Motion Elite Youth Development Basketball Program
Motion Elite is a youth development program that uses basketball as a tool to develop each player. This program has three components as its core element, the game, quote work and life skills. These components, when combined together provide a safe place for the youth’s development that focuses on the whole player. Basketball is a great way to get most youth unplugged from one of the many devices that keeps them from connecting with society. Part of developing is taking time for human interaction which our quote work and life skill portion provides. We bring a holistic approach to the growth outcomes, while allowing the youth to engage in their own development process. We are committed to helping our youth build a strong moral core, great sportsmanship, and a foundation that is essential for social engagement. Through one on one and group mentoring, the youth develop life skills around respect, responsibilities and consequences. At the commencement of the programs, through basketball tournaments, camps, clinics, and leagues the youth are given the opportunity to showcase their acquired skills. Our coaches set one very high standard for all to apply. This standard commands a reach for excellence that builds respect and positive expectations. D’Lana O’Neal Certified Youth Development Practitioner
Motion Elite Basketball Program Head Coach
As a teen I was part of the Young Simbas, an African Centered Mentor Program at the local church. This program, along with the moral values insilled in me by my Grandmothers, taught me how to think independently, critically and objectively. I learned conflict resolution skills which aided in my ability to be thoughtful and open minded. I graduated from Senn High School, where I was the Vice President of the Student Council and played on the Football Team. I went on to Truman College where I studied English and Creative Writing. It was with each of these experiences that led me to live life with an understanding that when you know better, you must do better! In an effort to pay it forward, I took on a role as a Volunteer Youth Mentor in the Young Simbas program. The passion to help others improve their way of thinking and better their situation, led me to branch out into other neighborhood outreach programs and youth sports leagues. To advance my career, I became certified as a Personal Trainer and obtained my Team Sports Coaching Certificate. In 2013, I simultaneously became the Director of Operations for the Team Flight Basketball AAU Travel Team and Boys Basketball High School Coach for Mather High School. In these roles I had the opportunity to coach multiple teams from 6th Grade to 12th Grade as well as organize and operate multiple basketball camps and clinics. My work in these roles and coaching expertise gained recognition from the Roycemore Private School Athletics Department which led to my current position as the schools Head Coach for the Boys Basketball Team. While I continue to enjoy my position with Roycemore, I felt the need to further my work in the community as a Leader and Mentor to not only the youth, but adults as well. I, along with the founder of Local-Motions developed the Motion Elite Basketball Program to allow myself, and a team of coaches, the opportunity to groom individuals in a similar fashion of the program I was once privileged to participate in as a young man. Motion Elite prides itself with the ability to educate each member of our family on work ethic, critical thinking, respect, and self worth. We also show our students how to live a healthier lifestyle through proper food intake, individualized work out plans and a strong state of mind.
Motion Elite Basketball Program Coach
After playing basketball all four years at Senn high School (2008-2012), I attended Western Illinois University studying Athletic Training (2012-2013). My dedication for helping athletes improve didn’t stop there. For the past 5 years, I’ve coached youth basketball at many levels such as Park district leagues, High school teams, and AAU programs. I recently coached at St Benedict High school (2015-2016), as well as Mather High School (2016-2017. During the spring and summer, I dedicate my coaching to AAU for numerous age levels. Through all of my coaching experiences, not only have I dedicated myself to improving each individual as a basketball player, but more importantly as a person.
Motion Elite Basketball Program Coach
Coach Leron Gray for “Motion Elite” is a resident of Evanston, Illinois and a graduate of Evanston Township High School. He is a graduate from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Coach Gray specializes in player motivation as well as youth instructing and development. He has years of experience in camp counseling and two years as a camp director at Robert Crown Community Center in Evanston. While he attended Northern Illinois University he coached two seasons of basketball at the Kishwaukee Family YMCA in Sycamore, Illinois for 4th and 5th grade kids. Coach Gray coaches with confidence, honesty, loyalty, and more importantly … patience!!!. Recently he was a part of the AAU Team Flight program before making the transition to “Motion Elite” which he coached and trained 4th -6th graders over the last two year time span. His beliefs in coaching are the responsibility of each coach to teach players the value of good teamwork and sportsmanship. These are life’s lessons that kids can use on and off the court. He finds an abundance of excitement in coaching the youth and providing a great environment in which young men can develop themselves socially, and athletically.
Motion Elite Traveling Team - Photos