ABOUT

The National Center for Children in Poverty reports that 43% of youth in the United States live in low-income families. 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 NCAA, an estimated 3.4% of high school athletes in America get the opportunity to play basketball at the collegiate level. Of the 3.4% of athletes that play at the collegiate level, only 1.2% of these athletes play at the professional level. What does this statistic tell us? It tells us that 98.8% of student athletes will not become professional basketball players. However, every student can benefit from the core skills of life off the basketball court.

Since 2018, American Ballers has held free basketball clinics and educational workshops for boys and girls ages 13-17 in cities throughout the United States. We bring in NBA and WNBA players to teach youth the fundamentals of basketball, while also providing students with a positive message of education and personal growth.  Our education partner InSchoolbus, Inc. places an important emphasis on education counseling and training for youth in the community by providing students with online prep courses to prepare them for college.

American Ballers not only gives youth of all backgrounds the opportunity to interact with positive role models in the community, but also gives professional athletes and organizations the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of our youth across the nation.

TEAM

Sean Birdsong – Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Sean Birdsong is a former student athlete and professional basketball player who understands the impact that mentorship can have on the next generation. After playing at Bonner Springs High School in Kansas from 1999-2002, Sean accepted a scholarship to Highland Community College from 2002-2004, and completed his collegiate career at NCAA II Lincoln University from 2006-2007.  Sean would go on to play professionally in the CBA with the Atlanta Wolverines during the 2007-2008 season, and in the PBL with the Beltway Bombers during the 2009-2010 season.

After playing, Sean began coaching camps with former NBA All-Stars Otis Birdsong and Michael Ray Richardson. In 2015, he founded Nothing But Net Sports which programs provide a healthy living for youth through the game of basketball and physical fitness. Sean has coached within the NBA and High school circuit which includes; the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Legends,  the NBA G-League Combine, and two seasons at Blue Valley North High School in Kansas.

Sean has worked in the behavioral healthcare field and continues to work in the school system in special education. He instructs students in the classroom and helps them to stay focused and to make positive choices.

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

Sharon Thomas Letalon – Business Development

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!

Rev. Dr. Juan Francisco Delgado – Mental Health & Wellness Consultant

An avid basketball enthusiast, Knicks’ fan since 1991, and former player, Dr. Juan worked for over 5 years at the New York Sports Science Lab as Head of Sports Science data analysis and a community outreach liaison. He has experience in the management of conditions such as Cancer, ADD, ADHD, depression, anxiety, stress, and autism. 

Dr. Juan graduated as a Medical Doctor from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. During his time in Mexico, he held the position of Director of Biomet Inc.’s Guadalajara branch’s surgical department. He holds a degree as a Research Physician from the Global Commission for Accreditation of Integrative Medicine. 

Dr, Juan holds a certification in Anti-Bullying training for youth and adults and serves as a board member of the Jeff LoeffelHolz-IRIS Foundation. He is certified in sports-related concussion assessment, and behavior changes from the United States Sports Academy. He also holds certifications as a biomechanics specialist in applied neuro-cognitive performance and optimization for athletes. Dr. Juan is an ordained interfaith minister, which allows him to offer counseling and support to all faiths and beliefs.

NBA & WNBA PLAYERS

EVENTS

Basketball Clinic
Atlanta, Georgia
June 6, 2020

Basketball Clinic
Chicago, Illinois
Southside YMCA
NBA All-Star Weekend
February 15, 2020

Basketball Clinic
Chicago, Illinois
Dunbar Vocational High School
NBA All-Star Weekend
February 14, 2020

Basketball Clinic
Orlando, Florida
December 14, 2019

Legends Night
Orlando, Florida
December 13, 2019

Lakers Health & Fitness Basketball Clinic
Los Angeles, California
August 29, 2019

Basketball Clinic
Brooklyn, New York
December 20, 2018

MEDIA

OUR THANKS TO

GEORGE TINSLEY

SCOTT TESSER

CONTACT

 americanballers16@gmail.com