If we can introduce basketball to these young people and show them that there's a lot to offer in this field, then we can give them confidence. And confidence carries through to all aspects of life. That's what makes you successful. If they can look in the mirror and think that they are proud of themselves and confident, then that will carry them a long way.

And there's nothing like excelling at a sport like basketball ? and having an opportunity to earn an education while playing it ? that's going to build a positive image for these kids.

When you can feel good about yourself, it carries over into everyday life. If you can look in the mirror and like yourself, that's the greatest feeling in the world.