Empower ME Academy | Basketball Skill & Leadership Development

SPEAKING TRUTH

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.

Nelson Mandela
1918 - 2013
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Excellence is changing the status quo and raising the expectations of youth sports by offering high quality coaching/mentorship, while commiting to innovation, modeling exceptional values, and raising the standards of human service.

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Our Impact Since 2013

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THE OUTCOME?

1. Engage

Every experience is an opportunity to improve your skills. Connect with your best self to become a leader.

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THE OUTCOME?

2. Embrace

Your leadership journey doesn’t happen alone. We all get it done together. We are a family.

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THE OUTCOME?

3. Evolve

At your best, you show others the way. Become a master of teamwork and leadership.

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THE OUTCOME?

4. Become

Learn to lead with confidence. Help those around you to exceed expectations.

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We are the San Francisco Bay Area’s Empower ME Academy.

We teach all essential basketball fundamentals — all skills and concepts — plus leadership skills that go way beyond the court. We’re just better.
Want to know why?

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TESTIMONIALS

EMA has been truly transformational for our daughter, beyond any basketball experience she has had at school or through two AAU programs. Here’s why — Jerome and his team teach much more than basketball.

David Glickman
Father of Samantha Glickman
(HS Class of 2021)
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US?

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY

February 13, 2006, Coach Gumbs leads USF Dons to victory over San Diego 87-71. ⚡️
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What’s not to love?

Comment below with your favorite part of the game! 🏀
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How to ensure excellence?

By connecting mind, body and spirit.

We teach mindfulness to be used both on and off the court. 🧘

#mindfulSunday #palaceoffinearts
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#THROWBACKTHURSDAY

February 13, 2006, Coach Gumbs leads USF Dons to victory over San Diego 87-71. ⚡️
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127 8

What’s not to love?

Comment below with your favorite part of the game! 🏀
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How to ensure excellence?

By connecting mind, body and spirit.

We teach mindfulness to be used both on and off the court. 🧘

#mindfulSunday #palaceoffinearts
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Basketball legend Michael Jordan reminds us that we can become anything we want if we put our minds to it and embrace what we see as “limits.” ⭐️

#michaeljordan #inspiration #growthmindset
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Happy Birthday, @coach_gumbs !🎉

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Coach Gumbs, the CEO and Founder of Empower Me Academy, for being an exceptional leader.

Coach Gumbs has profoundly impacted the basketball community in the Bay Area by establishing a supportive and collaborative environment that fosters leadership development and mental well-being.

Thank you, Coach Gumbs, for creating Empower Me Academy, a safe haven where students from diverse backgrounds can elevate their skills and thrive!
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Secure your spot now for the upcoming basketball Tournament clinics from April 8th to April 12th!

Join us at the Chinese American International School for a week of in-clinic tournaments and an opportunity to develop your basketball and leadership skills.

Sign up link in bio! Don’t make yourself MAD by missing out! 🏀
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#THROWBACKTHURSDAY

February 13, 2006, Coach Gumbs leads USF Dons to victory over San Diego 87-71. ⚡️
...

127 8

What’s not to love?

Comment below with your favorite part of the game! 🏀
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34 1

How to ensure excellence?

By connecting mind, body and spirit.

We teach mindfulness to be used both on and off the court. 🧘

#mindfulSunday #palaceoffinearts
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28 1

Basketball legend Michael Jordan reminds us that we can become anything we want if we put our minds to it and embrace what we see as “limits.” ⭐️

#michaeljordan #inspiration #growthmindset
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25 1

Happy Birthday, @coach_gumbs !🎉

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Coach Gumbs, the CEO and Founder of Empower Me Academy, for being an exceptional leader.

Coach Gumbs has profoundly impacted the basketball community in the Bay Area by establishing a supportive and collaborative environment that fosters leadership development and mental well-being.

Thank you, Coach Gumbs, for creating Empower Me Academy, a safe haven where students from diverse backgrounds can elevate their skills and thrive!
...

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Secure your spot now for the upcoming basketball Tournament clinics from April 8th to April 12th!

Join us at the Chinese American International School for a week of in-clinic tournaments and an opportunity to develop your basketball and leadership skills.

Sign up link in bio! Don’t make yourself MAD by missing out! 🏀
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🚨Attention🚨Register now for the upcoming basketball Tournament Clinics, which will take place from April 8th to April 12th. Join us for a week of in-clinic tournaments where you learn to play the right way, develop your leadership skills and basketball fundamentals. Don`t miss this opportunity for us to bring out the madness in you! 🤪

🔗 in bio to sign up, or message us for any inquiries. 😊
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On this #motivationmonday, let`s take inspiration from @the1truecrunchy (founder of @bluemarbleacres_marin) as he sheds light on one of the essential qualities that students cultivate on their path to becoming great leaders at EMA.
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#leadership #monday #EMA #respect #respect #biggerthanbasketball #lifelessons #basketball #sports #youthdevelopment #empowerment #lifeskills #bayarea #youthsports
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#flashbackfriday Reminiscing on our #2023Empowerfest. The inspiring panel of leaders shared their insights on overcoming doubts about their dreams. Their wisdom encourages us to pursue our aspirations with courage and determination. Remember to #savethedate for #2024empowerfest on August 24th & 25th. Let’s continue to foster a #growthmindset, embrace #leadership, and #empower our youth.
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#mindset #ema #youthempowerment #empowermeacademy
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