ABOUT

American Ballers mission is to enhance the lives of youth educationally through the game of basketball.

American Ballers conducts free basketball clinics and educational workshops around the nation for youth ages 13-17. We have NBA and WNBA players as coaches and mentors to teach the fundamentals of basketball, but also to provide students with a positive message of education and personal growth.

Our impact partner Inschoolbus, Inc specializes in education planning, counseling, and training for youth to prepare them for High school prep, College, and Ivy League Universities. Inschoolbus awards selected youth from American Ballers clinics, and offers them academic opportunities to help position themselves for success.

AMERICAN BALLERS FOCUS TOPICS:

EDUCATION
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
FINANCIAL LITERACY
HEALTH & WELLNESS
SOCIOECONOMIC ISSUES

WHY?

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and Chief Executive Officer

Sean Birdsong is an experienced professional in education, and in the sports industry. He is a former student athlete who understands the impact that mentorship can have on the next generation. An All-State player at Bonner Springs High School in Kansas, Sean accepted a scholarship to Highland Community College from 2002-2004, and to NCAA II Lincoln University in 2006-2007. He would go on to play professionally in the CBA and PBL from 2008-2013.

Following his playing career, Sean began coaching camps within the NBA circuit including the Dallas Mavericks, Texas Legends, and the NBA G-League Combine. He also served as an assistant coach for two season 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 – 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
Tenafly, New Jersey
October 18, 2020

Basketball Clinic
Atlanta, Georgia
June 6, 2020

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

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