College Bound Student Athletes (CBSA), which trains local basketball stars like Putnam's Taelon Martin and former MacDuffie point guard Jaylen Franklin, will team with the Dunbar Community Center this fall to offer affordable basketball training and college preparation, according to CBSA founder Rob Kelly.
The "Train To Achieve" program will give students a study hall after school from 4:45 to 6 p.m. every Monday through Friday, followed by a basketball circuit training program from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The dual approach, according to Kelly, allows students to prepare for the next level both athletically and academically.
"One of our goals is to build in young athletes pillars for success based on self-discipline, hard-work and humility on the court as well as in the classroom. We discuss topics like nutrition, injury prevention, and the recruiting process — all things that are important for the long-term success of our athletes," Kelly said. "Those involved will become high-achieving high-school student athletes and potential collegiate basketball players."
CBSA was founded in 2010, as Kelly took a CYO squad and turned them into a competitive local AAU program. Kelly wanted to ensure that his student-athletes were prepared for the next level, ready to achieve their highest potential level of success.
Now, after pairing up with the Dunbar Community Center, CBSA is looking to bring in up to 30 student-athletes per session. Each session is $10, which includes both the workout and the study hall. The fall program begins on Sept. 6. and runs through Nov. 10.
Discounts and pre-pay options are available. Parents or athletes interested in CBSA's training can contact Kelly at CollegeBoundStudentAthletes@gmail.com.