ABOUT

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 roughly 95% 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 for boys and girls ages 13-17 in communities throughout the United States. In partnership with NBA organizations, NBA and WNBA players, we also partner with educational organizations such as InSchoolbus, Inc and Fair Opportunities Project. These organizations place an important emphasis on education counseling and training for youth in the community. Together we aspire to create positive communication on a community level while using basketball as a tool for personal growth.

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 is a former student athlete who understands the impact that mentorship can have on the next generation. A native of Westwood, New Jersey, Sean attended Bonner Springs High School in Kansas where he played varsity basketball all four years. He played two years of junior college basketball at Highland Community College, and completed his collegiate career at NCAA Lincoln University. Sean would go on to play professionally in the Continental Basketball Association, and Premier Basketball League.

After playing, Sean began coaching various camps including within the NBA circuit with the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Legends,  and the NBA G-League Combine. This led to Sean coaching at Blue Valley North High School as an assistant coach for two seasons.

In 2014, he founded Nothing But Net Sports which programs provide a healthy living for youth, and adults. 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 earned a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Sharon Thomas Letalon – Development and Marketing Consultant

With 20 plus years in the financial industry, business development, 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 – Neurocognitive Optimization and 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 MENTORS

MEDIA

EVENTS

Atlanta, Georgia
June 6, 2020

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

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

Orlando, Florida
December 14, 2019

Los Angeles, California
August 29, 2019

Brooklyn, New York

December 20, 2018

OUR THANKS TO

SCOTT TESSER

GEORGE TINSLEY

CONTACT

 americanballers16@gmail.com