In the News
Seniors from all over the state
of Virginia gathered in Forest for the MidAtlantic Unsigned Seniors Showcase.
Team Genesis of Lynchburg, Virginia and ASSIST of Richmond, Virginia partnered
to host the event and invited over 150 college coaches from the region to
attend the showcase in hopes the coaches would identify players to fill their
basketball rosters for next season.
This was an opportunity for
current and upcoming seniors to showcase their basketball skills in front of
college coaches and compete for available athletic scholarships. Players who
were currently unsigned to a school underwent a rigorous workout routine and
participated in nearly 3 hours of intense basketball games to highlight their
skills. The college coaches in attendance were impressed by its participants.
Two seniors were offered team tryouts, and many others were invited to begin
open communication with college coaches, which is a first step in the
Footage from the event along with
player contact information will be sent to hundreds of additional coaches,
ensuring many other scholarship offers will result from this very successful
August 12, 2011
TG participants record a PSA to promote the Books and Ball Program at the ESPN Radio studio!
August 6, 2011
Team Genesis hosted its first 17 and under tournament.
Tournament Champs, Triangle Flight of North Carolina!________________________________________________________________________
May 6, 2011
Harry Williams, President, and BJ Davis, skills training participant appear of "Living in the Heart of Virginia."
March 8, 2011
Books and Ball Participants Attend Wizards Game VIP Style
As a reward for their efforts this school year, ten students from the Books and Ball Program were selected to receive a free trip to a Washington Wizards game. Students watched the game from the members only "The Player's Club" where they also had the opportunity to meet NFL Player Joe Haden and other well-known sports figures.
March 1, 2011
February 28, 2011
Team Genesis Board Member, Amanda Williams, hosts a workshop on "Leadership Lessons from Sports" at the Anderson Leadership Conference at Lynchburg College.
February 27, 2011
New York Times, ESPN Review of Team Genesis Participant
There has been a lot of buzz lately about former Team Genesis participant, Nurideen Lindsey. First, it was the October article in the New York Times where LaSalle's Coach Giannini states "...if people looked past his tattoos, they would find someone with the intelligence of an Ivy League philosophy student." Now ESPN Insider's Chad Ford states, "A number of top scouts told me that they have Lindsey projected as a solid second-round pick should he declare for the draft. A few scouts have him in the first round." And one NBA scout is quoted as saying, "...I know scorers, and he can score in any league." Today, a New York City billboard stands in his honor, awaiting his arrival to St. John's in the fall.
Sure, he scored 48 points in his season opener this year, but even more than basketball, billboards and brains, Nurideen has a story that is both heartbreaking and inspirational.
Philadelphia native Nurideen moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, after the tragic shootings of two of his brothers. He had been a basketball phenomenon in Philadelphia, but left the sport, and quit school after the death of his second brother.
Team Genesis President, Harry Williams, met Nurideen in 2009, shortly after Nurideen's move to the more peaceful and safe Seven Hills region. Even at that time, there was no doubt that Nurideen was meant to be a star. Nurideen possessed a magnetic personality, natural athleticism and a no nonsense on-court demeanor. And, these qualities were backed by family support comparable to that of royalty. The only thing that Nurideen lacked at that time was information and a little direction.
Team Genesis stepped in and offered both, and within less than a year, Nurideen was enrolled in Redlands Community College on a basketball scholarship, even after having been distant from the game for two years. Upon completion, Nurideen is set to attend St. John's, and is anticipating entering the 2012 NBA draft.
We'll be looking out for more great things from Nurideen Lindsey, and support him as he continually turns tragedy into triumph. With the names of his brothers tattooed over his eyes, he reflects on his past, but looks confidently into his future...and so do we.