The mission of this non-profit organization is to allow student athletes the opportunity to play competitive basketball, enhance their skills, and be prepared for their next grade level of basketball, ultimately making an impact at the high school, college, and beyond levels. We follow the principles of the Amateur Athletic Association Organization (AAU).
Through our pillars we will also teach them to be successful leaders off the court in their communities (service), at home (family), and in the classroom through commitment to academics and other activities/athletics.
We will also share the importance of proper health and fitness, to help them excel at the next level of whatever paths or careers they pursue to be successful and impactful in society.
All of this to develop and support our vision of developing a family like atmosphere and be a well-respected organization within the State.
Don, a former HS Basketball Player, has been an active youth coach and avid community sports member for the last 15 plus years coaching multiple boys and girls sports (basketball, baseball, soccer, and softball) in the Ann Arbor-Saline, Grand Rapids, and Lansing, Michigan areas. He has a passion for coaching, developing, and motivating kids.
He has coached at many different levels including at the recreational, travel, and AAU levels. In 2009-10, he started the Mid Michigan Excel AAU Basketball Club. He also serves on his local basketball board, where he previously served as President for two years.
As a health care professional, he understands the importance of health and fitness along with developing quality, student athletes. Don has two degrees, one from Michigan State University in Biochemistry and a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Michigan.
He and his wife Nancy have two children, who were active in multiple sports, including one at the NCAA Division 1 Level.