THE RIGHT TOUCH BASKETBALL PHILOSOPHY
Right Touch Training & Development has been producing collegiate Basketball players in the State of Arizona since 2001. Athletes have gone on to play at NCAA Div 1, Div 2, NAIA & Junior College programs. Right Touch firmly believes in teaching and equipping young players to perform at a high level of basketball as well as preparing them to take advantage of opportunities for competitive play.
Right Touch Basketball is currently running programs with the City of Avondale, City of Litchfield Park. RTB is also a proud sponsor of the South West Valley Regional YMCA.
Right Touch is committed to making sure our players understand the importance of excelling in school in addition to excelling on the basketball court. Good grades throughout the school year are expected and regularly monitored by our trainers. If a player receives a “C” or below average grade in any subject, they will be spoken to by their trainer and, in many cases, suspended from the program until grades are improved upon.
ONE OF OUR GOALS IS TO CREATE HIGHLY VISIBLE STUDENT ATHLETES, THUS PROVIDING THEM WITH POTENTIAL POSSIBILITIES FOR ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR COLLEGE LEVEL PLAY.
LOOKING FOR A TEAM?
Right Touch is affiliated with many club basketball programs in Phoenix and it’s surrounding areas. Teams are available for players ages 8 – 16.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: 623-329-1472
WHO IS RIGHT TOUCH BASKETBALL?
Founder & President
Basketball has always been an integral part of Kwame Hymes’s life. After years of hard work, the opportunity to play professionally was quickly approaching. He had been battling, what he thought, was a hernia and fatigue for several months before giving into his coaches suggestion to see a physician. What he found out, changed his life forever. He was in stage four, the final stage, of Hodgkins Disease, a type of cancer that attacks the lymphnodes. He immediately flew home to Arizona, abandoning his studies, and basketball career to begin the fight of his life.
He spent years trying to find out how to feel fulfilled without basketball, until he came to the understanding that he didn’t have to. After re-evaluating his battle with illness, symptoms that should have alerted him early on, were ignored. Kwame’ Hymes found Athletes 4 Awareness, a cancer education program designed to bring focus to early detection, in the hopes that others could benefit from his story. The organization’s first event , Hoops for Awareness, was held on July 18, 2009, at US Airways Center. Kwame was able to bring parents and their children together through sports. He held a basketball clinic on the floor of the arena, which was a treat for all athletes involved, but he also invited valley clinics to speak to parents about early detection, and the importance of regular check-ups. Kwame shared his story, reminding parents to listen to their bodies, while keeping themselves healthy. No one should have to give up their dreams, or miss out on seeing their children live out their dreams.
Along with leading Athletes 4 Awareness, Kwame is the owner and lead trainer of Right Touch Basketball Training and Development. He prides himself on preparing students to compete at “the next level”. Additionally, Kwame is a Chairman of the Phoenix Urban Sports Collaboration Committee, as well as the head coach and director of Arizona Legacy Club Basketball program.
Brian Cook Drafted 24th pick in the 1st round in the 2003 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, has had many accomplishments in his playing career. Beginning with being a 1999 McDonald’s All – American, leading the Fighting Illini to a #1 seed in the NCAA Tourney averaging 20 points per game and also being selected second team All – American 2002-03 season. Cook has played with the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Houston Rockets and the Washington Bullets.
Coach Brian Cook is exactly what our community and players within have needed. Not only does Brian bring PURE professionalism to the Right Touch Program, but he brings in the experience of WINNING. Coach Cook is excited to be working with our Youth in the “Valley of the Sun” and Right Touch is Excited to have him directing our training programs.