Smiths Station Native Hopes to Prepare Local Middle & High School Basketball Athletes for Collegiate Play
DARYL FEAGINS CREATED THE CHAMPIONS ACADEMY TO TRAIN 7TH GRADERS TO SENIORS FOR COLLEGIATE BASKETBALL
This afternoon Smiths Station native Daryl Feagins kick started his program The Champions Academy with a goal to get local basketball athletes to the collegiate level.
Feagins has a passion for player development as he is a scout for the NBA.
From playing basketball at Smiths Station in high school, he realized the need in the area for growing talent, so he started this 8 week scholarship program completely funded through donors that aids in SAT/ACT prep, nutrition, skills, and volunteering.
“It’s a passion you know, everything that these kids do. I haven’t even started training them yet and I’m already finding myself at all their games and stuff like that, so its just a passion to see that they’re excited about it and saying they want to go to the next level, saying that they are passionate about their grades and stuff like that, so if they show that passion I definitely will keep that energy burning for them,” says The Champions Academy director Daryl Feagins.
“Well not a lot of people make it around here, so he knows how we’ve got to work and all that,” says Russell county sophomore guard Keyshawn Reynolds.
“Just go to college and hoop and just going to go from there,” says Russell county junior guard Tyrese Reynolds.