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The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) was founded in 1888 and conducts over 38 sports at the grassroots level ranging from ages three years(3) to ninety nine(99). In the youth program, a $12 membership allows participation in over 38 sports. The AAU partnered with the Walt Disney World Company in 1995 and serves as one of the anchor tenants to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in sunny Orlando, Florida.
The AAU Boys and Girls Basketball programs have hundreds of thousands of athletes participating in thousands of events across the United States. These events are year around from local leagues, to statewide events, to regional events and much, much more. AAU Basketball has programming for athletes on the elite level, as well as, athletes who just want to play recreationally with their friends.
During the summer months, the AAU is the host for the most competitive and organized National Championship events in the world. These events are held at world class facilities throughout the United States. Be a part of the great Alumni of AAU Basketball and join the likes of Chris Paul(New Orleans Hornets), Allen Iverson(Philadelphia 76ers), Alonzo Mourning(Retired-Miami Heat), David Lee(New York Knicks), Lebron James(Cleveland Cavaliers), Candice Parker (Los Angeles Sparks), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Katie Smith (Minnesota Lynx), Chamique Holdsclaw (Atlanta Dream) just to name a few.
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Black Coaches & Administrators
The Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA) is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to foster the growth and development of ethnic minorities at all levels of sports both nationally and internationally. The BCA is committed to creating a positive enlightened environment where issues can be examined closely, debated sincerely and resolved honestly. The BCA's focus involves the concerns of its colleagues in professional sports, NCAA (Division I, II, and III), NAIA (Division I and II), junior college and high school levels.
On May 31, 2007, BCA Board of Directors unveiled the new name of the organization during the 2007 BCA National Convention and Expo. The name change was made to clarify the expanding membership population of administrators and coaches within the BCA. Subsequently, BCA is now Black Coaches & Administrators.
- To address significant issues pertaining to the participation and employment of ethnic minorities in sport in general and intercollegiate athletics in particular.
- To assist ethnic minorities aspiring to have a career in athletics through educational and professional development programming and scholarships.
- To provide youth and diverse communities the opportunity to interact positively with the BCA as a corporate citizen and community builder through a variety of alliances.
The BCA Past, Present and Future:
In 1987, the issue of ethnic minority advancement was being discussed simultaneously by two separate, but significant African American coaching groups, the assistant basketball and football coaches. Eventually, these two groups merged to form the nucleus of what would become the Black Coaches Association. The BCA was founded in 1988 and the membership was extended to all coaches.
Throughout the BCA's 20-year history, the organization has been at the forefront of the effort to enhance the employment opportunities and professional development of the ethnic minority professional.
The BCA of the future has a "Planned Positive Vision." Our organization will systematically work toward the resolution of the issues we face by following a positive goal-oriented program of achievement.
For more information about BCA membership, news, and programs, go to www.bcasports.org.
The National Federation of State High School Associations
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and fine arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and fine arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and Rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities.
The NFHS writes playing Rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.5 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; produces publications for high school coaches, officials and athletic directors; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, spirit coaches, speech and debate coaches and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities.
In 2007, the NFHS Coach Education Program launched www.nfhslearn.com, a learning center for coaches. Courses can be accessed 24 hours a day. The core courses of the program are Fundamentals of Coaching and First Aid for Coaches. Most states across the country use these courses to fulfill their state requirements to coach. In November 2009, the NFHS launched its National Coach Certification Program. To become a Level 1 – Accredited Interscholastic Coach a coach must complete Fundamentals of Coaching (Core Course), First Aid for Coaches (Core Course) OR its equivalent, and a NFHS Sport-Specific course OR Teaching Sports Skills. For more information and a complete list of available courses please visit www.nfhslearn.com.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
USA Basketball is governed by a 10-member Board of Directors, who are appointed and elected by active members. Phoenix Suns chairman Jerry Colangelo serves as chairman of USA Basketball for the 2009-2012 term. Serving since January 2001 as USA Basketball's CEO/Executive Director is Jim Tooley, who has been with USA Basketball since 1993.
USA Basketball is an organization made up of organizations. There are five member categories – Professional; Collegiate; Scholastic; Youth; and Associate. All told, 25 organizations are members of USA Basketball.
During the 2005-2008 quadrennium, 707 men and women players and 147 coaches participated in USA Basketball, including USA Basketball trials and USA Basketball teams. USA teams competed in 31 major international events from 2005-2008 and won medals an astounding 28 times, including gold or top finishes 22 times, silver four times and bronze medals twice. All told those teams compiled a sparkling 199-23 win-loss record for an 89.6 winning percentage.
For further information about USA Basketball, go to the official Web site of USA Basketball at www.usabasketball.com.
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