The Scott’s All-Stars started the AAU season with a weekend on March 3-4.
According to All-Star founder Marcus Scott IV, the retreat was to promote team unity, clarify program information, and exercise team bonding, as well as educate participants of the mission and vision for the program.
Scott said, “They learned the ABCs of Scott’s All-Stars, which include putting academics first, utilizing our tutorial program to obtain ultimate academic success, strengthening core basketball skills, sustaining a drug-free lifestyle, giving back to the communities they live in and striving for higher education, which myself and our dedicated mentors strongly believe in and try to teach them during our monthly college and university tours.”
During the retreat, 15 SAS players stayed at Scott’s home and watched movies, learned how to take game stats, performed their monthly community service by cleaning yards for the elderly and participated in fundraising.
“The kids had a wonderful time together, but more importantly they learned the importance of being a team and knowing how to represent Scott’s All-Stars program,” Scott said. “If our kids are in the principal’s office, they know it better be because they are getting an award. Our kids know they represent us and we will not be misrepresented. We expect excellence, so they usually try to give it to us. We have great kids that always try to exceed our expectation.”
Scott said that, due to the number of currently qualified coaches, the All-Stars will field only two teams this year, one for fifth graders and one for sixth.
“There is definitely a need to expand our program and we get asked to start different grade levels every day, but until we have coaches that are committed to being a positive influence, we will not add additional teams,” Scott said.
Recently, Darrell West, who helped build the program, quit as a coach to focus on a semi-pro football team he started, the Georgia Bombers. He has said he will consult with the All-Stars.
“His expertise will be greatly missed,” Scott said.