By Kia Croom
A little basketball can make a big difference in a child’s life, according to George Brown, coach of Recreational Complex Youth Sports sponsored by D.P. Security and Sims Metal Management.
Brown is a coach for age 12 and under and 8th grade players of Recreational Complex Youth Sports teams, which each year participate in the YMCA’s basketball league to promote unity among children in the Coronado, Parchester, Hilltop and surrounding neighborhoods.
Brown is preparing his 12 and under team to face off against “Cross Over,” a league rival Saturday at noon at the YMCA Coronado. The team will go on to compete in the YMCA playoffs at the end of the month.
For almost two decades, Brown has been coaching basketball teams in and around the Richmond community, honing in on the most troubled youth.
“I figured I’d work with the kids who stay in trouble, to help keep them from getting into more trouble,” he said. “In fact, I decided to start a basketball team to keep one particular kid out of trouble, and here I am 19 years later.”
Brown looks forward to seeing one of his former youth, Eli Holman, Forward-Center of the Detroit Titans, play this week in the NCAA Tournament. Brown says he had the pleasure of coaching Holman from the time he was in the seventh grade until he graduated from Richmond High.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to know that what I am doing is making a difference,” he said.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.