asketball Trainer A.J. Foster Challenges, Inspires Native Players


Rez ball is so much more than no-look passes or behind-the-back dribbling. It’s about walking with humility, playing with courage and knowing it’s all a gift from the Creator. That’s A.J. Foster’s take on it anyway.

The 33-year-old Seminole/Creek from Anadarko, Okla., had his college basketball playing career cut short when he tore his ACL his sophomore season at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College. But his love of the game and desire to teach led to the development of Training with Foster, a development camp to teach Native ballplayers ball handling skills that will help take their game to the next level. “I believe every Native community has a Jim Thorpe or Jude or Shoni Schimmel,” Foster told ICTMN. “They’re out there. They’re walking around in the schools. They just need a little bit of attention from somebody. They need someone to give them a little bit of time and teach them a little bit of discipline. I believe Native kids want to be challenged, want to be disciplined. I tell my kids it’s time to get out of your comfort zone.”



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