Brian Alexander is looking for middle school-aged basketball players.
He's not seeking sharpshooting boys with good vertical leaps or girls who can dribble around opponents and make a layup.
Alexander started Team Alexander Athletics last May …
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Alexander started Team Alexander Athletics last May and the focus of TAA is on kids who are not on competitive teams. TAA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the trade name to Coaches Association of Brotherhood.
“I started it so I could help develop kids in basketball,” said Alexander. “Many kids come to tryouts, they get cut and they are told they are not good enough. Where do they go? Some quit. Team Alexander is something I started where you are not going to get cut. I want to start at sixth grade and develop from there.
“We take players who are unknown. Players that other coaches feel are not good enough to play and we develop them into known players, teaching them what they are lacking and showing them how to get there. Development, that's the whole mindset.”
Alexander, whose brother Jason Jones plays defensive end for the Detroit Lions, played one season of basketball at Butler Community College before moving on to the University of Detroit Mercy. He went on to play pro basketball in Finland and currently helps the Rock Canyon basketball program.
He hopes to expand Team Alexander into chess, soccer and other sports.
“I'm also using Team Alexander Athletics to overcome racial barriers that we face,” Alexander said. “That's the whole mission statement where I can bring say an African American kid and a Caucasian kid together and they learn from each other. Not just in sport but off the court. You hear stereotypes growing up that are not true.
“It's a family type organization where everyone knows each other. Parents are the key to knowing each other. We all learn from each other. That's my mission. We learn to appreciate each other. Everyone is treated equal and we work together. It's not so much focus on sports, it's everyday life.”
Any youngsters interested in Team Alexander Athletics can go to the website at www.taathletics.org or call 720-251-5282.
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