SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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Page 18 of 75 January 2018 19 SPECIAL FEATURE: Awards & Recognition Issue all boys. My daughter wanted to play and I wanted to coach my kids and work to coach other people. It gave me an opportunity to be with my family. My oldest played for the University of Nevada and my youngest is at the University of Connecticut." As an athlete, coach and father, Williams said he was committed to making sure coaches had the proper training to work with young people. "It was important to make sure that coaches were getting better training. Coaches get a bad rap because they don't always get proper train- ing," he said "You know, sometimes people get into it for the wrong reason. They get into it for the money and there is a lot of money, but you have to get into it for the right reason. It's about the kids. So, training coaches and teaching people was how I approached it." While Jam On It! started with basketball, the program has now expanded to include volleyball, track & field, baton twirling, jump rope events and he's considering adding 3x3 adult events because adult fans of Jam On It! Sports events want to compete because of the "incredible atmosphere," Williams said. As far as the future and Williams' vision for his organization, he said he hopes to expand to the East Coast with the same model that has proven so successful in the west and Pacific tournaments. "The all-under-one-roof concept and model and the partnerships are strategic to our success," he said. "But I have to say our biggest supporter is the AAU. AAU is great and so supportive." And Williams continues to give back to the people and communities who have supported him. "Everywhere we go we have a food drive. Personally, I have health issues, but we basically have the coaches and parents come in and pack meals for the hungry. It's so rewarding to go into one of those cities and meet the needs of people. You don't get places without helping others," Williams said referring to the AAU Cares Program, which he helped to develop. As the AAU Girls' Basketball National Co-Chair for almost five years, Williams is dedicated to instilling social responsibility in youth athletes, including the Feeding Children Everywhere project. "I believe in strategic partnerships with communities and I believe the model we have created benefits everyone involved," Williams said. Jam On It! also hosts the Reno Memorial Basketball Tournament, the largest basketball tournament in the world, according to Williams who said the event draws more than 1,000 am- ateur youth teams. Other large events are held in Las Vegas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Hawaii and Orlando, Fla. The organization also helps others with tournament equipment needs and offers an equipment rental program for groups holding events at convention centers. Williams has served on the board of directors of AAU since 2001 and has been the governor of the Pacific AAU District (California and Nevada) for more than 15 years. In 2014, he was voted by the AAU Congress as AAU Second Vice-President. He's helped to grow the Pacific district to the largest in the country by organizing camps, clinics, invitational events, leagues and tournaments. Married to his wife Therese for 25 years, Williams' children are Kayla, Omarri, Gabrielle, Matthew III and Dominic. n WHERE DEDICATION TO YOUR SUCCESSFUL EVENT IS OUR BADGE OF HONOR. OPEN UP TO DEDICATION Just minutes north of Seattle, you'll find a great selection of sports venues for your event. In addition to complete event organization assistance, you'll find over 6,100 hotel rooms, endless outdoor adventures and unlimited opportunities for fun. Contact Tammy Dunn, CSEE at 888-338-0976, ext. 102 Made possible in part by assistance from the Snohomish County TPA Fund

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