Memphis BTW hoops standout Ethan Jones figures to have breakthrough senior season

aaassIt is a foregone conclusion that Leslie Jones wants what’s best for her son, Memphis Booker T. Washington basketball standout Ethan Andrew Jones.

Every so often, in fact, she makes it a point to remind him of such.

In all likelihood, she doesn’t plan to let up anytime soon.

“I need him to get an education because I never got that far,” Leslie Jones told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Monday. “And I would be proud to watch him graduate from college.”

As Ethan Jones continues what has been a brutally hectic, but productive summer — particularly on the AAU hoops circuit — his mother yet again is reminding him that she’s undoubtedly his grandest cheerleader.

Fortunately for the 18-year-old rising senior, his mother’s unyielding support couldn’t have come at a better time.

MOM KNOWS BEST --- As Memphis Booker T. Washington basketball standout Ethan Jones continues what has been a brutally hectic, but productive summer --- particularly on the AAU hoops circuit --- his mother, Leslie Jones, yet again is reminding him that she’s undoubtedly his grandest cheerleader.

MOM KNOWS BESTAs Memphis Booker T. Washington basketball standout Ethan Jones continues what has been a brutally hectic, but productive summer — particularly on the AAU hoops circuit — his mother, Leslie Jones, yet again is reminding him that she’s undoubtedly his grandest cheerleader.

For starters, Ethan Jones has yet to generate any official college offers, although while in Orlando, Florida this week for the AAU Nationals, that could all change.

Add to the fact that the 6-foot-6 swingman enjoyed a remarkable junior season in which he helped propel perennial power BTW to the TSSAA Class A state championship game, and it’s no wonder the possibility exists that Ethan Jones could very well garner interests from college scouts and recruiters in the foreseeable future.

“I believe I played the perfect games (all season long) for a big man all around,” said Ethan Jones, assessing his play this past season.

Still, arguably the biggest mystery is whether college scout will at some take notice his overall body of work on the court, most notably his ability to run the floor for a big man, as well as his keen ability to rebound on  both ends of the floor and continue to have an effective presence in the post.

By and large, these are just the key mechanics about which Ethan Jones is determined to upgrade this offseason.

UNDER THE RADAR --- Ethan Jones has yet to generate any official college offers, although while in Orlando, Florida this week for the AAU Nationals, that could all change. Add to the fact that the 6-foot-6 swingman enjoyed a remarkable junior season in which he helped propel perennial power BTW to the TSSAA Class A state championship game, and it’s no wonder the possibility exists that Ethan Jones could very well garner interests from college scouts and recruiters in the foreseeable future.

UNDER THE RADAREthan Jones has yet to generate any official college offers, although while in Orlando, Florida this week for the AAU Nationals, that could all change.
Add to the fact that the 6-foot-6 swingman enjoyed a remarkable junior season in which he helped propel perennial power BTW to the TSSAA Class A state championship game, and it’s no wonder the possibility exists that Ethan Jones could very well garner interests from college scouts and recruiters in the foreseeable future.

After all, he’s months away from the start of his senior prep season, meaning there is no time to let up.

“I am not a regular big man because I can shoot and push the ball down the court,” said Ethan Jones, sounding like the assertive, poised student athlete for which he is widely known. “I work out every day.”

To his credit, it is because of his efficient workouts and conditioning sessions, coupled with his lofty expectations of progressing that he figures to make a solid case that he possess the skills to plat at the collegiate level.

PAW PAW --- Ethan Jones is the grandson of Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones

PAW PAWEthan Jones is the grandson of Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones.

Ethan Jones, who helped BTW to a 25-6 finish this past season, is the grandson of Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones.

“(He’s been playing basketball) since he was about nine years old,” Leslie Jones said. “He played for a summer league. But I wasn’t really surprised because of how tall he was and how he loved to play with his cousins. When I watched him play in the State Championship (last season), it was pure pandemonium. I tend to yell a lot…as much as I love watching them be victorious in close games but, at the same time, it is utterly nerve wrecking.”

As he readies for what figures to be a breakthrough senior campaign for the Antonio Harris-coached Warriors team that is expected to vie for a state crown, Leslie Jones says she’s confident her son will acquire the necessary exposure to lure the attention of college colleges.

“He has always been overlooked and some may have doubted his commitment to the game,” Leslie Jones said. “He is a kid that takes directions well and also takes constructive criticism when he knows it will benefit him in the long run.”

NOT LETTING UP --- To his credit, it is because of his efficient workouts and conditioning sessions, coupled with his lofty expectations of progressing that he figures to make a solid case that he possess the skills to plat at the collegiate level. “(He’s been playing basketball) since he was about nine years old,” Leslie Jones said.

NOT LETTING UPTo his credit, it is because of his efficient workouts and conditioning sessions, coupled with his lofty expectations of progressing that he figures to make a solid case that he possess the skills to plat at the collegiate level.
“(He’s been playing basketball) since he was about nine years old,” Leslie Jones said.

Not to mention, catapult him to his long-awaited dream of dressing out in a college uniform.

“Because basketball is what I like to do,” said Ethan Jones, when asked why is playing college basketball a dream of his. “And I want to play college basketball so I can pursue my dream to make it to the NBA.”

As far as his mother is concerned, amongst the observations about which he instills in her son is to keep his focus on education first and playing professionally a distant second.

“I tell his (team) mates that you can use basketball to advance you to the next level and not necessarily the NBA,” Leslie Jones said. “You have to think long term.”

Every so often, in fact, she makes it a point to remind her beloved son of such.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Rising entrepreneur Karen Hargrow taking The Krafty Group to a whole new level

KarenA little more than a year ago, Karen Hargrow was birthed with a life-enhancing vision.

Today, unlike never before, she’s destined to witness her well sought after prospect come full circle.

A rising entrepreneur whose reputation is such that she aspires mightily to excel, flourish, and maximize her potential, Hargrow is founder and chief executive officer of The Krafty Group, a newly-established venture designed to strategically develop, organize, and assist businesses and other organizations with a variety of administration and daily operations, most notably management and business set ups, among other entities.

“The mission for the business is (geared toward) efficiency in making your business efficient in servicing clients and customers and increasing your business revenue by handling administration activities,” Hargrow explained during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson.

Aside from helping propel businesses to achieve their customer service goals and objectives, The Krafty Group is considered an ideal, yet credible avenue in large part because it is  committed to the proverbial personal assisting, negotiations, management, social media, representation, data entry, QuickBooks entry, and, as Hargrow swiftly acknowledged, “any of your business needs with a can-do attitude of success.”

What’s even more intriguing about The Krafty Group is that Hargrow has adopted a stern commitment for ensuring that any company or organization that strives to concentrate on their business at hand can, in turn, “leave the behind-the-scene tasks to us.
In essence, that is amongst the essential reasons The Krafty Group has greatly evolved as — you guessed it — a business venture that has deemed crafty in various aspects.

katebe“We work with you to push your objectives, goals and dreams of the company and/or organization,” Hargrow said. “No job or project is too small or large. We are prompt with deadlines.  We service small and big corporations, businesses, nonprofits, and companies.”

A native of Chicago, Hargrow currently resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by way of Memphis, Tennessee.

Long before relocating to the Lone Star State and starting her business venture, she had befittingly adopted the mindset of one who was destined to delve off in the competitive, notable world of entrepreneurship.

She is a 1994 graduate of Memphis’ Overton Performing Arts High School. Consequently, she enrolled at Hawaii Pacific University after attending Fisk University in Nashville, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 1998.

After years of advancing her education, coupled with business-oriented preparation, The Krafty Group was formed which, according to Hargrow, is the much-aniticipated birthing of a life-enhancing vision she sensed would ultimately come full circle.

How inventive.

How ironic.

How crafty.

“The company would be available to travel for projects as needed and we will (provide) services clients in and out of our company’s offices,” said Hargrow, when asked where she sees her business within the next fiscal year.

For more information about The Krafty Group, call Karen Hargrow at 214-677-3666, or email her at: Kldhargrow@gmail.com.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Mid-South-area prep basketball standout Quintiyus Causey making noise in Mississippi and Texas

For a 16-year-old rising junior basketball player who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his immense skills on display at the collegiate level, Cleveland (Mississippi) High’s Quintiyus Causey seems to already know how to handle the sometimes tough and challenging media.

Take, for instance, how Causey eloquently responded Monday afternoon when asked what it is he’d like for college scouts and recruiters to know about him.

aaaaTo his credit, he didn’t hold back, nor did he waver or dodge around with his answers.

Rather, he was forthright and to the point.

“(I’m a player) who is laid back, willing to learn, very coachable, able to take constructive criticism, ready to work, and give my all on and off the basketball court,” Causey told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson.

STOCK RISING --- In helping the upstart Cleveland High to a 14-14 finish despite a 2-7 showing in Mississippi Region 3-4A play, Quintiyus Causey, a 5-foot-9 swingman, held his own, thus made a solid case that his favorable performance this past season essentially is a sign of things to come in what figures to be a crucial senior campaign.

STOCK RISING — In helping the upstart Cleveland High to a 14-14 finish despite a 2-7 showing in Mississippi Region 3-4A play, Quintiyus Causey, a 5-foot-9 swingman, held his own, thus made a solid case that his favorable performance this past season essentially is a sign of things to come in what figures to be a crucial senior campaign.

To get a thorough concept of why Causey appears to harbor a wealth of poise and resolve at such a pivotal stage in his young basketball career, look no further than his stellar effort this past season for Cleveland.

Much to the delight of Cleveland coach James Strong’s Wildcats, Causey was nothing short of remarkable for a team that managed to manufacture the .500 mark by season’s end.

In helping the upstart Wildcats to a 14-14 finish despite a 2-7 showing in Mississippi Region 3-4A play, Causey, a 5-foot-9 swingman, held his own, thus made a solid case that his favorable performance this past season essentially is a sign of things to come in what figures to be a crucial junior campaign.

In emerging as one of the team’s marquee players, Causey appeared in each of Cleveland’s 28 games and averaged 14.1 points, second only to Ellis Townsend II’s 15.1 points per contest.

According to Maxpreps.com, Causey was one of four Cleveland players to see action in all 28 games, a trend that, according to his mother, Colleen Watson, provided her son with an array of confidence in the process.

“When I’m in the stands watching my son play, it brings joy to my heart,” Watson said. “I’m yelling and screaming throughout the games for the team as well as my son. I just continue to thank God daily for continuing his interest for basketball.”

By and large, his apparent continuous rise as an efficient basketball player has gone virtually unnoticed, considering Causey has been afforded the luxury of playing at the always competitive AAU ranks in another state.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACT --- By and large, his apparent continuous rise as an efficient basketball player has gone virtually unnoticed, considering Causey has been afforded the luxury of playing at the always competitive AAU ranks in another state. Causey currently is a member of the Fort Worth, Texas-based Beastmode AAU team and, fortunately for him, it seems he’s only increasing his stock with regards to drawing the attention of college scouts and recruiters.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACTBy and large, his apparent continuous rise as an efficient basketball player has gone virtually unnoticed, considering Causey has been afforded the luxury of playing at the always competitive AAU ranks in another state.
Causey currently is a member of the Fort Worth, Texas-based Beastmode AAU team and, fortunately for him, it seems he’s only increasing his stock with regards to drawing the attention of college scouts and recruiters.

Causey currently is a member of the Fort Worth, Texas-based Beastmode AAU team coached by Adarrial Coleman and, fortunately for him, it seems he’s only increasing his stock with regards to drawing the attention of college scouts and recruiters, considering all this does is win.

So much so that his AAU squad has collected an assortment of championship hardware.

Oh…and let’s not forget Causey’s keen ability to handle the media.

Need more proof?

Just listen to him.

aaassssss“Preparing for my senior year, I know I have to go out with a bang, so I would say (in order to progress) spending countless hours in the gym and in the weight room,” Causey said. “College basketball is very intense. Everything you do is done with a purpose. The things you work on in practice are not just to go through the motion, but you do those things to get something out of it. I’ve always been the type of player that if the game is not taken seriously, I don’t want to play and in college basketball, nothing is for fun and I want to be in an environment where I can play against guys who are said to be some of that nation’s best and let my game introduce me.”

Displaying her signature smile and customary support of Causey, Watson relishes the fact that her son has greatly handled the major high school/AAU basketball maturation processes with ease.

MOM KNOWS BEST ---"The sky is the limit for my son because he's dedicated, hardworking, very athletic, a team player and always willing to help and learn new things as it relates to everything, especially basketball,” Colleen Watson said.

MOM KNOWS BEST“The sky is the limit for my son because he’s dedicated, hardworking, very athletic, a team player and always willing to help and learn new things as it relates to everything, especially basketball,” Colleen Watson said.

She doesn’t expect him to let up anytime soon.

Look out Mississippi and Texas.

Chances are hoops-crazed fans haven’t heard the last of this athletically-talent kid whose best and brightest days are well ahead of him.

“The sky is the limit for my son because he’s dedicated, hardworking, very athletic, a team player and always willing to help and learn new things as it relates to everything, especially basketball,” Watson said.

Credit this basketball mom for always dishing out the biggest assist to an athletically-gifted kid who’s making a strong case that he’s destined to play at the collegiate level.



MrJohnsonEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

The Tony Harris Basketball Academy becoming a West Coast fixture in Los Angeles

TH6Tony Harris earlier this week was asked if he could put a number on how many major Division I colleges extended to him scholarship offers during his playing days at Memphis East High.

“Man…how can I say this without trying to be cocky?” Harris told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Wednesday during a telephone interview from Los Angeles. “Just about every major Division I school in the country.”

So what figure did Harris come up with?

“First, I’d have to see how many schools are in each conference,” Harris jokingly said.

By and large, it is because of Harris’ remarkable resume as a product of the hoops-crazed city that is Memphis that essentially prompted a slew of big name college coaches to hasten to his Binghamton residence in hopes of landing the then-Tennessee Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s All-American — from then-Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson to then-Kansas coach Roy Williams.

THAnd so on and so forth.

“When I came out (of East), the top two point guards (in the country) were me and Baron Davis,” Harris said.

Davis ultimately took his talents to UCLA in Los Angeles, the exact same establishment to where Harris and his wife, Alena Kelley-Harris, moved recently.

That is also where Harris has taken his vision of ensuring that his business venture, the Tony Harris Basketball Academy, is a constant success.

An up-and-coming institution that is a little more than two years removed since its inception, the THBA offers a variety of entities to better help young athletes excel and compete at the highest level.

Who better to run such a business than Harris?

Given his outstanding track record as a basketball player, it’s a foregone conclusion that this widely-regarded #BALLIN4CHRIST personality exemplifies the smarts patience that will catapult youngsters to what he describes as the “next level.”

“The purpose is to develop the youth…not just the youth athletes, but for college and professional athletes to enhance their skills set,” Harris said in revealing the mission for THBA. “The game is also mental. There are so many athletes who play the game who are not mentally tough. You can go to camps and academies all day, but are you mentally strong?”

MEMPHIS HOOPS LEGEND --- By and large, it is because of Memphian Tony Harris’ remarkable resume as a product of the hoops-crazed city that is Memphis that essentially prompted a slew of big name college coaches to hasten to his Binghamton residence in hopes of landing the then-Tennessee Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s All-American --- names such as then-Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson to then-Kansas coach Roy Williams. And so on and so forth.

MEMPHIS HOOPS LEGENDBy and large, it is because of Tony Harris’ remarkable resume as a product of the hoops-crazed city that is Memphis that essentially prompted a slew of big name college coaches to hasten to his Binghamton residence in hopes of landing the then-Tennessee Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s All-American — names such as then-Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson to then-Kansas coach Roy Williams.
And so on and so forth.

ENROLL NOW IN THE TONY HARRIS BASKETBALL ACADEMY: https://www.coachup.com/coaches/tonyh-15

Generally, because a number of athletes often struggle with the mental aspects of sports, Harris believes that is where his notable attributes as a licensed minister will come into play.

In a nutshell, THBA isn’t designed solely to teach young athletes the mental aspects of the game but, more than anything, Harris’ objective is to often encourage them to become good spiritual stewards long after the sport has passed them by.

Just as he had done when he organized his academy in Memphis, Harris said plans are currently in the works to conduct classes for his athletes that would be geared largely toward learning the pros and cons on how to handle and interact with the media. In addition, he plans to erect a chapel, where they could become spiritually enhanced much like NBA players meeting with chaplains prior to their games.

A little more than seven years removed having a earned his degree, Harris starred at point guard for East High from 1994-97 before ultimately signing a National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Tennessee.

To his credit, the Vols re-emerged as a national standout, having appeared in the NCAA Tournament in each of Harris’ four seasons, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2000.

Following his collegiate stint, Harris played professionally overseas for seven years before returning to the states to coach high school ball and eventually starting his academy, which opened for operation a little more than two years ago and was held at STAR Academy Charter School in Northeast Memphis.

Now that he’s on the West Coast, Harris conducts his sessions at the Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove, Calif.

HUGE ASSIST --- In moving his academy to L.A., Harris acknowledges much of his success wouldn’t have been possible if not for the unyielding support of his wife who, like him, is a native Memphian. “She’s been very instrumental,” Harris said. “She’s been doing all of the work that you don’t physically see in terms of finding clients. She’s been really innovative in enhancing the process.”

HUGE ASSISTIn moving his academy to L.A., Harris acknowledges much of his success wouldn’t have been possible if not for the unyielding support of his wife who, like him, is a native Memphian.
“She’s been very instrumental,” Harris said. “She’s been doing all of the work that you don’t physically see in terms of finding clients. She’s been really innovative in enhancing the process.”

MORE ABOUT TONY HARRIS: https://www.coachup.com/curry

Hours of operations are typically from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Harris said that will change during the summer months.

As usual, THBA offers a variety of entities, most notably teaching youths various fundamentals and mechanics as they prepare for competitive play.

“How my drills are set up, they’re game-like situation drills,” Harris said. “You’ve got a lot of trainers who use cones for skill work. You know, that’s okay and all. But you’ve got to put the athlete in a game-like setting. That’s what separates me from other trainers. It enhances the player IQ. But if you’ve got them drilling through cones, that’s not going to help them.”

In moving his academy to L.A., Harris acknowledges much of his success wouldn’t have been possible if not for the unyielding support of his wife who, like him, is a native Memphian.

“She’s been very instrumental,” Harris said. “She’s been doing all of the work that you don’t physically see in terms of finding clients. She’s been really innovative in enhancing the process.”

Not to mention grasping a feel for how much the athletes progress days or, perhaps, weeks upon enrolling in THBA.

“He takes phone calls from kids’ parents and reach out to college coaches in an attempt to help the kids build a rapport with them,” Alena said. “He’s putting them in front of the recruiters.”

As a result, the results have undoubtedly been favorable, which is to be expected from a former local basketball star, who admittedly still has his boatloads of scholarship letters tucked away back in Memphis.

Nowadays, his primary ambition, his wife said, is to help others’ dream come true.

TH2Notable past clients include former Memphians Nick King, Cory Bradford, and Alex Anderson, all of whom went on play major college basketball.

“When (parents) bring them to the academy, we’re thinking long terms,” Alena said. “The goal in mind is to enhance their fundamentals and turn them into five-star players.”

Much like her husband was nearly two decades ago.



AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an athlete, entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Stephen Curry isn’t focused on MVP, wants champs to eclipse Bulls’ 72-win mark

SIZZLIN' STEPH ---  In a year in which Curry, the league’s leading scorer at 30.3 points per game, has been nothing short of remarkable in having engineered Golden State to the best start in NBA history when the Warriors reeled off 24 consecutive wins to begin the season, it would be hard-pressed to find anyone capable of surpassing him as the conjectural favorite for MVP. (Brandon Wade/AP Photos)

SIZZLIN’ STEPHIn a year in which Curry, the league’s leading scorer at 30.3 points per game, has been nothing short of remarkable in having engineered Golden State to the best start in NBA history when the Warriors reeled off 24 consecutive wins to begin the season, it would be hard-pressed to find anyone capable of surpassing him as the conjectural favorite for MVP. (Brandon Wade/AP Photos)

DALLAS — Last year, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry seized the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award in rather impressive fashion, having garnered 100 of the 130 first-place votes while compiling 1,198 total points from a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

This year, with the three-time All-Star being dubbed the presumptive front-runner to capture the NBA’s most covenant individual award in consecutive seasons, Curry quickly acknowledged that isn’t his primary focus.

“I’m not worried about that,” Curry, a seven-year veteran, told MemphiSport following Friday’s shoot around session in Dallas’ American Airlines Center. “There’ll come a time where that decision will happen. I go out every night playing as if I want to help my team get wins and do my part of being consistent and efficient as I can be. And that’s my focus.”

In a year in which Curry, the league’s scoring leader at 30.3 points per game, has been nothing short of remarkable in having engineered Golden State to the best start in NBA history when the Warriors reeled off 24 consecutive wins to begin the season, it would be hard-pressed to find anyone who’s capable of surpassing him as the conjectural MVP favorite.

Besides being the league’s top scorer, Curry is second in free throw percentage and third in three-point field goal efficiency, having made 45.7 percent of his shots from long range.

Add to the fact that the high-powered Warriors, who improved to an NBA’s best 63-7 with Monday night’s win at Minnesota — the team that’s responsible for ending their 24-game undefeated streak to start the season — and are on pace to eclipse the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record they amassed during their 1995-96 championship season, and it’s no wonder Curry in all likelihood will continue to field questions as to whether he thinks he’s well on his way to walking away with more MVP hardware.

“Obviously, team success leads to accolades and that’s our mission right now,” said Curry who, last year, led Golden State to its first world championship in 30 years when the Warriors upended the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games of their NBA Finals best-of-7 series.

STAYING FOCUSED --- When asked if failing to surpass the Bulls’ historic 72-win plateau serve as motivation heading into the postseason, Curry, who turned 28 March 14, paused briefly then said, “I would hope we have that same motivation either way. Winning a championship is the ultimate goal, and a regular season regular record, whether we have 73 wins, 69 wins, or 68, it doesn’t bear any difference on how we’re going to do in the playoffs.”

STAYING FOCUSEDWhen asked if failing to surpass the Bulls’ historic 72-win plateau serve as motivation heading into the postseason, Curry, who turned 28 March 14, paused briefly then said, “I would hope we have that same motivation either way. Winning a championship is the ultimate goal, and a regular season regular record, whether we have 73 wins, 69 wins, or 68, it doesn’t bear any difference on how we’re going to do in the playoffs.”

As far as this year’s league MVP talks go, Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Friday was quick to say that there is Curry, and then there is everyone else, although he doesn’t believe the former Davidson College star will be the unanimous favorite to win the award.

“I’d be shocked if he doesn’t win it with the kind of season he’s had and we’ve had,” said Kerr, when asked if Curry is the front-runner. “But there are always several great candidates. But it’ll be tough imagining Steph not winning it.”

A little more than a week removed from having clinched the Pacific Division and their fourth consecutive postseason berth, Curry reiterated that individual awards are the least of the Warriors’ concerns, considering they undoubtedly are everyone’s biggest game and have yet to clinch home court advantage throughout the postseason for a second consecutive year.

Golden State leads second-place San Antonio (59-11) by four games in the West with 12 regular season games remaining.

When asked if failing to surpass the Bulls’ historic 72-win plateau serve as motivation heading into the postseason, Curry, who turned 28 March 14, paused briefly then said, “I would hope we have that same motivation either way. Winning a championship is the ultimate goal, and a regular season record, whether we have 73 wins, 69 wins, or 68, it doesn’t bear any difference on how we’re going to do in the playoffs.”

Then without hesitation, Curry offered this notable suggestion:

JUST BEING BLUNT --- As far as this year’s league MVP talks go, Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Friday was quick to say that there is Curry and then everyone else, although he doesn’t believe the former Davidson College star will be the unanimous favorite to win the award. “I’d be shocked if he doesn’t win it with the kind of season he’s had and we’ve had,” said Kerr, when asked if Curry is the frontrunner. “But there are always several great candidates. But it’ll be tough imagining Steph not winning it.”

JUST BEING BLUNTAs far as this year’s league MVP talks go, Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Friday was quick to say that there is Curry and then everyone else, although he doesn’t believe the former Davidson College star will be the unanimous favorite to win the award.
“I’d be shocked if he doesn’t win it with the kind of season he’s had and we’ve had,” said Kerr, when asked if Curry is the frontrunner. “But there are always several great candidates. But it’ll be tough imagining Steph not winning it.”

“But I know we don’t want to be the team that gets the record and doesn’t win (a championship),” Curry said. “That’s what the Bulls did. They finished the job, obviously. Whatever our record is, that’s great. But playoff success is a totally different animal. Your record is zero and zero once you get into that first round.”

When asked, “Deep down inside, do you want to get this record?” Curry paused again then said, “There’s a reason you’re still talking about the 95-96 Bulls team, so yes, that would be a huge accomplishment. I’ve always said we want to do it with the big picture in mind. I think we can accomplish both if we stay true to who we are and not get distracted by playing for the record as opposed to playing for the bigger goal.”

Spoken like a player in postseason form.



 

AndreAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Ex-Memphis Central basketball star Danielle Ballard aiming for a new start in WNBA

Despite been dubbed arguably one of the best players in LSU women’s basketball history, Danielle Ballard still senses she has so much to prove.

DYNAMIC DANIELLE --- Just as she has done at the high school and collegiate ranks, former Memphis Central and ex-LSU star Danielle Ballard has been nothing short of impressive, leading Espoo in scoring, averaging 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. The 22-year-old Ballard is now aiming for a roster spot in the WNBA.

DYNAMIC DANIELLEJust as she has done at the high school and collegiate ranks, former Memphis Central and ex-LSU star Danielle Ballard has been nothing short of impressive, leading Espoo of Finland in scoring, averaging 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game. The 22-year-old Ballard is now aiming for a roster spot in the WNBA.

“Well the best thing is to be myself and to let (people) know who I really am as a player,” Ballard told MemphiSport earlier this week. “You can tell that I am a good person. People already know that I work hard. But the most important thing is growth and that’s what I want to show people…that I have grown as young lady.”

Ballard is alluding primarily to her somewhat troublesome career at Memphis Central High, coupled with her unceremonious ending to her tenure at LSU.

Last June, LSU coach Nikki Caldwell announced that Ballard, who was first-team All-SEC last year as junior, would not return for her senior season, news that had surfaced after the star point guard was suspended the first 14 games of the 2014-15 season for violating team rules.

Prior to witnessing her collegiate career end prematurely, Ballard was the catalyst of an upstart Lady Tiger team that made consecutive NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances.

To her credit, though, she wasted little time making her presence felt at LSU, where she enjoyed a record-setting freshman campaign when she amassed a school-record 100 steals while making 28 starts in 34 appearances.

Although her college career was unceremoniously cut short, the 22-year-old Ballard clung to lofty hopes of playing professionally, having taken her talents overseas, where she currently is the featured player for the Espoo Team in Finland.

Just as she has done at the high school and collegiate ranks, she has been nothing short of impressive, leading Espoo in scoring, averaging 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.

FIGHTIN' TIGER --- Prior to witnessing her collegiate career end prematurely, Ballard was the catalyst of an upstart Lady Tiger team that made consecutive NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances. (Photo by Crystal LoGiudice/Getty Images)

FIGHTIN’ TIGERPrior to witnessing her collegiate career end prematurely, Ballard was the catalyst of an upstart Lady Tiger team that made consecutive NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances. (Photo by Crystal LoGiudice/Getty Images)

“What I like about playing overseas is experiencing how it is living on the other side of the world and seeing how others players play the game of basketball,” Ballard said. “I must say they have a different kind of toughness about them, and that’s very interesting because it’s totally different from the U.S. because for them, it’s mostly a hobby. For us, it’s a dream.”

According to Ballard, while her tenure at LSU ended prematurely, she hopes WNBA general managers will take into consideration her overall body of work in helping the Lady Tigers re-emerge as a national standout.

Ballard, who led Memphis Central to the TSSAA Class AAA state championship as a junior, helped propelled LSU to the NCAA Tournament in each of her three seasons at the school.

“Coming into college, I wasn’t excepting to break many records as a freshman and so on,” Ballard said.

Now that she’s facing what appears arguably the greatest challenge of her basketball career, Ballard admittedly has taken ownership of her past off-the-court behavior, but believes she’s worthy of a chance to play on women’s basketball’s grandest stage — the WNBA.

According to her agent of 610 Sports Management, Ballard is scheduled to attend the invitation only ProHoops Cobine April 2 in Indianapolis, where she will be evaluated by WNBA coaches and other staff members before the draft, which will be held later that month.

“We have been in contact with a lot of teams about Danielle over the recent weeks,” said Ballard’s agent, who did not want to be identified. “We have heard about the same thing from them. All of them know she is a special talent. The main question is, ‘How has she matured?’ Our answer on this has been, Se has grown up a lot over the seven months. Being in Finland, she is learning how to be a professional as she is learning it is a business now.

RISING STAR --- Ballard, who led Memphis Central to the TSSAA Class AAA state championship as a junior, helped propelled LSU to the NCAA Tournament in each of her three seasons at the school.

RISING STARBallard, who led Memphis Central to the TSSAA Class AAA state championship as a junior, helped propelled LSU to the NCAA Tournament in each of her three seasons at the school. (Photo courtesy of LSU Athletics)

“Danielle knows she is not fighting for a Pell grant, but for a living now, and I believe (playing overseas) has really helped her mature,” Ballard’s agent added. “We as a company have seen her grow over these seven months just in conversations.”

Still, whether WNBA coaches and GMs will recognize how much Ballard has handled her off-the-court maturation process remains a mystery.
Fortunately for the talented point guard, she’ll be afforded the chance to prove herself in the coming weeks.

Once again.

“My coaches instilled in my mind that nothing is easy,” Ballard said. “Everything is earned.”

Most notably the chance to appear on women’s basketball’s grandest stage.



AndreAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Martesha Haynes’ SGIA, Inc. has become a beacon of light in Houston, surrounding areas

TEXAS SIZE IMPACT --- A Communications Facilitator in the Deaf Education Resources Department for the Houston Independent School District, Austin, Texas native Martesha Haynes also is the chief executive officer of the Houston-based Social Good In Action Incorporated. A non-profit organization that was established in 2009, Social Good In Action (or SGIA) is an up-and-coming community-based establishment in which its boats the primary vision of being dedicated to connecting with issues within the community, world and various causes that are in need to be noticed more than others.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACTA Communications Facilitator in the Deaf Education Resources Department for the Houston Independent School District, Austin, Texas native Martesha Haynes also is the chief executive officer of the Houston-based Social Good In Action Incorporated.
A non-profit organization that was established in 2009, Social Good In Action (or SGIA) is an up-and-coming community-based establishment in which its boats the primary vision of being dedicated to connecting with issues within the community, world and various causes that are in need to be noticed more than others.

DALLAS — You can practically see it in her eyes.

Make no mistake, upon crossing paths with Martesha C. Haynes for the very first time, amongst the lasting impressions one would grasp is that she undoubtedly is a woman with a vision.

A notable vision.

An exceptional vision.

A life-enhancing, extraordinary vision, one that, given her immeasurable track record as an educational professional, figures to change lives.

One person at a time, regardless of their race, creed, or color.

Tsh5An Austin, Texas native, Haynes is a former prep track and field standout who, to her credit, enjoyed an array of success as an athlete.

Today, unlike never before, the 37-year Haynes is running masterfully in the race called life, partaking in a figurative marathon that is so admirable and so meritorious, that this current Houston resident has become a fixture while functioning comfortably in her distinct element in Texas’ largest city.

YOU GO GIRL! --- SGIA has become popular in recent years, in large part because of its annual fashion shows and community concerts, particularly when the organization aspires to generate funding by way of fundraisings and other charitable events.

YOU GO GIRL!SGIA has become popular in recent years, in large part because of its annual fashion shows and community concerts, particularly when the organization aspires to generate funding by way of fundraisings and other charitable events.

A Communications Facilitator in the Deaf Education Resources Department for the Houston Independent School District, Haynes also is the chief executive officer of the Houston-based Social Good In Action Incorporated.

A non-profit organization that was established in 2009 and is also ran by Haynes’ assistant, Rodney Lagard of Sir Savage Entertainment, Social Good In Action (or SGIA) is an up-and-coming community-based establishment in which its boats the primary vision of being dedicated to connecting with issues within the community, world and various causes that are in need to be noticed more than others. According to its website, SGIA also is geared largely toward assisting children with an assortment of disabilities, most notably autism, as well as members of their families who are coping with such incapacities.

esh7SGIA has become popular in recent years, in large part because of its annual fashion shows and community concerts, particularly when the organization aspires to generate funding by way of fundraisings and other charitable events.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 18th congressional district, for instance, is a devoted affiliate with SGIA, as is renowned and longtime Houstonian Freddie Jackson, Barbara Jordan Endeavors Founder Thelma Scott, and Houston Civil Rights activist Sandra Massie Hines.

Haynes has two daughters: A’lazhia Burrage (19) and A’liciah Burrage (13). 

FOLLOW SGIA ONLINE: www.socialgoodinaction.com.

Nearly seven years removed from its inception, Haynes seems confident that her notable organization will continue demonstrating to be the beacon of light it become in such a short time span.
“What I like most about my organization is that I am able to teach and assist students that are deaf or hearing impaired with learning disabilities,” Haynes told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “Also, we go out into the community and provide food, clothes and hygiene items to men, women and children in shelters.”

According to Haynes, SGIA has evolved, in part, as a community-based ministry, of sorts, in that as God enlightens His children, He doesn’t show favoritism to anyone.

In other words, SGIA has become the loving, admirable beacon of light by which many have described it, in large part because, in essence, Haynes’ organization routinely welcomes the community with open arms.

SPREADING LOVE --- According to Haynes, SGIA has evolved, in part, as a community-based ministry, of sorts, in that as God enlightens His children, He doesn’t show favoritism to anyone. In other words, SGIA has become the loving, admirable beacon of light by which many have described it, in large part because, in essence, Haynes’ organization routinely welcomes the community with open arms.

SPREADING LOVEAccording to Haynes, SGIA has evolved, in part, as a community-based ministry, of sorts, in that as God enlightens His children, He doesn’t show favoritism to anyone.
In other words, SGIA has become the loving, admirable beacon of light by which many have described it, in large part because, in essence, Haynes’ organization routinely welcomes the community with open arms.

Just as her mother, Sheila E. Mims, had steadfastly taught her as a child.

“I thank my mother for making me the strong woman I am today,” Haynes explained. “Now that I look back over my life I know that she was hard on me for a reason. Also, my grandmother — ‘R.I.P. Winnie M. Haynes’ — was always a loving and giving person. As a child growing up, I watched how she was with everyone, always giving and feeding everyone in the neighborhood. My aunts, Natalie Haynes, Diane McNeil, Khisha Johnson, cousins, Asheia Haynes, Da’Sha Haynes. My family is a big inspiration.”

All of which is why as big and as loving Haynes’ heart is, SGIA, too, has emerged as the progressive, thriving organization it has become in the Houston metropolitan area.

Generally, because Haynes is committed daily to esteeming others highly than her, it’s safe to assume that SGIA’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

CHASING GREATNESS ---Generally, because Haynes is committed daily to esteeming others highly than her, it’s safe to assume that SGIA’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

CHASING GREATNESSGenerally, because Haynes is committed daily to esteeming others highly than her, it’s safe to assume that SGIA’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

“People and children in this world go through a lot, and sometimes they need a little encouragement or inspiration to keep pushing forward,” Haynes said with such motivation and optimism.

That, after all, is no secret.

You can practically see it in her eyes.

For more information about Social Good In Action Incorporated, call 832-885-3468, or call its office at 1-801-657-3433. Also, send e-mail: socialgoodinaction@live.com, or send a personal e-mail to Martesha C. Haynes at mburrage2@hotmail.com.

 

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Sherry Hamilton’s Red Heart CPR becoming a national fixture in restoring and saving lives

TRUE LIFE SAVER --- Sherry Penson Hamilton, 44, is owner and chief operating officer of Red Heart CPR in Kyle, Texas, an American Heart Association-sanctioned course that is designed for the lay-person rescuer.

TRUE LIFE SAVERSherry Penson Hamilton, 44, is owner and chief operating officer of Red Heart CPR in Kyle, Texas, an American Heart Association-sanctioned course that is designed for the lay-person rescuer.

DALLAS — Just like that, Sherry Penson Hamilton had seen enough.

Unfortunately for her, she had seen death hit home way too much.

First by way of heart attacks.

Then by way of heart disease.

Then by way of cardiac arrest.

Then by way of heart attacks again.

The latest death, amid a heart attack as a matter of fact, had ultimately proved the most devastating, thus prompted Hamilton to take a much-needed assessment of the overall landscape of her life.

Even from a career standpoint.

REMEMBERING MELVIN --- “When my late uncle, Melvin Penson Sr., whom I loved dearly had a heart attack early one morning around love ones, no one had taken CPR in years,” Hamilton told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “This really convicted my spirit and inspired my saying, ‘The life you save may be your love one.’ Since then, I have lost three friends, all in their 40's due to heart attacks, and they all were with family or co-workers. Therefore, I don't just have a passion, but I'm on a mission.”

REMEMBERING MELVIN“When my late uncle, Melvin Penson Sr., whom I loved dearly had a heart attack early one morning around love ones, no one had taken CPR in years,” Hamilton told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “This really convicted my spirit and inspired my saying, ‘The life you save may be your love one.’ Since then, I have lost three friends, all in their 40’s due to heart attacks, and they all were with family or co-workers. Therefore, I don’t just have a passion, but I’m on a mission.”

“When my late uncle, Melvin Penson Sr., whom I loved dearly had a heart attack early one morning around love ones, no one had taken CPR in years,” Hamilton told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “This really convicted my spirit and inspired my saying, ‘The life you save may be your love one.’ Since then, I have lost three friends, all in their 40’s due to heart attacks, and they all were with family or co-workers. Therefore, I don’t just have a passion, but I’m on a mission.”

In demonstrating arguably the most resiliency she’s exemplified since she effectively had given her life to Christ and accepted her ministerial calling years ago, Hamilton thought it necessary to bolt her Corporate America job as a county employee less than a year ago and shift her focus primarily on a venture she sensed would prevent her and others from enduring even more heartache and disappointment and sadness.

MAKING PROGRESS --- So that Red Heart CPR can better strive to save lives, Hamilton has launched an initiative called "Life Matters,” a movement whereby she dauntlessly poses the question, “Are you CPR Certified?"

MAKING PROGRESSSo that Red Heart CPR can better strive to save lives, Hamilton has launched an initiative called “Life Matters,” a movement whereby she dauntlessly poses the question, “Are you CPR Certified?”

Today, Hamilton, 44, is owner and chief operating officer of Red Heart CPR in Kyle, Texas, an American Heart Association-sanctioned course that is designed for the lay-person rescuer.

Open seven days a week, Red Heart CPR serves a number of areas in North Texas, most notably Austin, Buda, San Marcos, and other surrounding areas.

According to organization’s website, Red Heart CPR covers the CPR instruction for adults, children, and infants, as well as offers a course that is geared toward airway management of a choking victim (via the Heimlich maneuver) and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (or AED).

Red Heart CPR offers a number of informative classes, some lasting as long as 5-to-7 hours at reasonably afforded prices (ranging between $40-60).

A business venture Hamilton established nearly four years ago, RED, as it pertains to her business means, “Rescuing Every Dying (Heart),” a trend the Austin, Texas native is committed to fortifying daily.

LOG ON TO RED HEART CPR: http://www.redheartcpr.com/index.html

“I absolutely love it,” said Hamilton, a former Sidney Lanier High School (Austin) track and field standout, when asked what she loves the most about her business. “Empowering others with the skills to rescue someone from death is what I like best. I understand every life will not be saved, but knowing you tried is a powerful thing.”

Sherry2Amongst the intriguing trends about Red Heart CPR is that its mission and courses are prevalent for individuals of all ages, some as young as five years old, some as old as 70.

After all, Hamilton — given the array of untimely deaths she’s witnessed in recent years — would be the first to tell you that heart attacks, cardiac arrest, and heart disease don’t merely have an age attached to them.

Moreover, so that Red Heart CPR can better strive to save lives, Hamilton has launched an initiative called “Life Matters,” a movement whereby she dauntlessly poses the question, “Are you CPR Certified?”

KID COUNTS, TOO --- Amongst the intriguing trends about Red Heart CPR is that its mission and courses are prevalent for individuals of all ages, some as young as five years old, some as old as 70.

KIDS COUNTS, TOO — Amongst the intriguing trends about Red Heart CPR is that its mission and courses are prevalent for individuals of all ages, some as young as five years old, some as old as 70.

“I hope to make this a household conversation,” Hamilton said of her latest project. “We should ask our day care centers, recreational facilities, and especial every parents, ‘Are you CPR Certified?’”

Aside from teaching courses to ensure that lives are being saved and restored, another integral part of Red Heart CPR’s mission is to reach individuals in a way that suggests that what it has to offer is rather informative.

Not to mention fun, of course.

“Who says CPR has to be boring?” Hamilton said. “You can have a family night out and learn a life-saving skill or include a class during your baby shower. I’m not traditional bound; however my classes are always taught with triple P’s: Triple Passion, Professionalism, and with a Personal touch.”

How commendable and inspiring for a seasoned licensed evangelist who, last May, took a leap of faith by resigning from her job so she could empower others to exercise their faith by — what else? — speaking life over potentially deadly situations.

Speaking life by way of learning CPR rather fluently, that is.

KICK BACK AND RELAX --- Aside from teaching courses to ensure that lives are being saved and restored, another integral part of Red Heart CPR’s mission is to reach individuals in a way that suggests that what it has to offer is rather informative. Not to mention fun, of course.

KICK BACK AND RELAXAside from teaching courses to ensure that lives are being saved and restored, another integral part of Red Heart CPR’s mission is to reach individuals in a way that suggests that what it has to offer is rather informative.
Not to mention fun, of course.

“I totally feel I have begun my journey and I can’t wait to share more at a later date,” Hamilton said. “However I can share this: The opportunity to equip and empower others with a life-saving skill, whether it’s through CPR or an encouraging word, it totally brings me joy, because life does matter and life is priceless.”

How else to explain why Red Heart CPR was organization on a solid foundation, one that is a accompanied by the featured headline that is housed in 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

“Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing,” said Hamilton, recalling the Apostle Paul’s letter to members of the Thessalonian church.

To her credit, ever since God impressed it upon her heart to establish Red Heart CPR, she’s done just that.

One life at a time.

For more information about Red Heart CPR, call Sherry Penson Hamilton at (512) 749-6071, or email her at: sherry@redheartcpr.com.

 

 

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Relax H2o, Inc. owners Jerry and Winter Bobo drawing rave reviews in downtown Memphis

Relax2Jerry Bobo and his wife, Winter, had plenty of opportunities in recent years to vacate Memphis and start a business establishment elsewhere.

That they ultimately elected to stay put in their native surroundings is starting to benefit them mightily.

“We chose Memphis to start our business, mainly because so much negativity and misconceptions seem to be in and surround our city,” Jerry Bobo told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “My wife and I are fully aware of the huge exodus from our city, especially by young professionals and we are determined to be a catalyst of positive change and hope in our city.”

TOO COOL --- Owners of the newly-erected Relax H2o Incorporated in the heart of downtown of Memphis --- less than two miles east of the mighty Mississippi River --- the Bobo’s business venture is available largely to residents and work associates who need to take customary breaks from their respective job with a relaxing, rejuvenating experience courtesy of their Relax H2O Aqua Massage And Oxygen Bar.

TOO COOL Owners of the newly-erected Relax H2o Incorporated in the heart of downtown of Memphis — less than two miles east of the mighty Mississippi River — the Bobo’s business venture is available largely to residents and work associates who need to take customary breaks from their respective job with a relaxing, rejuvenating experience courtesy of their Relax H2O Aqua Massage And Oxygen Bar.

So far, so good for this young, vibrant couple who, to their credit, is making a favorable case that they could become household names as Mid-South-area entrepreneurs in the foreseeable future.

Owners of the newly-erected Relax H2o Incorporated in the heart of downtown of Memphis — less than two miles east of the mighty Mississippi River — the Bobo’s business venture is available largely to residents and work associates who need to take customary breaks from their respective job with a relaxing, rejuvenating experience courtesy of their Relax H2O Aqua Massage And Oxygen Bar.

Conveniently located at 287 Madison Avenue, Suite B, in downtown Memphis — between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard, or one block east of the YMCA — Relax H2o is an ideal setting for a unique date or, perhaps, an impromptu outing on the town.

WALKING IN MEMPHIS --- Relax H2o is in close proximity of Red Bird Stadium and the traditionally historic Beale Street which, fortunately for the Bobos, will provide their new establishment instant credibility.

WALKING IN MEMPHISRelax H2o is in close proximity of Red Bird Stadium and the traditionally historic Beale Street which, fortunately for the Bobos, will provide their new establishment instant credibility.

Also, Relax H2o is in close proximity of Red Bird Stadium and the traditionally historic Beale Street which, fortunately for the Bobos, will provide their new establishment instant credibility.

Not just in the comfortable confines of Memphis, but rather throughout the ever-so-popular Tri-State area.

CHECK OUT RELAX H2o ONLINE: http://relaxh2o.com/

“Our mission here at Relax H2o Inc. is to improve the quality of life for the residents of Memphis, tourists, and the Tri-State area by providing superior customer service, state of the art machines, technology, products and services that provide wellness and relaxation benefits,” Jerry Bobo explained. “Our aim is to lower and reduce stress while improving moral, energy, and productivity.”

'OOOOOOOO, LA, LA' --- Conveniently located at 287 Madison Avenue, Suite B, in downtown Memphis --- between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard, or one block east of the YMCA --- Relax H2o is an ideal setting for a unique date or, perhaps, an impromptu outing on the town.

‘OOOOOOOO, LA, LA’Conveniently located at 287 Madison Avenue, Suite B, in downtown Memphis — between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard, or one block east of the YMCA — Relax H2o is an ideal setting for a unique date or, perhaps, an impromptu outing on the town.

Not only that, Relax H2o routinely provides the very latest in an assortment of relaxation techniques, all within the four walls of its intimate, relaxing environment.

In addition, Relax H2o offers affordable packages, as well as cost efficient and time-saving services. Moreover, its slew of products are perfect, the Bobos said, most notably for consumers who aspire to relax as often as they can.

How else to explain why Relax H2o has been dubbed “Home of the $20 Massage?”

“We believe that the business of wellness inherently demands excellence of us, and requires a holistic approach to doing business,” Winter Bobo explained. “We believe that our commitment to our customers does not end with the sale. We believe that the wellness of our company depends on the wellness of our customers.”

There is, nonetheless, more proof to such analogies, the Bobos acknowledge.

“You don’t have to feel bad to feel good,” Winter Bobo said. “We have a large eclectic audience. Whether an individual is 6 or 66 (years of age), we have something here at Relax H2o Inc. that will help reduce fatigue and stress along with boosting energy along with increasing an overall sense of well-being.

Relax“From athletes, to the busy executive, to moms who just need a break,” Jerry Bobo added. “We service them all.”

All of this without having to vacate their native home of Memphis and start a business establishment elsewhere.

Surely, this husband and wife team is on the move…right in the heart of the historic Memphis downtown district.

For more information about Relax H2o, call 901-421-8351. Also, following them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/relaxh2o

 

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, author, musician, singer, songwriter, tax preparer, accountant, financial advisor, hair stylist, model, cosmetologist, barber, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Melony Walker’s Creative Di-Zigns drawing rave reviews from ex-NBA star, Memphis

MelonyIf there’s one thing about which anyone can’t question Melony Walker, that is her fond admiration for Memphis.

Among the reasons is that as a native Memphian, Walker not only graduated high school and college in the Bluff City but, above all, she deemed it necessary to make sure she customarily gives back to her community.

To her credit, her reputation is such that she’s destined daily to go above and beyond to ensure she remains a fixture in her beloved city.

“Everyone has their own gift,” Walker told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “And my gift is different and unique.”

MEMPHIS' FINEST --- Located at 7285 Winchester Road, Suite 111, in the heart of Southeast Memphis, Creative Di-Zigns is widely known throughout the Mid-South for its customary screen printings, vinyl cuts, custom paintings, art gallery, and embroidery, among other things.

MEMPHIS’ FINEST — Located at 7285 Winchester Road, Suite 111, in the heart of Southeast Memphis, Creative Di-Zigns is widely known throughout the Mid-South for its customary screen printings, vinyl cuts, custom paintings, art gallery, and embroidery, among other things.

So unique that in many aspects, Walker has literally caught the Mid-South-area youth sports landscape by storm.

An accomplished entrepreneur for five-plus years and counting, Walker, 51, is owner and chief executive officer of Memphis’ Creative Di-Zigns.

Located at 7285 Winchester Road, Suite 111, in the heart of Southeast Memphis, Creative Di-Zigns is widely known throughout the Mid-South for its customary screen printings, vinyl cuts, custom paintings, art gallery, and embroidery, among other things.

“It’s not what you do, but how you make your business a gift from God,” said Walker in assessing the continuous growth and success of her business. “If God is in it you are already successful.”

Mel4Fortunately for Walker, a 1982 Carver High graduate, it’s safe to assume that her gifts as a flourishing business owner has given way to an array of success. That’s because among her grandest, most popular clients is former NBA star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

A former University of Memphis All-American and four-time NBA All-Star, Hardaway, like Walker, is a product of Memphis and a graduate of Treadwell High.

While Walker and Hardaway’s friendship extends back to Hardaway’s high school playing days, the two established a solid working rapport years ago when Walker became the official designer for “Team Penny,” a slew of Hardaway’s Mid-South-area AAU Teams.

In addition, she produces paraphernalia for SCIAA Championship Sports Gear as well as the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational Basketball Event. Also, she enters her second year a vendor for the Shelby Metro and Awareness Sports for Youths as well as for a variety of other local schools.

“Much of my work is based on family, unity, sports, and Memphis culture through fine arts and wearable art,” Walker explained. “My Mission is to encourage and develop unique and colorful art presence in the nation.”

PARTNERING WITH PENNY --- Fortunately for Walker, a 1982 Carver High graduate, it’s safe to assume that her gifts as a flourishing business owner has given way to array of success. That’s because among her grandest, most popular clients is former NBA star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

PARTNERING WITH PENNY — Fortunately for Walker, a 1982 Carver High graduate, it’s safe to assume that her gifts as a flourishing business owner has given way to array of success. That’s because among her grandest, most popular clients is former NBA star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

Long before emerging as a stellar entrepreneur, it seemed Walker had a vision that suggest she’d ultimately become an all things fashion designer, of sorts.

For starters, she majored in Fine Arts at Memphis’ LeMoyne-Owen College, from which she graduated in 1987 — this after an impressive stint as a well-known multisport prep athlete at Carver (basketball, ran track, and volleyball).

Aside from sports, she was a member of Carver’s Art Club.

THE ROLL CALL --- Creative Di-Zigns owner Melony Walker poses with Memphis renowned Memphis radio personality Stan Bell.

THE ROLL CALL — Creative Di-Zigns owner Melony Walker poses with Memphis renowned Memphis radio personality Stan Bell.

Consequently, her athletic accolades eventually gave way to her landing a basketball scholarship to LeMoyne in the early 1980s, during which she also became a member of the Lady Magicians’ track and field program.

A longtime member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Walker was named LOC’s Basketball Homecoming Queen in 1984 and was runner-up in the Miss LeMoyne-Owen pageant the following year.

Despite her assortment of achievement and accolades, one thing about which anyone can’t question is Walker’s fond admiration for her Memphis.

“I’m beginning a new journey in my life to make a difference in the world of art in Memphis through creativity as a woman artist,” Walker said.
Sounding much like the beloved Memphian for which she is widely known.

For more information about Creative Di-Zigns, call 901-949-6146, or visit them online at: http://www.creativedizigns.com/.

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Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.