Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Gil Basketball Academy

Mission

GBA’s mission is to empower youth by developing their athletic skills, leadership, work ethic, world view, and enhancing their commitment to the community.

The Big Idea

Through the GBA league, we train and prepare youth for the work force by teaching character building through our referee job training program. During Academy nights, high school students volunteer as coaches.

They mentor the 4-12-year-old participants by leading stations, coaching teams, and demonstrating key basketball skills. Coach Gil and Central Coast Section Officials train the high school students as referees and scorekeepers. They learn how to serve as officials during a game, which also teaches them responsibility, reliability, and...they developed a true respect for referees! It is fulfilling to finally compensate the youth monetarily; most of them have been volunteering for years. With this income, many say they can purchase shoes for the season and other necessities.

GBA pushes you to be the best student-athlete you can be so that you can be successful. GBA has helped me to be not just a better player but a better person as well. GBA is like a second family, everyone is very friendly to one another and makes people feel welcomed . Every time I go to practice, I feel motivated to improve my game because the coaches believe in me and are always pushing and teaching me the fundamentals of the game. GBA has given me so many opportunities in my life and to many others as well. GBA has made a positive impact to the in the community, especially for youth.

- Ronaldo Enriquez