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Led by active-duty Air Force members, our team at Born 2 Ball is fully committed to the children we serve. Our mission is to empower young athletes to achieve their goals within the sport, whether that’s reaching the collegiate or professional level, or simply enjoying the game for fun and personal growth.

What sets Born 2 Ball apart is our unwavering dedication to the well-being and development of our players. Our coaches, who make no financial profit from the program, are driven solely by their passion for mentoring kids and their love for the game of basketball.

While Born 2 Ball is still in its early stages, we are rapidly growing and expanding our offerings. We are currently working on establishing a ladies Born 2 Ball team and introducing additional age groups for boys, ensuring that more young athletes have the opportunity to benefit from our program.

Thank you for visiting Born 2 Ball, where we believe in the transformative power of basketball and the potential of every child we serve!

Head Coach & CEO


Meet Coach Neil,

a Baltimore native, grew up under the guidance of his veteran father, who instilled in him a deep love for coaching. With his father's mentorship across various levels of basketball, Coach Neil's path was clear: he would become a coach himself. Currently serving in the military, Coach Neil finds fulfillment in working with children and young teens, imparting not just the skills of the game, but also valuable life lessons. His passion lies not only in teaching the intricacies of the sport but also in nurturing his players to become better individuals both on and off the court.

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    Assistant Coach


    Meet Coach Shipp,

    a gridiron guru originally from Wichita, Kansas, who sharpened his skills in Muskogee, Oklahoma, before earning a football scholarship to East Central University. With a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Education, Coach Shipp focuses on instilling mental toughness, hunger for success, and adaptability in his players. As a father himself, he excels at working with children. 


      Assistant Coach

      "COACH CALI"

      Meet Coach Cali,

      a basketball enthusiast whose passion ignited in Los Angeles at age five. Currently a member of the men's Luke Air Force Base basketball team, he believes adversity molds problem-solving men, a conviction rooted in his LA upbringing. Drawing from his own experiences, both on and off the court, Coach Cali is committed to instilling this mindset in his players, guiding them to overcome obstacles and thrive in the face of adversity, while also imparting valuable life lessons that extend beyond the game.

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