Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittney Thomas.
Brittney, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up in Inglewood, California, the grassroots basketball consisted of girls playing with the boys at our local YMCA. Playing with the boys is where I first found my niche and love for the game of basketball, and as a student-athlete. This love carried me to see multiple CIF-SS championships, as well a state championship. Earning a mention as a McDonalds All-American. These successes led me to earn a basketball scholarship at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
As a former collegiate student-athlete, I kept a close fingerprint within the game of basketball and found the desire and need to fill the gap within rising affairs and details other student-athletes may encounter through their own journeys. Such encounters may include the simplicity of accepting a college offer, to the complexity of understanding the process, expectations, responsibilities and obstacles that are demanded of each student-athlete. This education helps to prepare each student-athlete, not only as basketball players, but as successful men and women within their eventual business careers and overall wellness.
What started first as an idea eventually became a brick and mortar. We launched on the shoulders of nine young student-athletes to springboard our first year. We have seen steady growth, as we have constantly doubled in size each year.
Has it been a smooth road?
“Smooth” is definitely not a descriptive word to describe ABA coming into fruition. For one, we are a female-led and operated basketball academy challenging the territory of predominately male stomping grounds. By saying this, we have found ourselves with a 95%-100% male following and student population each year. We have been blessed with a strong foundation and tight nucleus of families and supporters who, not only trust us with their student-athletes, but desire to see us all succeed. This has led us to see many opportunities, though we are still young.
Some of these opportunities include annual trips to Oregon to explore the Nike Headquarters and the Nike Hoop Summit, and growing relationships with basketball clubs in Japan, France and Africa. Our trajectory continues to rise despite many obstacles and challenges. We are hopeful for more promising discoveries as we continue to progress.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Above & Beyond Athletics, known also as ABA Academy, specializes in developing and educating student-athletes, using basketball as the hook to motivate and drive them. Watching our student-athletes succeed, graduate, and find their purpose within their journeys creates the depth and fuel for what ABA is most proud of. What sets us apart is our integrity, commitment and ability to carve aspiring student-athletes into influential leaders and masterminds within their sports, careers and communities.
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