JLT Fieldhouse, Inc., named after my father, the late Sgt. Major Joe Lewis Thompson, USMC, who was the inspiration for me to follow my dreams and not just talking about them. He was a 30 year Marine (1960-1990), that adopted my older brother and I when we were just 3 and 4 years of age. He raised us as if we were his own flesh and blood, never wavering from the expectation of any other father. His most unique quality was that he never made any attempt to run our household like we were in the military. Our “family” was like any other, and that led to a life of great opportunity, and we now want to return that favor, in his honor.
JLT Fieldhouse, Inc. offers year round intense one on one and team oriented training in basketball, focus, leadership, confidence building, teamwork and above all, mentoring the youth of tomorrow. It was established and operates in Rowan County, NC. We focus on the basics of the game of basketball, increased athletic skills, self-confidence, team building, elevation of self-esteem, self-worth and personal development for the future are the objectives of this academy. Our major contributions to the community are mentoring, tutoring and coaching of life skills and establishing a scholarship foundation to provide educational assistance to participants to allow for continuing and higher educational opportunities.
The inclusion of a learning (Innovation) center to coincide with the athletic aspects of our operation will enhance social skills as well as promote an engaging educational environment. We will collaborate with local higher education institutions, Livingstone College and Catawba College to provide the learning assistance for our participants, while also providing teaching opportunities for the education majors at these institutions through work study programs and volunteering.
We have grown significantly over the past three years, and are now poised to look to obtain our own facility to run, operate and continue to grow.
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