WHO IS GIVE N' GROW?
Give N' Grow Basketball (GNG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in Baltimore, MD that elevates the mental, emotional and physical health of youth by combining the fundamentals of mental health such as mindfulness, emotion management and breathwork with the fundamentals of basketball.
Between 2020-2022, we've delivered empowering programming, like our summer basketball camp, to thousands of youth across the country in partnerships with organizations like Under Armour, Dick's Sporting Goods, the Jr. NBA, the Cleveland Cavs Youth Org., the Jr. 76ers, and elementary schools in 10+ states (and counting!).
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SUMMER CAMP
Coach Ben and Coach Mac are elite, high-energy, and encouraging coaches with a passion for both personal development and basketball development.
Give N' Grow believes, and studies show, that bringing the fundamentals of mental health such as mindfulness, emotion/anger management, and breathwork to kids will help them grow as students, friends and of course as basketball players.
During our summer basketball camp players will learn both fundamental basketball skills and fundamental mental health and performance skills simultaneously.
We create a positive, fun and empowering learning environment by using upbeat music, dance breaks, and conversations that inspire empathy, compassion, and healthy communication.
Our coaches will meet your child where they are at and help them grow into the player and person they want to be, no matter their current skill level.
If you're looking for an elite basketball experience for your child, you're in great hands! Both Coach Ben and Coach Ryan played college basketball and know how to effectively teach the basics and the elite details of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense.
AND all 6 of our hoops can be lowered to 7.5 feet, guaranteeing that EVERYONE is getting BUCKETS!
- Ball handling
- Triple Threat
- Mindfulness / Body Awareness
- Emotion Management
- Positive Self Talk
- Be Where Your Feet Are
- See. Breathe. Do.
WHO IS BASKETBALL CAMP FOR?
2nd-6th graders of all genders and skills levels are welcome to camp.
WHEN IS SUMMER CAMP?
Currently we have two weeks of camp available - July 25th-28th and August 1st-4th.
All camps run Monday - Thursday from 9am-12pm.
WHERE IS SUMMER CAMP?
John Ruhrah Elementary Middle School
701 Rappolla St, Baltimore MD 21224
We have mastered engaging students virtually and we are revolutionizing mental health programming and youth basketball training in partnership with the Jr. NBA, Cleveland Cavs Youth Sports, Jr. 76ers, Under Armour, Dick's Sporting Goods and elementary schools across the country.
We even teamed up with WNBA & NBA Players to virtually serve hundreds of kids for NBA All-Star Weekend in partnership with Jr NBA!
BIGGER THAN BASKETBALL CAMP
“Why do you need to play Division 1 or professional sports to get access to the mental/emotional skills that sports psychologists offer elite players?”
This was one of the questions that drove our mission of elevating the physical, emotional, and mental health of youth.
That’s why we combine fundamental mental health skills like mindfulness and social emotional learning (SEL) with basketball drills, so the kids enjoy learning these life skills that will help them be successful on and off the court.
To help us create our FUNdaMENTALs ™ curriculum, we collaborated with NBA Mental Skills Trainer Graham Betchart, NBPA (National Basketball Player’s Association) Mental Health Counselor Dr. William Parham, and a bevy of other professionals in the fields of mental health and childhood development.
GNG IN ACTION
What The Kids Are Saying
"The program Coach Ben and Coach Ryan teach is great for boys and girls of all skill levels and ages. If you are looking for a program that teaches the fundamentals of basketball within a positive and fun learning environment, I strongly recommend Give N’ Grow Basketball."
"Our daughter LOVES Coaches Ben and Ryan. She really looks forward to their classes. Us parents love them too. They are such great role models to the kids. It's not just basketball coaching. Coaches Ben and Ryan teach and role model mindfulness, appreciation, confidence, sharing, caring for others. And it's just so extra special when others in addition to us parents, are cheering on our kids and making them realize how special each of them are."
My son's skills have improved so much. The coaches start with the fundamentals of basketball which is very important. They are patient, they help build my son's confidence, and my son loves going, which is very important. I recommend Give N' Grow Basketball, you will not be disappointed."
Executive Director, Head Basketball Skills Trainer
In 2011, Coach Ryan held his first individual training session and hasn’t looked back! Since then, he has been training individual players, groups, and basketball teams in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. Additionally, he enjoys coaching at professional camps including the Michael Carter-Williams Pro Camp in Philadelphia!
After graduating college, he served as an Assistant Basketball Coach for his alma mater, Holy Name HS in Reading, PA. Coach Ryan is always mastering his craft and sharing his passion for basketball with everyone he encounters.
As Head Basketball Trainer Coach Ryan goes above and beyond to ensure skill and character growth. He breaks skills down with a positive, engaging energy that allows players of all skill levels to thrive. In each session, you can count on Coach Ryan to educate and inspire!
B.S. Leisure and Sports Studies, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, 2015
2 Year Starter, Reading Area Community College Basketball
Founder, Head Mental Skills Trainer
Coach Ben is a basketball player, motivational speaker, rapper, and mental skills trainer who has travelled the world inspiring people to be the best they can be.
Ben worked for the NBA team the Atlanta Hawks, and was a footwear developer for Under Armour where he helped to create all of the custom Under Armour shoes worn by NBA players, including Steph Curry.
He has lived in Ghana in Western Africa where he served as a mental skills trainer for basketball players, and he is the founder, chairman, and head mental skills trainer for Give N’ Grow Basketball.
B.A. Mathematics, Washington & Jefferson College, 2013
Captain, W&J College Men’s Basketball 2010-2013
Certified Professional Life Coach, iPEC, 2017
2X Certified Breathwork Facilitator, SOMA Breath & Elemental Rhythm Breathwork