Coach Shaun Best is the owner and coach of a program called “Jumpshots over Gunshots”. The program was created to encourage kids, to shoots Jumpshots, oppose to shooting guns shots.
Born and raised in Harlem New York, Shaun Best was bothered by the rise of violence in his community. So instead of just sitting around, he decided to gather some of the kids in his community and put them in a few local tournament. Most of his players are inexperienced and have never played organized basketball prior to joining the “JumpShot over Gunshots” program, but with a little direction, hard work, and dedication, Shaun Best was able to get his 12 and under team just one win away from a championship in world famous Rucker park last summer.
Working with no sponsorships or outside funding, “Best uses money out of his pocket, to pay the tournament fees, he also buys the kids water, Gatorade, and pizza after every game, all while using his personal vehicle to provide transportation to and from games. The “Jumpshots over Gunshots” program also stays in touch with the kids during the offseason, to make sure they’re keeping up with their grades, and doing the right thing off the court.
When I asked Shaun Best, why he do what he do, he just smiled and said, ” I just love giving back to the kids and the community”.