For Yves Saintelo, basketball was an outlet right after he lost his father at age 14 and a determination to get through faculty.
If you have been to check with what the activity has carried out for Saintelo — now assistant basketball coach at Norman Higher College and a physical education trainer at Adams Elementary — he would in all probability tell you it saved his lifetime.
Saintelo is now hunting to help many others via basketball with How Basketball Saved My Everyday living (HBSML), an business he co-launched in 2020 with his friend and Longfellow Center University coach Antione Newson.
HBSML has considering the fact that branched into a charitable foundation that aims to acquire the character and do the job ethic of boys and girls by way of basketball. Saintelo is at this time awaiting approval to officially call HBSML Charitable Basis a nonprofit.
This spring and summertime, underneath the identify “Team HQ,” HBSML teams competed in the AAU basketball league, known nationwide for highly-competitive sanctioned basketball.
He explained he and previous College of Central Oklahoma forward Joshua Gibbs planned Crew HQ as 6 groups of unique age teams, but that range ballooned to 15 teams, with boys and ladies from next quality as a result of junior 12 months.
“We’re equipped to support about 150 young children and give them a basketball house,” Saintelo mentioned.
With the motion getting off in Norman, Saintelo explained HBSML’s need to have for a exercise and gathering place of its own became more and more clear.
In April, Saintelo signed a lease for HBSML Headquarters, now below building at 1050 N. College Blvd. through Garner Qualities. Saintelo expects a tentative late tumble opening for the 6,000-square-foot facility.
“Now I can teach the young children, but I require to give them an avenue to engage in and even further produce,” Saintelo explained.
This realization birthed the HBSML Charitable Basis with Gibbs and Newson.
Saintelo mentioned a lot of Norman little ones and their people journey to Edmond and Oklahoma Town to not only contend in AAU basketball, but to follow.
He explained it’s important to help build means for youthful ball gamers in Norman, due to the fact groups with less complicated accessibility to trainers and services have an inherent benefit in level of competition.
“That’s one of the biggest points — to have the means in the yard and not 30 to 45 minutes away,” Saintelo explained. “Now they will have the similar, if not superior obtain to development resources that ‘powerhouses’ from neighboring cities do.”
Saintelo observed a further prevalent barrier for youth basketball gamers, aside from proximity to services, is value.
AAU groups typically call for a signup price to assistance obtain uniforms, rent amenities and protect traveling charges for tournaments. Saintelo said when there is a participation fee of $125 for Staff HQ, he won’t flip absent any individual who’s not able to shell out.
As a result of the money contributions of Common Manufactured Residences and Dave’s RX, Saintelo is capable to fund scholarships for individuals who simply cannot pay for the payment. HBSML club backpacks screen the logos of each corporations as a gesture of appreciation for their help.
Even though Crew HQ is however getting established, Saintelo reported players’ really hard perform is now having to pay off.
In July, Newson — a coach and board member for Staff HQ — took the sixth quality squad to nationals in Wichita, Kansas, the place they went undefeated in division II.
Saintelo claimed he lately introduced on basketball trainers, but the future stage is getting the proper physical trainers.
“I’m truly likely to set out a job posting to see if there are any actual physical trainers out there that would be willing to teach out of the health club, during the working day even though young children are at college,” Saintelo reported.
Saintelo stated HBSML Headquarters, which is an LLC separate from the soon-to-be nonprofit, could host adult men’s leagues.
Saintelo plans to coordinate 3-on-a few and pickup games at the fitness center. He mentioned preferably, distinctive age groups could perform at specific times to create a managed condition that superior aids enhancement.
Saintelo mentioned the HBSML Foundation is on the lookout for supplemental sponsors to help additional young children whose families might not have the money indicates for them to participate in.
For far more details on HBSML, Team HQ, schooling or how to donate and turn out to be a sponsor, stop by hbsml.web or HBSML Headquarters’ Facebook page.