Goliad P.E. Teacher Joe Bright goes above and beyond helping students have fun while staying physically active in school, he also runs, Joe Bright Basketball Training, a program for local area students.
"My slogan is 'Let the dream begin,' says Bright. It's a hundred percent for the kids in the community [and] all around. It's just trying to teach them the basics, and at the same time let them know that [the program] is bigger than basketball."
Bright went on to say that his program focuses on building character and leadership skills. He advised that this training isn't exclusively for basketball skills and the conditioning and footwork can be beneficial for other sports, and noted that the lessons learned in the program can carry over to other areas of life. "It's definitely bigger than just basketball and wins and losses. What we do now carries over in the long run."
"I'm a former basketball player and I'm a firm believer in that," continued Bright. "Everything that I have learned and took from sports, I'm doing it now as a teacher."
Teaching kids lessons that they'll carry with them outside of basketball is something that Bright has a passion for, and he says that because of limited gym availability he's not able to accept all kids that want to sign up for his program. He stated that if anyone knew of a gym that's available for use or that's available to rent, he'd appreciate the information so he could reach out to them about using their facilities for his program.
Bright is originally from Chicago, IL. He later moved to Minnesota with his family where he graduated high school. He later attended Howard College and played on the 2009-2010 National Championship team. He was also named Region 5 Defensive player of the year once, he was also Named to the All- WJCAC Team his sophomore year. After graduating with his Associate's Degree, Joe attended Stephen F. Austin where he continued his college basketball career, and earned his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology.
You can keep up with Joe Bright Basketball Training through his Facebook page, Instagram - joebrightball, email Jabzoola@gmail.com, or call him at (763) 237-4800.
This summer, Bright will be working as Co-Director at the Nike Basketball Training Camp that will be held in Colorado City at Wolf Gymnasium from June 18-22nd. Ages eligible for this camp are 8-18 and it will be co-ed. For more information you can check out: https://www.ussportscamps.com/basketball/nike/nike-basketball-camp-wolf-gymnasium