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 partners with organizations to conduct free basketball clinics, and education workshops around the nation for youth ages 7-17.

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

WHY?

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The NCAA estimates that 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.

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 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.

In addition to playing and coaching, Sean has worked in the behavioral healthcare field with youth and adults. That experience led him to being 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.

NATIONAL EVENTS

Brooklyn Nets Basketball Academy
Brooklyn, New York
November 15, 2021
Featuring: NBA All-Stars Otis Birdsong & Buck Williams

Miami Dade Parks & Recreation
Miami, Florida
July 3, 2021
Featuring: NBA Veteran Mark Strickland

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

Kaplan JCC on the Palisades
Tenafly, New Jersey
October 18, 2020
Featuring: NBA Veteran Albert King

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

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

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

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

Los Angeles Lakers Health & Fitness Basketball Clinic
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