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Basketball program gives kids training, practice without tryouts

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Coach Heywood Hunt's basketball program gives players the opportunity to be on a team without tryouts Coach Heywood Hunt's basketball program gives players the opportunity to be on a team without tryouts

By: Steve Harris / News 4

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Coaches can play a big part in the lives of children and this week’s Harris Hero is no exception.

When it comes to kids and sports, parents dream big. From select teams to playing in high school and college scholarships, but coach Heywood Hunt saw a problem with the way youth sports were playing out.

“What we found was select players got all the training and the people in the middle and lower people got very little,” said Hunt. “So what we want to do is help the people that didn’t have the skill level to get better and give them the chance to make high school and college teams.”

Hunt created All-American Athletes, which requires no tryouts, to fix the problem.

“Anybody wants to come learn about the game…it’s open,” said Danny Blackshear, an old friend of Hunt. “All we ask is that you come, participate and work.”

Blackshear coached a basketball team called the North Stars, and since the missions of the two teams were very similar they combined the programs.

“That way we can carry on the things that we try to teach them, not only in life skills, but on the training side too,” Blackshear said.

The teams practice wherever they can get space and time.

Many of the players continue playing in high school and college.

Click here for more information on the program. 

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