Portland natives and basketball coaches Aaron Miles (University of Kansas) & Michael Lee (Roosevelt High School) recently presented the “You Matter Basketball Clinic” for 7th-9th grade boys. What made this camp unique is that although basketball was the catalyst for gathering the youth, addressing gang and gun violence was the purpose.
Along with basketball skills clinics the young men participated in classroom sessions on gang violence and prevention, goal setting and police interaction. It was a huge success and something that I hope will be continued in some form on an annual basis. Below are clips of Coach Lee delivering a powerful message to the youth, Coach Miles explaining a goal setting exercise as well as a longer clip giving an overall glimpse of the day’s activities.
This past basketball season I had the opportunity to film Bria Thames (class of 2016) of Westview High School in Beaverton, OR. Initially it was just another gig, but a few games in I found myself looking forward to the games and I became one of her biggest cheerleaders.
I like this young lady because of what I feel she represents. You can be the “pretty/popular girl” and still ball out and go hard on the basketball court.
“This year I’ve improved a lot on my offensive game compared to last year. I’m looking forward to next year and leading my team to more wins than this year.” -Bria
Bria earned Metro League All-League honors this year as well as All-League Academic. She was also voted “Most Inspirational Player” by her teammates. Check out some of her highlights and be sure to keep your eye out for her during her senior campaign in the 2015-2016 season.
Tyrone White II put up 23 points against the Austin Spurs yesterday!
Looks like Terrence made a great choice. He won a National Championship at Kentucky and was a first round pick in the NBA draft. He’s currently doing work in Houston. Demos!!
My guy Sam Thompson convinced me to play in his adult league held at the Salvation Army about a year ago. After not picking up a basketball in a couple years I reluctantly agreed. My reward was to get matched up against Germaine Jordan in one of my first games. Let’s just say we had to reevaluate our strategy and put someone else on the kid, but not before he hit us for 30 plus points. I mean, I held my own but where the hell was the help defense?! I digress, since that day I’ve made a point to find out who the high flyer is and I’d like to introduce him to our readers.
503tv:Tell us a little about your background, Who is Germaine Jordan?
Germaine: I am a Portland kid youngest boy out of 7 I have a Lil sister…. My mom died when I was in 10th grade so my dad & step mom Pernell & Ashley Brown raised me.
503tv: What is your basketball resume?
Germaine: I got cut from Wilson high school freshman & sophomore yr… As a junior played Junior varsity & started varsity as a senior… I was first team all league and runner up for MVP of the PIL but Brian Morris got it that yr… I then went to play at LCC (Lower Columbia Community College) where I average 18 &9 and also won nwacc championship my first year… Second year went back to the finals where I came up short… I played at Dillard university for one year… I then took a break from ball… I then played in the ibl for three years which this year I was averaging 27 11 & 5 and won most improved two yrs in a row… I finally signed my first over seas deal in umeå which is in Sweden. My current contract was made possible because of my teammate Omar krayem who knew my abilities and put me in a position to show the world.
503tv:How has life overseas been treating you?
Germaine: I love it out here everybody speaks English & the community loves me out here… Couldn’t pick another country to have played for my first year its a blessing I give all praise to god my family who kept me focus and believing In me.
503tv: There has been an increase in gang violence in the city lately. Any message for the community?
Germaine Jordan:I hope our community can come together and show these kids that’s there’s more than violence… I try to be the best role model to my kids Dominick Branch, Demarius Branch & Joseph Adair-Jordan. I hope one day my kids can walk down the street without having to worry about a bullet flying there direction. Please stop the violence. God bless the world.
Germaine: The goals I have is to break records in Europe and try to win a championship my first year
Well there you have it, another member of our community actively pursuing his dreams and setting an example for where hard work can land you. In his case Sweden..for now. He’s also given back through coaching our youth, what’s not to love? Salute!
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