This summer, former Georgetown guard Chris Wright has had even more in mind than just making his childhood hoops dream come true. Chris, along with his older brother Orlando, have recently begun working on developing a basketball training program for young kids in the D.C. community.
The newly founded program named The Wright Basketball School currently provides training sessions with trainers Chris and Orlando Wright in all aspects of the game.
The program currently works with kids from the elementary to high school levels on a range of skills. The coed program helps younger kids begin to build technique and learn basketball fundamentals. For the older age group, Chris and Orlando work on improving the prospect athletes' ability to read defenses, understand different angles of the game, and bring their game to the next level.
The Wright Basketball School currently rents out gym space in several locations in Montgomery County. For convenience sake, Chris and Orlando also provide the service of coming to a location desired by anyone who seeks the service of the school.
The program currently is working with 13 kids ranging from ages 9 through 14 in the Montgomery County region.
Despite the schools' several current locations, Chris and Orlando are working hard to bring their training service to a facility where they would have a structured place to teach the game they love.
Other than the on-the-court basketball skills taught there, The Wright Basketball School provides its students with first hand experience with individuals who have seen court time at the professional level. Experience and interpretation from Chris and Orlando are virtues for a young aspiring player.
Bowie native and former Georgetown player, Chris Wright, has recently played professionally in the Turkish Basketball league, which has seen the likes of NBA players Deron Williams and Thabo Sefolosha. However, about three months ago Chris returned to the US and has been working on playing in the Las Vegas NBA Summer League and other NBA summer mini-camps. Chris hopes to play in the NBA next year; however, in a “worst case scenario,” he will return to Europe to play professionally.
Orlando Wright, who has played at the collegiate level, has been doing personal basketball training for the past three years in the DC area.
Aside from the privilege of being able to teach local kids the game of basketball, Orlando Wright says that what truly inspired he and his brother to start the program was that not all people are provided with a way to be involved with the sport they love.
“Me and [Chris] were real fortunate in that we had people when we were young to provide us the opportunity to play ball,” Orlando Wright said. “I have noticed that there aren't many basketball training facilities or schools or around. You have your piano, gymnastics, and tennis lessons, but not so much for basketball. We want to help people in the community by providing a basketball outlet for those who seek a place to improve their skills.”
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