In its most fundamental form, basketball is one of the many group sports that exist. It is an activity people engage in to cooperate and compete with others. The goal is to shoot the ball inside the ring, to attack the basket when you are on offense, and to defend when the ball is not in your team’s hand. It is a game where victory is concluded when a team garners the highest points after a given amount of time. Although it sounds simple and appears to be a mundane undertaking, for some, basketball is a way of life.
Established in 1949, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has allowed people from different countries, backgrounds, and generations to unite through basketball. The prominence of the league paved the way for the sport to become a universal language for a great portion of the population. Notable names in basketball, such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James, have become known to everyone, for fans and nonfans alike. Many young boys even dream to become the next big all-star in the court, but not all that aspire are given the chance to be part of the NBA.
A Crushed Dream
Mark Kinnebrew grew up playing basketball and loving every aspect of the game. During his high school year, he had a promising basketball career and he even received an athletic scholarship in college. Since he was a child, he had dreamed of playing professionally. He was invited to participate in summer training and programs of the NBA for two years in a row, wherein he was slapped by the reality that he has not reached the skill level required to play in the league. With that, his dream of being part of a roster for an NBA team instantly escalated. The silver lining, however, during this period, is his marriage to his wife and the arrival of their little one. Although he had opportunities to play professionally overseas, he did not want to leave the country and move his family.
Despite not becoming a player in the NBA, Mark’s love for basketball did not waver. Instead, he found a different way to manifest it. Knowing that he is equipped with the necessary skills and tools to excel on the court, he aspired to imbibe his knowledge and understanding of the game to different individuals, specifically to children and youths, through coaching.
He initially coached his own kids for many years in Y ball and travel ball. When his kids were getting older, he still wanted to continue coaching and stay part of the game. The only way he knew how to do that was to go back to school to finish his teaching degree and become an actual coach.
Anything is Possible
During the process of deciding to go back to school, he came across a YouTube video that Micah Lancaster commented on. His comment caught his attention, then he decided to see who this Micah guy was and the rest was history.
Almost six years later, Micah became one of Mark’s closest friends and his mentor. He has built his own 7,200 sq. ft training facility, traveled all over, and worked with a number of pro players. At present, he is considered one of the top five trainers within I’m Possible and his brand and name are growing daily. He has a Facebook group with 1,600 other trainers, whom he is helping to reach their dreams.