Hoops, Baseball and Parents | Vincent Juico
Last Friday on “Sports for all”, I had Dan Barto, associate director of the IMG Academy, on the program. I saw Dan in the Netflix documentary “One in a Billion” which is about a young Indian basketball player, Satnam Singh, the first fully cultured Indian to be drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Singh was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round at No. 52. Sadly, he never played a single minute in the league since he played for two years in the NBA G League for the Texas Legends.
A little bit about IMG Academy, according to their website, imgacademy.com, “IMG Academy is the world’s most prestigious sports, performance and education institution. Founded in 1978 with a pioneering concept known as Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, IMG Academy has since grown into a global phenomenon.
With our world-renowned boarding school and reputable athletic camps, IMG continues to set the standard for academic, athletic and total personal development in young student-athletes.
The 600-acre Bradenton, Florida campus annually attracts hundreds of teams, groups and events for training and competition. Professional, Olympic and collegiate athletes are leveraging cutting-edge sports science to gain a better competitive edge.
Adult athletes travel back in time with sports classes that hone their game, then relax in contemporary luxury at the Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy. Company professionals become better leaders, teammates and communicators thanks to our dynamic retreats and the programming of the IMG Institute.
As we continue to develop the campus and refine our development methodology, our goal remains unwavering: to help the most dedicated and passionate to maximize their inherent potential.
IMG Academy is a boarding school attended by no less than 1,300 high school students from over 70 countries. Notable teams that train at the academy include Atlanta United of Major League Soccer, Carolina Panthers of National Football League, and San Francisco 49ers.
Professional athletes who have trained at IMG include Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies, Cam Newton of the New England Patriots, professional tennis player Kei Nishikori and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.
We asked Barto a plethora of questions ranging from the changing attitudes and behavior of parents in their dealings with coaches and coaches about their child (s), to friendships and relationships established with them. kids Dan has coached who call or text for advice, whether Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan’s Work Ethics delivered iconic results – this is something he would advise for kids of nine barely years old – to imitate, to finally follow the course of Satnam Singh and the two-way play of the Japanese international Shohei Otani, throw and strike in baseball.
(To find out what he had to say about them, head over to Sports For All PH on Facebook.)
Next weekend my guest will be Washington Wizards manager Ryo Shinkawa.
Shinkawa is the Marketing Director of the Washington Wizards organization and a member of the Wizards Global Digital Media team.