CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The 20/20 League is something co-founders Tre McLean and Travis Smith say they wished they had grown up in Charleston.
Former West basketball players Ashley and Porter-Gaud launched the youth basketball organization last summer.
“I mean we love what we’re doing here,” McLean said. “Very passionate about this program just because for Travis and I, where we come from. When you look at these kids, you see each other. So, that being said, that’s what drives us.
Currently, the program is only for school-aged children. McLean says it’s a way for them to help athletes from different backgrounds in the Charleston area excel on and off the field.
He adds that he has seen children grow up in the program from first to second grade.
“Kids, they’re more receptive to information,” McLean said. “We’ve had kids come up to us and say ‘hey, I struggled at school. I just saw myself as an athlete, I thought if I scored the most points or if I won this championship, that’s how I would achieve my goal.
During the organization’s second summer, they are also hosting town hall meetings for players and their parents to hear from different guest speakers and learn how to prepare to become student-athletes at the next level.
“SAT, ACT prep, GPA, core classes, the importance of your guidance counselor,” McLean said. “Also able to instill confidence and self-awareness. How should you behave in class, on the bench, listen, be coachable. »
He says the 20/20 League has grown from 140 kids last summer to around 180 this summer. McLean says they aim to expand it to 240 children next summer.
They also aim to expand to other age groups in the future.
“We wanted to instill and create a resource that, had we had it when we arrived, might have given some of our docks an even greater chance of success,” McLean said.
More information on the 20/20 League on the organization’s website.
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