Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Atlanta Select in the BIG APPLE


The Mighty Atlanta Select QUIET STORM 14u and 15u teams did battle in 
the BIG APPLE, April 21-22, 2018.

Head Curtis Houlder who relocated to Atlanta from New York City a year ago decided that he wanted to take his Mighty Quiet Storm teams to experience
 playing teams from the northeast in New York City.

He scheduled his teams to play in the ZG Super Cup Big APPLE tournament, April 21 -22, 2018.




















Both of his reams, the 8th grade 14u and 9th grade 15u teams, fared well in the tournament, both finishing on a positive note of 2-1 in tournament play.

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In addition to playing in the tournament, Coach Houlder provided his players to experience the sights and sounds of the Big APPLE.


Report from Head Coach Houlder: The kids went to Dykman park where the legendary Kareem Abdul Jabbar played and lived in Washington Heights area. Also, we went to Rucker park where they played some 5 on 5 with the local kids and held there own. Rucker Park is where legends like Pee Wee Kirkland, Earl The Goat Manigault, Dr. J and all the legends played and conquered. Played in the cold and all. We went with the families to Time Square 42nd street and took multiple pictures. Tournament wise in the 8th and 9th-grade division we went 2-1 in both divisions. I was very proud of these young men they saw, came, earned New York City players, legendary Rucker players respect and took the city by Storm. Also, they got to see where coach grew up and was born and raised.


The teams visited the famous "Rucker" park.



And of course, they visited Times Square, Madison Square Garden and other major tourist attractions in the city.


Kudos to Coach Houlder for providing his teams with a new experience. 
They had the opportunity to play teams from the northeast, visit several sites within New York City and played on the courts at the famous Rucker Park. 
I am sure they will always remember this experience. 
They will have memories that will last a lifetime.

All I can say: Just Go Select!!!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Back from Bama - The Mighty Atlanta Select HEAT


The Mighty Atlanta Select 17u (above) and 16u (below) HEAT traveled to Alabama last weekend for an NCAA Certified tournament.
Both teams played extremely hard and showcased their talents in front of college
  scouts and coaches. 
It was a great experience for the young men to compete with some of 
the best teams in the southeast.

Kudos to Head Coaches Bridges and Large for providing these 
young men with the opportunity.

Just Go Select!!!
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Atlanta Select Teams in local NCAA Certified Events


This is the first weekend this season where college coaches can sit on the sidelines and watch student athletes showcase their talent. Coaches Burton, Hall, Wells and JayBee have their teams at this major Showcase EXPOSURE event. Let's follow them at https://basketball.exposureevents.com/110020/sweet-16-session-i/schedule


Just Go Select!!!
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Atlanta Select In Alabama - NCAA Certified




The Mighty 16u and 17u Atlanta Select Heat teams traveled to Alabama this weekend for the NCAA Certified "Bama Jam".

The teams are under the supervision of Head Coaches Large and Bridges, respectively,

They are ready to bring the heat!!!


Just Go Select!!!
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Atlanta Select in the Big APPLE!!!



Head Coach Curtis Houlder is in New York City this weekend with his 
14u and 15u Atlanta Select Quiet Storm teams 
participating in the Zero Gravity Super Cup Series - 
the Big Apple Super Cup.

Follow their action at https://www.zerogravitybasketball.com/bigapplesupercupschedule 

EXPOSURE -- EXPOSURE -- EXPOSURE
Just Go Select!!!
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

For 10+, He has worked his *** Off. - JayBee Brown




A little over ten years ago Jason (JayBee) Brown joined Atlanta Select as an assistant coach and since that time he has proven to be one of the hardest working coaches within the organization.


He was recognized and honored at the recent annual Atlanta Select Coaches meeting as the hardest working coach for the last 10+ years.

His story...

He was a saleman at an adidas outlet at Sugarfloft Mall. One day Coach Z was there shopping while wear his Atlanta Select tee.  JayBee wanted to know what that tee was all about and once he found out he could not stop asking questions. Coach Z found out that he was passionate about joining the organization and  provided him an opportunity to connect with the Atlanta Select coaching staff. 


He volunteered to participate with the Atlanta Select coaches basktball team in local tournements and, thus, the fellow coaches saw his

talent, passion and dedication. 
That's him kneeling with his eyes closed.

He earned their respect and was allowed to be an assistant coach with one of the senior coaches  (Head Coach Eugene Sanders) in the organization. 


He then went on to assist many other head coaches and became a head coach about 6 years ago. 


Even though he is now a head coach he is always helping other coaches as he is an expert trainer and skills developer. 

He has earned the title as one of the hardest working coaches.

Congratulations Coach JayBee. Just Go Select!!!

Hard Working Words to Live by.
  1. “Inspiration exists, but it must find you working” – Pablo Picasso
  2. “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” – Babe Ruth
  3. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier
  4. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going”  – Beverly Sills
  5. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will” – Mahatma Gandhi
  6. “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” – Thomas Jefferson
  7. “Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt” – Jose Ortegay Gasset
  8. “Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything” – Napoleon Hill
  9. “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity” – Louis Pasteur
  10. “The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare” – Bobby Knight
  11. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going” – Beverly Sills
  12. “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards” – Vernon Sanders Law
  13. “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all” – Sam Ewing
  14. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit” – Aristotle
  15. “Sometimes there’s not a better way. Sometimes there’s only the hard way” Mary E. Pearson
  16. “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  17. “You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win” – Ted Turner
    “Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past” – Theodore Roosevelt
  18. 18. Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.
    – Charles F. Kettering, Engineer and Inventor
  19. “Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top” – Paul Coffey
  20. “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows” – Ralph Marston
  21. “The hardships that I encountered in the past will help me succeed in the future” – Philip Emeagwali
  22. “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  23. “Some succeed because they are destined. Some succeed because they are determined” – Unknown
  24. “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do” – Henry Ford
  25. “Fall down seven times, get up eight” – Japanese Proverb
  26. “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen” – John F. Kennedy
  27. “Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing” – Thomas Jefferson
  28. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals” – Henry David Thoreau
  29. “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will” – Vince Lombardi
  30. “I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down” – Mia Hamm
  31. “The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible” – Joel Brown
  32. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice” – Wayne Dyer.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Atlanta Select 2017 Coach of the Year - Tony Burton


Congratulations to Head Coach Anthony (Tony) Burton for being selected Coach of the Year for AAU season 2016-17. Coach Tony coached the mighty Atlanta Select 17u RED Team Elite. He has been a coach in the organization for nine years. 
Presently for the 2018 season he is coaching a 14/15U team. 
We are extremely proud of his service and support to the organization. 
All we can say? 
"Just Go Select!!!"

He was presented the honor at the Annual Atlanta Select Lip, Chip, Sip meeting on 
Sunday, April 15, 2018.

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Yes,  Just Go Select!!!

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Atlanta Select in the BIG APPLE

The Mighty Atlanta Select QUIET STORM 14u and 15u teams did battle in  the BIG APPLE, April 21-22, 2018. Head Curtis Houlder who ...