You probably have never heard of the Student Basketball Forum, but if author/speaker/businessman Marc Isenberg and Nolan Smith of the Portland Trail Blazers (and former Duke Blue Devil) have their way, the “Forum” will gather the strength to empower the next generation of great college and pro basketball players and great leaders. The gentlemen have made their presence known on an official Facebook page and they received some positive press a few days ago in the Wall Street Journal.
The Forum’s missions are as follows:
- Empower: We believe uninformed and misinformed athletes are easy marks for unscrupulous coaches, boosters, agents, financial advisors and even friends and family. The Forum will educate and empower players to take a more active role in shaping their future success—and give hem the educational tools necessary to do so.
- Advocate: College basketball is a great game, but it is a questionable business, especially when viewed though the athletes’ experience. College players need a group dedicated to their interests. Think about it: Every other group within the NCAA’s hierarchy has an group that represents college presidents, athletic directors and coaches. It’s 2011: College basketball players deserve an organization that unapologetically serves them.
- Mentor: Too many professional athletes end up experiencing problems— financial, physical and mental. This is a reversible trend—at least for those who are willing to put in the time necessary to learn how the business of sports works. In order to help basketball players succeed, The Forum will build a trusted mentorship network to help the next generation of players succeed.