Sports University AAU All Stars
Many people believe that sports, public education and
politics are the three most dominant and pervasive social forces that
shape our society and influence the quality and character of American
culture. We the executive and coaching staff of Sports U realize that the
love of sports is so deeply embedded in our national consciousness that
the values of millions of people ó participants and spectators ó are
directly and dramatically affected by the values conveyed by organized
sports. This places a significant social responsibility on our coaches who
influence our basketball players to assure that athletic competition helps
build the character and ethics and gives each of our players a clear
understanding of what their social contract is to their communities at
Many aspects of American society are competitive, including our free
enterprise system, and our views as to what is permissible and proper in
the competitive pursuit of personal goals are influenced strongly by the
dominant values of high-profile athletic competition. We commit that our
program will be more than basketball and build character by living these
principles. Never minimizing that we have been entrusted with exceptional
future basketball stars and our goal is to see them all awarded NCAA
basketball scholarships. Five principles of our program are.
Striving to Win. Though the program will stress how
win-at-any-cost strategies inevitably degrade sports, it will not
trivialize or devalue either the desire to win or the importance of
Winning Is Important. For athletes and coaches who devote
huge portions of their lives to being the best they can be in the pursuit
of individual victories, records, championships and medals, it is
demeaning to dismiss the importance of victory by saying "itís only a
game." Winning is important. Trying to win is essential. Without the
passionate pursuit of victory, much of the enjoyment as well as the
educational and spiritual value of sports would be lost.
Ethics Is Essential to True Winning. We believe the best
strategy is not to de-emphasize winning but to more vigorously emphasize
that adherence to ethical standards and sportsmanship in the honorable
pursuit of victory is essential to winning in its true sense. It is one
thing to be declared the winner; it is quite another to really win.
Victories attained in dishonorable ways are hollow and degrade the concept
Cheating and Bad Sportsmanship Are Not Options. We believe
that cheating and bad sportsmanship are simply not options because they
rob victories of meaning and value and replace the high ideals of true
sport with the degrading and petty values of a dog-eat-dog marketplace.
Principles of Ethics and Sportsmanship Are Ground Rules. The
responsibility to demonstrate and develop good character should never be
subordinated to the desire to win. Principles of ethics and sportsmanship
are ground rules governing the pursuit of victory. The vital lessons and
great value of sports are learned from the honorable pursuit of victory,
from the competition itself rather than the outcome.
Dawkins serves as our Head Coach as well. What is there to say
about Daryl (Chocolate Thunder) Dawkins? Having an NBA legend totally
committed and focused on our program. His leadership at each one of
our practices and games brings another level of credibility and
excitement that really cannot be out into words. His resume speaks for
itself, but his ability to get the kidsí attention and work hard is
also unbelievable. However, we are most impressed by Darylís
benevolent personality: smart, friendly, and warm. He loves the kids
and understands all the dynamics that go into building a strong
is our Player Development/Basketball Skills Coach/Consultant; Joe is
the principal teacher of basketball at Sports University, our home
facility. Joe was formerly the head coach of basketball at a
neighboring facility in Northern NJ after seeing the need to grow he
started a program on his own here at Sport U. Obviously many of his
students and players followed him here to Sports U. He trains many
local current and hopeful NBA players, NCAA stars and Division 1
upstarts coming out of the top programs in America.
was recently brought on to be our strength and conditioning coach.
Loud has an extensive background as a pro athlete in the proper
regimens for bodybuilding that is relevant to strength training
exclusively for basketball. His son Lucious is also a standout member
of our team a 6Ē2 14 yr old shooting guard attending the top HS
basketball program in America St Anthony.
serves as General Mgr/President of the Sports U AAU program. His
responsibilities center around Fund raising, Community Outreach, and
presenting the program on a national level. Darryl Dawkins is the Head
We have based all of our
basketball operations out Sports University in Fairfield NJ. The gymnasium
we use is within the Sports University complex. Sports University is an
athletic performance facility. They work with adults and youth who are
looking to not only improve their performance in their preferred sport of
choice but also focus on the total athlete and the improvement in speed
agility and power. It is often to be on the basketball floor and see a
local pro athlete from any one of a number of pro teams.
We invite you to stay abreast with us as our program grows.