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NEW YORK CITY HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

HALL OF FAME & TRAINING CENTER


Follow our journey as The Breathe Life Foundation, Inc. campaigns to build  the first New York City High School Basketball Hall of Fame & Training Center devoted to preserve and celebrate the legacy of our NYC High School male and female basketball alumni, their history and accomplishments after high school.  This multipurpose building will reconnect the student athlete with their High School and communities where they played and provide concentrated academics, health wellness and lifelong coaching for our future alumni. Our goal is also to expose current student athletes to the proud history of NYC basketball.



Please fill-out the petition below to preserve NYC's rich Basketball History and also make history in the process!

A Campaign To Build:

The New York City High School Basketball

Hall of Fame & Training Center


VISION

To preserve the history, legacy, and tradition of

New York City High School basketball and their alumni.

MISSION

  • Our mission is to build the New York City High School Basketball Hall of Fame & Training Center (NYCHSBHOFTC). To be the official home of NYC high school basketball alumni's, memorabilia, media, videos, pictures, community, highlights, and their accomplishments after high school.

STATEMENT OF OUR CHALLENGE

The structure of New York City's school system has undergone significant changes over the past 15-20 years. Traditional high schools such as Canarsie HS, Thomas Jefferson HS, Boys and Girls HS, South Shore HS, etc. have been divided into 4-6 mini schools within one "campus school." Some traditional schools have simply vanished and closed, such as Rice, Power Memorial, Tolentine, Clinton and others. Gone with these schools is the rich sports history which many of them have boasted of during their prime especially in the realm of high school basketball.


For decades, New York City has been called the “Mecca of Basketball”, both nationally and international. Over those 15 – 20 years of school changing, their reputations that they built up over the years have declined drastically. The training, teaching and the quality of coaching for the student athletes have equally declined. College coaches are reluctant to come into New York City to recruit players as in the past largely due to academic challenges, undeveloped skills and out of control behaviors exhibited by some of these athletes.


Furthermore, many of the elite junior high and high school players in NYC communities are being recruited by outside high school / prep school basketball programs coming from different states, thereby virtually decimating the talent coming from New York City. Thus, when native New Yorkers move on to college or professional levels, they are “Disconnected” from their original communities that helped to groom them for their future.


As these individual mini-schools within the “campus building” seek to establish themselves, what is often neglected is the history of sports that is connected to the campus building. Sometimes this is done unintentional, but for the most part, the leaders of these schools are seeking to establish their own school history and a new culture, thus they are largely overlooking their rich past.


The challenge is how do we honor the NYC Basketball players who gave so much to their communities, left legacies, made history and birthed traditions making NYC the mecca of Basketball? We believe we have the answer to this challenge.




















PROBLEM STATEMENT

For decades, New York City has been called the "Mecca of Basketball," both nationally and internationally. Over those 15-20 years of schools changing, their reputations that they built up over the years have declined drastically. The training, teaching and quality coaching of student athletes have equally declined. College coaches are reluctant to come into New York City to recruit players as in the past, largely due to academic challenges, undeveloped skills, and out of control behaviors exhibited by some of these athletes.


Furthermore, many of the elite junior high and high school basketball players from NYC communities are being recruited by outside high school/prep school basketball programs, coming from different states, thereby virtually decimating the talent coming from New York City. Thus, when native New Yorkers move on to college or professional levels, they are "disconnected" from their original communities that helped to groom them for their future. 

The challenge is how do we honor the NYC Basketball Players who gave so much to their Communities, left legacies, made history and birthed traditions making NYC the mecca of Basketball. We believe we have the answer to this challenge.



















OBJECTIVE SOLUTION

The New York City High School Basketball Hall of Fame & Training Center simply "reconnects" the student-athlete with their school and communities where they played.

The New York City High School Hall of Fame and Training Center (NYCHOFTC) will not only obtain and maintain the history of High School Basketball, it will be a place for our High School student –athletes to receive top level, concentrated teaching, training and coaching in not only basketball but every aspect of their life. The Center will improve their quality of life by providing ongoing team building, academics, social, financial, physical, spiritual and health coaching. Providing these services to our athletes will allow them to compete at a high level while in high school and better equip them to eventually go on to play at the next level.


Reclaiming Our Student Athlete (R.O.S.A): In essence, through the building of the Center, we will be “Reclaiming Our Student Athletes”, reconnecting them to their rich basketball history and their communities in an unprecedented manner.




THE PLACE TO VISIT?






NEW YORK CITY


New York City has increased the daily amount of tourists visiting the city over the years. The New York High School Hall of Fame &Training Center will be the premier sports oriented destination to visit! Folks will want to frequently visit the Mecca of Basketball and see the rich history of their favorite NYC basketball players


The New York City High School Basketball Hall of Fame & Training Center will consist of seven (7) floors. Plus a special rooftop.

THE FACILITY

The New York City High School Basketball Hall of Fame & Training Center will consist of seven (7) floors + rooftop:

Facility

State of the Art Facility

 As stated before, for decades, New York City has been the “Mecca of Basketball” both nationally and internationally. With the attention given to the high school athlete now more than ever, we will create a facility that will train these players in health & wellness, proper eating habits, workout techniques, mental & physical conditioning and life skills. We will also represent the five (5) boroughs with their respective floors complete with individual aesthetics specific to their various landscapes.


First Floor

This is the Multi-purpose Complex Floor

This floor consist of a professional size basketball court surrounded by 1,500 – 2,000 seats. Alongside the main court will be 6 smaller full courts. This area will be used for games, entertainment and workouts. This area will also be surrounded with separate training rooms, weight training, cardio training, treatment/rehab rooms for injuries, massage and therapy rooms, yoga and breathing rooms, mental wellness and healthy eating life-style rooms, classrooms and offices. We will also have a merchandise and product store.

Second Floor

Borough of Brooklyn Hall of Fame:

This floor will consist of communities located in Brooklyn such as Coney Island, Brownsville, Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay, East New York, Bedford Stuyvesant, East Flatbush, etc.  As a person walks through the circular area, they will witness various aspects of these communities along with High Schools, Hall of Fame players and Teams that came from these areas. In addition this floor will also house the memorabilia of featured Brooklyn HS players and teams. This floor will have a virtual reality component added to it in order to make it multimedia and interactive.

Third Floor

Borough of Queens Hall of Fame:

This floor is similar to the Brooklyn HOF only it will carry the history and memorabilia of Queens players and teams.

Fourth Floor

Borough of Staten Island Hall of Fame:

This floor is similar to the Brooklyn HOF only it will carry the history and memorabilia of Queens players and teams.

Fifth Floor

Borough of Manhattan Hall of Fame:

This floor is similar to the Brooklyn HOF only it will carry the history and memorabilia of Queens players and teams.
Sixth Floor
Borough of Bronx Hall of Fame:
This floor is similar to the Brooklyn HOF only it will carry the history and memorabilia of Queens players and teams.



Seventh Floor

Pent House:

This level will be a plush floor with rooms for events, functions, presentations, meetings, etc. This floor will also have our Media and TV room to permit us with the ability to produce our own content (like game highlights for scouts, colleges, etc.) TV and Radio Shows. Teaching our student-athletes how to speak to media and improve their communication skills will also be a key component to the services offered.

Roof Top

Black Top on the Roof Top:

The rooftop will resemble the outdoor basketball playgrounds of NYC. It will include NYC’s Blacktop basketball courts, places to sit, trees, etc. It will be the ultimate outside basketball experience for those visiting the NYCHSBHOFTC. The famous parks that the design replicates will include Dyckman Park (Bronx), Rucker Park (Harlem), Soul N the Hole (Bedford Stuyvesant) Brownsville Recreation Center Park- BRC (Brooklyn). Ditmas Park (Brooklyn), Dugan Playground (Staten Island) and O’Connell Park (Queens)















REVENUE STREAMS

Proposed Funding Sources:


1. Donate a Brick: Alumni will have the opportunity to donate a minimum of $500 (I think this should be higher) to have their own personalized brick with their name, school and the years they played for the school team. The floor placement of a brick will be based on the amount of your donation with the First Floor being the premium placement location for all to see.
2. Private Investors: Partnering with Angel investors for this project.
3. Donations and Contributions: Endowments, Athletes contributions, Philanthropists, etc.
4. Sponsorships: Corporate Sponsorships, Athletic Footwear Companies, Beverages, etc.
5. Support & Endorsement from the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams
6. Fundraising: Grants, Proposals, etc.
7. The Breathe Life Debit Card Membership:  SOON TO COME: The Breathe Life Debit Card Membership: This card raises funds for The New York City High School Basketball Hall of Fame & Training Center.


The Breathe Life Foundation Debit Card

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EXECUTIVE TEAM

THE BREATH LIFE FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE TEAM

AMBASSADORS

Coach Ted Gustus

FOUNDER/AMBASSADOR

Rolando Blackman

AMBASSADOR: 4-Time NBA All-Star

John Salley

AMBASSADOR: 5-Time NBA Champion

Derek Richardson

AMBASSADOR: 19-Year NBA Referee

BOARD OF DIRECTORS TEAM:

  • NYC High School Basketball Hall of Fame & Training Center Building Project

Khalilah Webster

CHAIRPERSON

Wayne A. Francis

BUSINESS CONSULTANT

Gary Stephens

BUSINESS CONSULTANT

James McDougal, Von Middleton, James D. Brown, Robert Stokes, Priscilla Williams, Lester Henry, Edward McDougal and Imani Young



EXECUTIVE TEAM

NYC HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME

& TRAINING CENTER BUILDING PROJECT

Rick Pilgrim

BUILDING PROJECT MANAGER

D. Bernard Webster

INNOVATION/ TECHNOLOGY ADVISOR

Rich Mason

HISTORIAN/MEDIA SPECIALIST

ONE BREATH SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Kevin Logan

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Dewry Bradford

CHIEF BRANDING OFFICER

Monique Maye

ATTORNEY

Claudia Lyons

EVENT COORDINATOR

VIDEOS

HONORING ROLANDO BLACKMAN

Coach Ted Gustus leads the charge honoring

the retirement of Rolando Blackman's

Grady High School Jersey

RETIRED JERSEY REVEALED

Rolando Blackman‘ s Jersey is revealed

@ Grady High School

COACH TED GUSTUS/ROLANDO BLACKMAN SPEACH

Coach Ted Gustus of One Breath introduces Celebrated NBA honoree Rolando Blackman

HONORING ROLANDO BLACKMAN

Rolando gets honored

Madison Square Garden 2019

ROLANDO BLACKMAN

Rolando autographs kid fan

@ Madison Square Garden

MEET & GREET

Coach Ted Gustus/Rolando Blackman

PRE-GAME

Dewry Bradford @ Madison Square Garden

pre-game Knicks with the One Breath Team

ENTERTAINMENT: JARED

Impromptu performance by Jared

@ Grady High School

ROLANDO BLACKMAN ENTRANCE

Coach Ted Gustus announcement of Rolando Blackman @ Grady High School

TESTIMONIALS

"The Power of  Coaching"

"It doesn't always end in a successful basketball career."

"Shoutout from the Music Industry."