NLAB Sports is known for providing high quality youth basketball training. Parents and members in the community have asked if NLAB were going to launch a soccer program. Well on February 19th, NLAB made that a reality. NLAB kicked of the soccer program by hosting their first ever Soccer Skills Clinic. There were about 20 kids that attended the soccer program. It was a great, fun and intense environment. Parents were very excited about the clinic as well as the future trainings. At the end of the clinic NLAB introduced the SAM (Soccer Agility Mentoring) Academy for ages 6-13 years old. The SAM Academy will focus on the fundamentals of soccer as well as other skill-sets needed to be a great all around player. The SAM Academy will take place on Sundays from 3-4pm at the San Bernardino location. For more details on the SAM program click here. To see photos of the soccer clinic click here.
The man with the handles and the player who represents "heart over height" standing at only 6 feet has made a huge impact for the NLAB basketball program.
Khaneal Mason, from Fresno California has years of experience in the game of basketball.
"Honestly, I have been playing basketball for pretty much as long as I could remember. I've always loved sports and basketball has always been my favorite. I legitimately love the of basketball," said Mason.
Alumnus of the University of La Verne, Mason focused on school first as any student athlete should. While playing at La Verne during his four-year career, Mason played in 95 games shooting 43% from the field at the one spot which he was not accustom too.
"I played point guard mostly in growing up, but in high school I played off the ball a lot more as we always had great guards at Clovis West High school. I came into college as a combo guard but injuries pushed me to primary point guard," said Mason.
His experience at the University of La Verne was more than just the game of basketball. He accomplished a great goal that every college student wants.
"I loved playing at ULV. I got the opportunity to play major minutes for four years and my class left a mark on the program. We helped change the culture. I majored in psychology and I learned so much, plus there's nothing like walking across that stage on graduation," said Mason.
Mason loves working with the kids at NLAB. He comes in with a fun, positive attitude but also knows how to guide the athletes in the right direction when it comes to not only their athletic ability but outside of basketball as well.
"Seeing the improvement everybody has been making and hearing stories about how they are playing so well in their games is what makes NLAB so great. I have to mention the incredible jobs Coach Carter and Coach Shannon do to make my job easy."
With a bright smile, generosity for others and a knack for defense, Coach Shannon Irwin is a strong presence when working for NLAB. Irwin grew up in Dublin, California just about 45 minutes away from San Francisco. She has been playing basketball for a long 18 years and still wishes she can play at the University of La Verne where she also received her bachelors in science in kinesiology while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. Irwin has been with NLAB for two years now enjoying every second she spends with the athletes.
"NLAB focuses on fundamentals and the game as a whole. We put the kids first and focus on them as individuals on and off the court," said Irwin. One thing that many of basketball players tend to do when they miss a numerous of shots is let it get to their head forcing them to make mental mistakes.
"Young athletes need to learn that you will make mistakes, but to not let them affect your mindset," said Irwin.
Athletes from all over should learn that you will not always have the perfect game but it is up to you to keep going when you aren't making the shots that should go down.
On Saturday September 23rd, we hosted a FREE basketball camp at The Water of Life Community Church in Fontana. The camp was for ages 8-18 and co-ed. This was a wonderful time for parents and community members to see what NLAB Sports was all about. We had kids from all skill levels attend the camp. The athletes were put through many drills to test the strength and conditioning as well as their basketball skill sets.
At the end of the camp NLAB coaches mentored the athletes on the importance of education and how to utilize sports as a tool and a motivator. One of the highlights of the camp was the athletes had opportunities to play 1 on 1 against the coaches and if they scored, they won a prize. Check out all the photos from the camp here.
If you are interested in training with NLAB Sports, check out the BAM Academy here.
This was a busy summer for the NLAB team. We formed a wonderful partnership with The Institute for Precision in Movement which is a performance and physical therapy facility located in San Bernardino. In the middle part of June we launched our 8-week summer basketball and agility program. The program was co-ed, ages 8-18 years old and was designed for all skill levels. The Precision In Movement team focused on the strength and agility portion and we focused on basketball. Here is a message from Pete Lingas (owner of Precision In Movement):
Please take a look at some of the photos from the summer basketball camp. Please click here.
Now that the summer camp is over, we are formerly introducing our B.A.M. (Basketball Agility Mentoring) Training Academy. This will be our ongoing basketball training academy. To learn more about B.AM., please click here.
We are BACK! Since our basketball camp last summer, we have been hard at work looking for a location to host our basketball programs. We are happy to announce that we have partnered up with The Institute for Precision In Movement. This is a sports physical therapy, movement analysis and performance training facility located in San Bernardino. This is a wonderful opportunity for our athletes to get hands on basketball training as well as high end agility training. We are kicking off the summer by providing an 8-Week Summer Basketball program (co-ed ages 8-18 years old). Click here for more details regarding the camp.
On Saturday June 4th, NLAB hosted a youth basketball skills clinic at the Highland YMCA. This was a co-ed clinic ages 8-14 years old. The basketball clinic was facilitated by former and current college coaches and players from the surrounding areas. There were a total of 11 coaches and players from Riverside Community College and La Verne. The gym was jam packed with a total of 60+ kids that attended the clinic. NLAB was proudly sponsored by Gatorade and the kids all received Gatorade bottles and Gatorade towels. We also had many kids sponsored by the hard work of an individual(s) from the San Bernardino School district. The cost of the clinic was $20. The kids also received a NLAB Sports bag and a t-shirt. At the end of the clinic the kids were fed pizza and Gatorade beverages.
The basketball clinic was extremely organized and well thought out. The coaches had the kids in all sorts of drills. These drills included ball handling, shooting, lay-up, defense and more. The kids were very excited to learn from the coaches. “I was never taught how to do a proper lay-up” said one of the kids. This is special to hear because our goal was to teach the basics, so the athletes could walk away and feel like they learned something. The coaches had a mentoring session were they would talk to the kids about life, education and the importance of good grades. At the end of the clinic, former Los Angeles Clipper player Keith Closs came out to talk to the kids about life and athletics. The kids were truly inspired and motivated by his story. The feedback from parents were nothing but positive. They were excited to see their kids learning the game of basketball. NLAB will be hosting future clinics in various sports. Please follow us on our site for updates. To view the clinic photos click here
On February 8th, the NLAB Sports team was present at the Annual Athletes Career Expo for the Cal State Fullerton Athletics program. The event was definitely a success! NLAB Sports were swarmed with student athletes interested in the NLAB program. This was the first time NLAB attended this particular event. NLAB was sharing the many different opportunities student-athletes could get involved such as volunteering and interning. #nlab