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From basketball to business

Registration is underway for the inaugural Basketball to Business Summit in Memphis, which will be held on Saturday, August 20, at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ.  by Shawn Pachucki
Special to the Tri-State Defender

Registration is underway for the inaugural Basketball to Business Summit in Memphis, which will be held on Saturday, August 20, at Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ.

The event aims to motivate teen boys to dream beyond basketball and other sports when setting their goals for the future and understand the importance of exploring numerous career options.

The Basketball to Business Summit will be a full day of fun and fellowship for men and teen boys, with career-focused empowerment workshops and a keynote address by celebrity TV judge Greg Mathis. The day will also include breakfast, lunch, games and much more.

It’s very common for children who grow up playing sports to idolize the athletes they see on TV and aspire for the same type of stardom. There’s also no denying that sports can be highly instrumental in helping a young student earn college scholarships, which is why the purpose of the Basketball to Business Summit is not to discourage any child from dreaming about playing in the pros.

 Rather, the event is meant to help teens recognize that professional sports are not the only option, as well as expose them to some other interesting and fulfilling careers they may not be aware of. And, the event will showcase ways in which adult men can get more involved in the lives of young men.

Fathers, grandparents, big brothers, mentors and other adult males are strongly encouraged to participate in the summit with a teen. Every adult who registers for the event can bring a teen boy at no additional cost. Adults who want to be involved with this event and plan to attend alone can also be matched with a teen.

Registration ends on Friday, August 5. The $150 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and access for the teen and adult to all workshops and the keynote address. To register, visit at www.bbsummit ­memphis.com.

All proceeds from the Basketball to Business Summit will benefit Metamorphoses, Inc., a local non-profit organization that helps troubled youth turn their lives around with evidence-based programs that encourage positive thinking, sound decision-making and healthy self-esteem. Funded with grants from the Target Foundation, Just Care Family Network and Tennessee Voices for Children; Metamorphoses, Inc. works in conjunction with the Shelby County Juvenile Court.

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