physical therapy and rehabilitation December 2017
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THE STORY OF FL INT ’S F INEST BASKETBAL L CLUB Inspiring Success M y first semester of college at the University of Michigan-Flint was one of my life’s biggest challenges. I struggled with time management in addition to being overwhelmed by a new schedule and “This year-round basketball league is dedicated to promoting positive values like
massive workload. As much as I wanted to succeed, it felt like I was destined to fail as I fell more and more behind with my work. I’m not sure I could have made it were it not for a professor in the chemistry department by the name of Dr. Robert Stack. Before coming to Michigan, Stack taught at Stanford University, which was a big deal on campus. When he learned of my struggles, we worked to create a plan of action. We arranged my schedule to meet requirements of my major and allow for the greatest success. His guidance ultimately enabled me to be successful and get into the physical therapy program. This man’s willingness to help a struggling student stuck with me, and I have always aimed to return the favor to another young person in need of guidance. Nine years ago, I founded the nonprofit Flint’s Finest Basketball Club. This year-round basketball league is dedicated to promoting positive values like discipline, commitment, leadership, and integrity in the youth of the Flint community. I’ve always loved basketball. In high school, I never played for the school during the season, but I would play during the summer. There’s nothing I enjoyed more than playing basketball in three-on-three tournaments and at the downtown Y.M.C.A.
discipline, commitment, leadership, and integrity in the youth of the Flint community.”
When I made plans to create an opportunity to give back to the Flint community, basketball was the logical avenue. I really enjoy coaching youth basketball, and I see it as a way to mentor young people and encourage them to go to college. Organized sports are a great way to build kids’ self-esteem and teach them important life skills, like teamwork and perseverance. We started with just one team, and each year we’ve grown. Now, we have five teams, with players ranging from third grade to 10th grade. It was never my intention to become a huge program, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to help so many young athletes learn to better themselves. Plus, I don’t have to do it all alone. We have a number of amazing donors who help make it possible for all our athletes to participate every year. A big thank you to Looby Baumgarten P.C., Young Owosso, Moneyball Sportswear, and Kroger for supporting Flint’s Finest Basketball Club. I believe those who have achieved success in their lives have a responsibility to lead their community by example. There’s a need for strong role models, and I know from personal experience how valuable a role model can be. If you are interested in giving back to the community through coaching, or if you know an athlete who wants to come out and play, feel free to visit flintsfinestbasketball.org for more information about the club. Coaching and managing Flint’s Finest Basketball Club is a humbling experience, and I’m proud to do what I can for these kids.
-Dr. Jerome Adams
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