Future Beyond Sports Seminar 2

“Trust your instinct and follow your passion.”

–DJ Reese

On Sunday, January 19th, student-athletes from the community and Basketball Brotherhood members participated in the first annual Future Beyond Sports Panel Discussion. It was an informative showdown! Students had an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts about life after high school from the perspective of young, successful entrepreneurs.

The event was held at Villa Rica High School. The esteemed panel featured Shade Cannie, Jaleesa Hudson, Melinda Wright, Greg “DJ Makaveli” Amadi, and Reese “DJ Reese” Newbold. Each panelist provided a unique perspective on various topics developed by Brooke Lane, who organized and moderated the event. The panelists were inspiring and transparent about their triumphs and downfalls after high school.

Many of the student-athletes left motivated and inspired by the words of the panelists. 2020 graduate Taylor commented that “The realness in “the panelists’ personal stories about life after high school really opened my eyes”. 2020 graduate Dasia remarked, “Mrs. Jaleesa’s success after her knee injury motivated her to think seriously about her plan after track season.” 2020 graduate Lyle added, “After listening to the panelists, he knows what questions to ask on his official college visits.” The students who participated in this seminar feel a new sense of direction regarding their exploration of life after high school and college. Students were motivated to do more than just graduate from high school; With the motivation from successful business owners, an opportunity to interact and ask questions with those who have been in their position coupled with a degree of transparency provided by the panelist—created an atmosphere that captivated all those involved. It was truly a day to remember and a successful seminar. The Basketball Brotherhood, Inc. looks forward to continuing education about life after high school in years to come.

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