Not taken seriously

Growing up, because of my “boyish” physical appearance relative to my age, my peers never really took me seriously.

Because of this insecurity, my parents had a physician examine me. Afterwards, the diagnosis was my physical growth was 5 years under-developed!

In other words, even though I was 13 years old, my body was only physically developed as if I was 8!

The net, net result was I was practically nullified from all peer-social circles and high school sports (except for wrestling). No one really wanted to hang with me because of my “boyish” looks. I wasn’t one of the “cool” kids.

My peers didn’t take me seriously! This created an extreme motivation within me to make something of myself.

​“Education, education, education” was the motto my parents preached. They assured me that having an education will give me the highest probability for success.

After receiving a bachelor’s and master’s degree, I went on to have a successful 25-year corporate career (at Hewlett-Packard, Mirapoint, and Fireeye).

I tell you this story to emphasize what Youth Hoops is all about: character building, education acquisition, and striving for greatness (in whatever you do)!

Although basketball (at Youth Hoops) is the vessel, make no mistake, I’m more interested in your kid’s long-term, personal development than basketball!

Helping, and inspiring kids is not my occupation, it’s something I’m called upon to do and it’s embedded in my soul!

About the author 

Coach Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a basketball coach and skill development trainer since 1993 and has coached hundreds of games and instructed 1,000’s of kids. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.