What We Do
Sports are an important part of our culture in the United States. This is especially true in Southern Arizona’s Wildcat country! It is commonly understood that sports build character and develop life long healthy habits in youth, yet access to professional sports instruction is often limited to families who can afford to pay hundreds of dollars for camps, clinics and team participation. Joseph Blair started the Arizona Basketball Academy in 2000, in an attempt to offer professional basketball instruction to youth that otherwise may not have the opportunity due to economic or social limitations
The mission of the Blair Charity Group is to develop the youth and young adults of Southern Arizona through accessible programs, sports camps, clinics and leagues that build leadership, life skills and community engagement. Our premier program, The Arizona Basketball Academy, ABA, promotes the social and physical well-being of boys and girls ages 9 -18. 2016 is the 16th year that the ABA has been offered free of charge in Southern Arizona, serving more than 1,000 youth annually.
The ABA and it’s founder, Joseph Blair, have received numerous awards and accolades for our impact in the community including: The commissioner’s award, Mayor Bob Walkup proclaimed June 23rd as Joseph Blair Day and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords placed mention of the ABA and its impact on the community into the library of Congress.
ABA is offered as a week-long camp each summer and a series of one day clinics throughout Southern Arizona. ABA focuses on basketball skills as well as building social, leadership and life skills. Our professional coaching staff rivals that of programs costing thousands of dollars to attend. This years coaching staff included UA Players Gabe York, Parker Jackson Cartwright, Kaleb Tarczewski, Resha Brisol and Ali Gould! In 2015 we hosted a second week long camp featuring former Wildcats, Solomon Hill (Indiana Pacers) and Derrick Williams (NY Knicks).Primary Goals:
- Teach ways to maintain physical optimization to ward off obesity and promote overall physical balance
- Teach and cultivate teamwork
- Teach and cultivate responsibility
- Encourage social interaction within diverse economic, social, and geographical groups
The Arizona Basketball Academy was started in 2000 by Joseph Blair in an attempt to offer a true and professional basketball camp experience to youth that otherwise would not have the opportunity or means, because of economic or social limitations…
Arizona Basketball Academy offers FREE one day basketball clinics. The location of the weekend clinics change each month in order to be more easily accessible to the youth! Monthly clinics are limited to 50 kids so register early to ensure a space! …
“It was down to the last two players: A Prodigy player aimed, shot, & missed. Cameron from the Boom Squad was up last. If he made this shot he would win the game for the team. Then….SWOOSH…Cameron scored!!! His teammates and coaches lifted him up in the air and cheered. I’ve never seen my son smile so big…”