ABOUT

American Ballers mission is to enhance the lives of youth educationally through the game of basketball, while enforcing the importance of education. American Ballers conducts free education basketball clinics around the nation for youth ages 7-17.

We invite former and current NBA and WNBA players to coach the camps and clinics while also providing them with life skills off the court. Our education focus topics are Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, Mental Health & Wellness, and Social Awareness.

WHY?

  • The National Center for Children in Poverty reports that 43% of youth in the United States live in low-income families.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, of the 19.7 million youth, 1 in 4 live without a father in the home.
  • 48,000 youth in the United States are confined in facilities away from home as a result of the criminal justice system.
  • 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.
  • 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 experienced an improvement in physical health and 73% said that sports enhanced their mental health.
  • In 2019, the CDC reported that 13.7 million children were suffering from obesity in the Unites States.
  • Youth ages 6-11 years old make up 18.4% of cases, youth ages 12-19 make up 20.6% of cases, and adults make up 42.2%
  • Youth sports provides multiple health, and social benefits with 88% of youth saying that they experienced an improvement in physical health, with 73% of youth saying that sports enhanced their mental health.
  • According to the NCAA, an estimated 3.4% of high school athletes in America get the opportunity to play basketball at the collegiate level.
  • 1.2% of collegiate student athletes play at the professional level.
  • 98.8% of collegiate student athletes will not become professional basketball players.
  • Not every student will become a professional athlete, but every student can benefit from the core skills of life off the basketball court.

TEAM

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 camps and provided skill development coaching in the NBA circuit with Ball Stars Youth Camp, 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 founded Nothing But Net Sports in 2015 which programs promote a healthy living for youth through the game of basketball and physical fitness. He has worked in the behavioral healthcare field and continues to work in the school system in special education.

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

Sharon Thomas Letalon – Consultant

With 20 plus years in the financial industry and event planning, Ms. Letalon has developed a very diverse skill set with a focus on helping others. Her professional background ranges from working as a senior financial analyst to working for Bankers Trust institutional bank in the Endowments and Foundation division. It was here that sparked her passion for social enterprise, as she worked with major foundations on behalf of the bank.

After relocating to Orlando, Ms. Letalon continued her career on the retail side of finance by working as an independent financial planner, in addition to working with the NBA. From 2011-2015, Ms. Letalon served as the COO of the NBA Retired Players Association Orlando Chapter, and continues to work in their non-profit sector in various events around the country.

As a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, she credits Marymount for being an important part of who she is. “They gave me the strength to stand up and be a global citizen that can help give those who don’t have a voice a platform to be heard, and the opportunity to achieve their goals. Ms. Letalon believes that the power to effect change is the duty of each generation!

Peter De La Cruz – Graphic Design & Video Editor

Peter works with American Ballers assisting with graphic design and video editing. Peter is the founder of The Jeff Loeffelhoz IRIS Foundation who’s mission is to provide resources for the global community in coping with mental health issues.

A native New Yorker, Peter is the CEO of CruzVoxTalent LLC which is a multi-production and artistic company that specializes in video, voice editing, and assisting companies in finding creative entertainment solutions. With 25 plus years in the entertainment industry, Peter is a member of Actors Equity, and the Screen Actors Guild.

Peter received his BFA in acting from Marymount Manhattan College.

NATIONAL EVENTS

Miami, Florida
July 3, 2021
Featuring: NBA Veteran Mark Strickland

Houston, Texas
December 5, 2020
Featuring: NBA Veteran Major Jones
Special Guest: NBA Player Bruno Caboclo

Tenafly, New Jersey
October 18, 2020
Featuring: NBA Veteran Albert King

Atlanta, Georgia
June 6, 2020
Featuring: WNBA All-Star Tiffany Hayes
Special Guest: NBA Player Dwyane Bacon

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

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

Orlando, Florida
December 14, 2019
Featuring: NBA Veterans Nick Anderson & Chucky Atkins

Legends Night
Orlando, Florida
December 13, 2019
Featuring: Former Magic Players & Various NBA Legends

Los Angeles, California
August 29, 2019
Featuring: NBA All-Star Norm Nixon

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

MEDIA

OUR THANKS TO

GEORGE TINSLEY

MURRAY STINSON

SCOTT TESSER

DR. KENNETH CIOLLI

CONTACT

 americanballers16@gmail.com