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Ball By Yourself®

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Chad Briscoe and his son, Jamir, have created a basketball training tool called Ball By Yourself® Strap, the world’s first and only basketball training tool that allows players to train 100% of the time without ever chasing after loose balls, focusing on fitness, basketball skill development and safety while creating muscle memory through repetition.

Being a former European Professional Basketball player, former college All-American & former college and high school coach, Chad knows a thing or two about how important skill development is. His product works effectively for all players from age 5 up to adults.

He comments, “With the help of my son, I created Ball By Yourself® Strap to give kids an opportunity to see someone who looks like them who also had similar aspirations as them growing up to play professionally. My goal was to also help those who to want to ‘go pro’ to realize that they can do so in something other than just playing sports.”

“The reality is that only 1.3% of college players get drafted by the NBA, and they need to know that there are other career paths in the sports industry,” Chad adds. “Through our impact they will be inspired to formulate ideas that will possibly create products that will enhance the whole sports industry.”

Ball By Yourself® is currently being used by AAU, High School, College and D-league players across the country and has been sold to players in Brazil, Turkey, Spain, Australia and the UK. The product is also used as a physical fitness tool by kids and adults. It supports rehabilitation of injured players as well as patients with muscle restrictions (helping with arthritis to loosen muscles with passing & dribbling repetitions) and those who are wheelchair users.

With the collaboration between the NBA and the continent of Africa, children and adults from all 54 countries will have an opportunity to use this new training tool which promotes fundamentals without requiring a basketball court or even a partner. The product allows players to use their own 27.5, 28.5 or 29.5 basketball with the strap for convenience.

Ball By Yourself® is currently being sold online at www.BallByYourself.com as well as at AAU tournaments, camps and clinics across the country. The company was a vendor at last year’s Jam-On-It tournament in Reno, Nevada – the largest AAU basketball tournament in the country, hosting over 1,100 youth basketball teams. They sold out of their products after the first day of the event.

For investment opportunities, send an email to chad@ballbyyourself.com or call 925-698-2384.

Watch their Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS79OwLWg7o&feature=youtu.be

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Jackson State Football Team On Probation

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Deion Sanders is the NHCIC (New Head Coach In Charge) at Jackson State University; however, he’s going to have to work through some drama that took place before his being named the team’ new coach.

Last week the NCAA reported that the Jackson State football team had violated NCAA Certification and recruiting rules (between 2014-2018) according to an agreement released by the Division 1 Committee on Infractions and the team was placed on two year’s probation also resulting in a fine of $5,000, a recruiting ban and other penalties. The university and the NCAA enforcement staff agreed that 34 student-athletes had practiced and competed before receiving final certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center. The university also acknowledged and agreed that it failed to monitor its certification process.

For more on the developed story visit www.ncaa.org.

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LAKER NATION IS BACK

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On the heels of early voting, Sunday Night Football, political debates, playing through a pandemic, and everything else going on in the world, the LA Lakers won the 2020 NBA Finals Championship inside the first ever “NBA Bubble.” Lakers clinched the game 6 win over the Miami Heat with their 106-93 victory. The Lakers are now tied with the Boston Celtics for the most NBA championship wins in NBA league history; they each have 17 apiece.

This championship was unique and historic in more ways than one. With the burning reminder of former Laker Kobe Bryant’s death, Laker championship drought frustrations, players vocally expressing their thoughts on race and inequality (the Black Lives Movement), and spending months quarantined at Walt Disney Resort playing in the midst of COVID-19, these were all factors and fighting motivation for the 2020 Lakers team. It had been 10 years since the Lakers last Championship win when Kobe lead the team.

This win was Lebron James’ 4th NBA championship title and 4th NBA Finals MVP title (with 3 different teams; Cleveland 2012 & 2016, Miami 2013, and LA 2020).

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Naomi Osaka Wins 2020 US Open

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No. 4 seed Naomi Osaka rallied for a thrilling 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka to win the women’s singles title at the 2020 US Open.

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