistance from David Robinson, Grant Hill, and other well-known players, coaches, and university administrators. Basics Sports is proud to have participated in the compilation of the report.

As discussed in the findings, the root of the problem the NCAA has experienced in D1 Men’s basketball BEGINS in Youth Basketball. We take our position in the community with your children very seriously. We agree with the report that the current youth basketball model needs to be corrected on many fronts. The report details these problems and offers concrete steps to help solve them. 

Email questions: [email protected]

Coach McGannon,


Hope this note finds you well. Condi delivered the Commission on College Basketball’s recommendations to the NCAA just now and she wanted to be sure you received a copy of the report, the recommendations and the press release containing her remarks from the press conference. Additionally, here is the link to the Commission’s website where this all will live:


On behalf of Condi and the Commission on College Basketball, thank you for your help, insight, and input during this process. Putting the “college” back in college basketball has been and will continue to be a collaborative effort for all those who care about the futures of student-athletes. Thank you again for your willingness to help contribute to this ever important effort.


~ Best, Shannon York
Chief of Staff, Office of Condoleezza Rice
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Basics assist in Newtown, CT, the Sandy Hook incident.

“We are NOT going to let the darkness overwhelm us.”

Coach McGannon grew up in Connecticut and was in Newtown frequently as his parent’s good friends lived there. Jim played many times at Sandy Hook elementary school. Since the tragic events of 2012, Basics has returned each December over the Christmas break to run basketball training for that community’s kids. All money raised has gone to the Newtown Youth Academy.  1:50 video

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No More Sidelines (NMS)

Basics Sports has served on the Board of No More Sidelines since 2011. NMS is a group of 300+ special needs children, mainly from Muskegon and Kent Counties.

Among many activities (the theater, charter fishing, the symphony, field trips, etc), Basics also arranges basketball and other games with local REGULAR ED teams. The only kids who benefit more from these games than our special needs kids are the High School players themselves, who learn key life skills such as patience, caring, perspective, communication, cooperation and humor to name just a few. 

Our Basics coaches and players love working with these kids.  WATCH THE VIDEO–it is a celebration!

Humboldt Park, Chicago Outreach

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely help another without also helping himself.”  Emerson  

Chicago has had its share of ups and downs over the years, and the Humboldt Park area has been a flash point for too many injuries and tragedies. Basics Sports headed to the Windy City recently to simply play hoops with kids in that torn community.  All donations raised go to the Children’s Program New Life Centers- Humboldt Park

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