Brooklyn Ballers is so much more than an “afterschool program”. It transforms communities and changes lives with a structured and simple approach to village engagement. Brooklyn Ballers program offers vital and customized components of extracurricular school programs such as sports, tutoring, music, drama, the arts, mentoring, and counseling.
Brooklyn Sports and Arts Enrichment Academy
Donations and Funding
The objective of our program is to help teach and mentor students through the vehicle of organized sports
Mr. Gill is a native Brooklynite. He has coached and taught basketball and life fundamentals to our youth since 1989. He was an All-NYC high school player in the 1970’s and lettered for 4 years at Hunter College in New York City. He coached teams to back-to-back championship game appearances in the esteemed Jackie Robinson Program for Physical Culture in 1989 and 1990 and has volunteered as a youth AAU Basketball coach for the past 15 years. His teams have placed highly in the AAU Nationals on many occasions and produced dozens of scholarship players. He has been at the helm of the organization since its inception and has seen many of the programs graduates go on to be fine college students, police officers, firemen, Ivy league graduates, pro players, and all-around outstanding citizens.
Gary Sheares, also a native Brooklynite, caught the coaching bug at a very young age. After graduating from Tilden H.S., where he was a varsity star for three years, Coach G., as he is known throughout Brooklyn, saw a need in his Bedford-Stuyvesant community to help children at risk. He was an assistant coach for the legendary, Gil Reynolds for the Vanguard Oilers basketball program and is a master at teaching the fundamentals of basketball and applying them to life situations in a manner that children can relate to. He is commonly thought of as the finest developer of young talent in the borough of Brooklyn. In 2003, his 8th graders won the AAU Division II National Basketball Championship with a team comprised of players exclusively from Brooklyn. He has placed several players in high level Division 1 basketball programs and continues to mentor and coach young kids today. Coach Sheares is a community leader who is at the helm or the Brooklyn Ballers Classic, a Summer youth tourney in which over 20 teams with players from age 10-18 participate in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in front of coaches offering scholarships to High School and college.
Detective Kenneth Sealey much like all of the Brooklyn Ballers Coaches grew up in Brooklyn. He played AAU Basketball with Vanguard Oilers Basketball organization coached by Gil Reynolds. Later he played scholastically at Brooklyn powerhouse Bishop Loughlin in the early 1980’s. After graduating with honors from Bishop Loughlin HS, Coach Sealey enrolled in the U.S. Army where he was honorably discharged three years later. He is a decorated detective and has been with the NYPD for the past 20 years and relishes his role in helping the youth of his community and understand what it takes to become good citizens and good players. Coach Sealey’s patience and keen basketball knowledge have made him a favorite of student-athletes wherever he has coached.
Donated to the Brooklyn Ballers on behalf of Chris Chozza
“At the end of the day, Brooklyn Ballers provides a loving, nurturing safe space where children can enjoy structured
wholesome activity. A place to learn while having fun with your friends, as part of the extended school day.”