physical therapy and rehabilitation March 2019
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THE LEGACY OF FL INT’S F INEST Inspiring the Next Generation
One of my greatest joys in life is basketball. I have many fond memories from childhood summers spent playing three-on- three at the downtown YMCA. March Madness will be starting up soon and as a basketball fan, a lot of people want to knowmy predictions. But the truth is, I won’t be spending much time watching college ball. Traditionally, March is when my traveling basketball organization, Flint’s Finest Basketball Club, begins the spring season. I founded Flint’s Finest 11 years ago with the goal of promoting positive values like discipline, commitment, leadership, and integrity in the young men of the Flint community. Since our very first practice, Flint’s Finest has grown more than I could have imagined, becoming something truly great. Our teams — one for fourth grade and more from seventh to 11th grade — are full of young men who love playing basketball and want to learn how to work hard. As we’ve grown as an organization, we’ve been able to start traveling out of state for some games, which is something many of these kids have never been able to do before.
“Flint’s Finest is about more than playing basketball. I
started the club to inspire kids in my community to grow. ”
There are a lot of ways Flint’s Finest is able help these young men grow. I’m not the only coach anymore. We work with a lot of talented people in the community who act as coaches and role models. Anytime you can put kids around successful adults, they get to see for themselves what it is possible to achieve. Plus, when kids are given the opportunity to excel in sports it can open doors for them. Over the years we’ve had a number of kids win sports scholarships thanks to the skills they learned with Flint’s Finest. But athletics aren’t the only skills these kids learn in sports. When I look back at the very first Flint’s Finest teams, not all of those kids got sports scholarships, but they all went to college. Going to college is really important, because that’s how kids can find where they shine. Flint’s Finest is about more than playing basketball. I started the club to inspire kids in my community to grow— that’s what life is all about. We take the knowledge we learn in life and pass it on to the next generation, giving them the tools to become even more successful than we are. When the kids of today grow up to become even better adults, it makes the whole world a better place to live. If you know a young man who would like to play on one of our teams, or if you are interested in volunteering with Flint’s Finest, you can learn more at FlintsFinestBasketball.org . I am really proud of what Flint’s Finest has become, and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow.
This year we’ve joined the national circuit hosted by the Under Armour Association (UAA). This is a very exciting opportunity! Our middle school teams — seventh and eighth grade —will be playing in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Kansas City over the spring and summer. A
lot of planning goes into this event as we make sure our kids will be safe and have a great time in these cities. Most of the kids in Flint’s Finest have never traveled out of state before. When I was young, I traveled for bowling tournaments, and I remember how much of an impression it made on me to realize that the world was so much bigger than my town. I’m glad to be able to share this experience with the kids on our teams.
-Dr. Jerome Adams
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