ABOUT

American Ballers mission is to enhance the lives of individuals educationally by providing life skills while playing sports.

American Ballers conducts free national basketball clinics, football clinics, and education workshops teaching Careers, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Mental Health & Wellness, and Social Awareness to youth ages 10-17.

American Ballers clinics are coached by current and former NBA, NFL, and WNBA players. Our education workshops are taught by local professionals in the community.

Participants of American Ballers clinics have the chance to receive internship opportunities through workshop educators, and their organizations.

The Global Ballers Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, and is the fiscal conduit for American Ballers to provide educational programs and events.

WHY?

  • According to the U.S Census Bureau, of the 19.7 million youth, 1 in 4 live without a father in the home.
  • Youth who experience socioeconomic disadvantages, and fatherless homes are more likely to have low academic performance, more likely to be thrust into the school to prison pipeline, have higher rates of suicide, and are more prone to health issues.
  • 48,000 youth in the United States are confined in facilities away from home as a result of the criminal justice system.
  • Ohio University Master of Athletic Administration states that youth sports provides multiple health and social benefits just by participating in sports programs.
  • 88% of youth nationally experienced an improvement in physical health, and 73% said that sports enhanced their mental health.
  • 55% of parents say that sports will benefit their children academically, and improve their future careers.
  • 7% of high school athletes play sports in college, with 1.8% playing at the Division 1 level.
  • 1.2% of collegiate student athletes will play at a professional level.
  • 98.8% of collegiate student athletes will not play professional sports.
  • 78% of NFL players are broke two years after retirement, and 60% of NBA players are broke five years after retirement.
  • Not every student will become a professional athlete, but every student can benefit from the core skills of life off of the court and field.

FOUNDER

Sean Birdsong – Founder

Sean Birdsong is a former athlete who understands the impact that mentorship can have on the next generation.

After graduating from Bonner Springs High School in Kansas, Sean accepted a basketball scholarship to Highland Community College and NCAA II Lincoln University. He would go on to play professionally in the CBA and PBL.

Following his playing career, Sean assisted with basketball camps, and provided skill development coaching in the NBA circuit with the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Legends, and the NBA G-League Combine. He also served as an assistant coach for two seasons at Blue Valley North High School in Kansas.

Sean has worked in the behavioral healthcare system providing mental health, and behavioral healthcare for youth, and adults. He has also worked in the school system in special education assisting students with academic, and behavior challenges.

Sean holds a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Mid America Nazarene University.

EVENTS

Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Nets Basketball Academy
November, 2022

Charlotte, North Carolina
Queens University of Charlotte
November 5, 2022
Featuring: Former Charlotte Hornets Player George Lynch

Kansas City Metro Area
October, 2022
Featuring: Former Kansas City Chiefs Shawn Barber, Deron Cherry, Danan Hughes, Chase Coffman

Washington, D.C.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington
July 29, 2022
Featuring: WNBA Player Carolyn Moos
Guest Speakers: Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Dandridge & Chris Monroe
Virtual Speaker: United States Senator Tim Scott

Aston, Pennsylvania
Neumann University
Jr. 76ers Academy
July 27, 2022

Brooklyn, New York
NYPD Community Center
Circles of Support
July 9, 2022
Featuring: 4x NBA All-Star Michael Ray Richardson

Miami, Florida
JL and Enid Demps Park Recreation Center
Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation
July 2, 2022
Featuring: Former Miami Heat Player Mark Strickland

East Rutherford, New Jersey
Meadowlands YMCA
Brooklyn Nets Basketball Academy
May 28, 2022

Dallas, Texas
Mesquite Boys & Girls Club
April 1, 2022
Featuring: ABA Player Willie Davis & NBA Veteran Jimmy King

Brooklyn, New York
Barclays Center
Brooklyn Nets Basketball Academy
November 15, 2021
Featuring: 4x NBA All-Star Otis Birdsong & 3x NBA All-Star Buck Williams

Miami, Florida
Gwen Cherry Park
Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation
July 3, 2021
Featuring: Former Miami Heat Player Mark Strickland

Houston, Texas
Boys & Girls Club
December 5, 2020
Featuring: Former Houston Rockets Player Major Jones
Guest Speaker: Houston Rockets Player Bruno Caboclo

Tenafly, New Jersey
Kaplan JCC on the Palisades
October 18, 2020
Virtual Guest Speaker: Former New Jersey Nets Player Albert King

Atlanta, Georgia
Hoop Nation Atlanta
June 6, 2020
Featuring: WNBA All-Star Tiffany Hayes
Guest Speaker: Charlotte Hornets Player Dwyane Bacon

Chicago, Illinois
Southside YMCA
February 15, 2020
NBA All-Star Weekend
Featuring: 4x NBA All-Stars Otis Birdsong & Michael Ray Richardson

Chicago, Illinois
Dunbar Vocational High School
February 14, 2020
NBA All-Star Weekend
Featuring: NBA Veteran Kareem Rush
Guest Speakers: Brooklyn Nets Owners Joe & Clara Tsai

Orlando, Florida
Downtown Recreation Complex
Orlando Parks & Recreation
December 14, 2019
Featuring: Former Orlando Magic Players Nick Anderson & Chucky Atkins

Orlando, Florida
NBA Legends Night
Amway Arena
December 13, 2019
Featuring: Orlando Magic & NBA Legends

Los Angeles, California
Boys & Girls Club
Los Angeles Lakers Health & Fitness Basketball Clinic
August 29, 2019
Featuring: 2x NBA All-Star Norm Nixon

Brooklyn, New York
Barclays Center
December 20, 2018
Featuring: 4x NBA All-Stars Otis Birdsong & Michael Ray Richardson

MEDIA

OUR THANKS TO

GEORGE TINSLEY

MURRAY STINSON

SCOTT TESSER

DR. KENNETH CIOLLI

WARREN BRIDGES

CONTACT

 americanballers16@gmail.com