TAMPA — Marvin Harvey’s history lines the walls of his personal basketball facility in Tampa. He has trained NBA players, college and high school stars and plenty of recreational players.
Now he wants to start working with kids who aren’t thinking about million-dollar contracts and college scholarships. He is working with kids who simply want to shoot at a basket they can reach.
Harvey teaches shooting, and only shooting. He can tell after one shot if there is an issue with someone’s form. He takes a lot of pride in it and isn’t afraid to talk about it.
Now he’s taking his game to the next level as he begins a new “mini-basketball” league at Corbett Prep. Harvey and Corbett are accepting kids in first through fifth grades to play in a new league at Corbett Prep. The league will be on Saturdays throughout the fall and the kids will be grouped by age.
“We can teach a lot, but the best way for kids to learn is to play the game,” Harvey said. “We want to give them a chance at a young age.”
The league starts Saturday with tryouts and an instructional camp. Games will run between 8 and 11 a.m. and practices will be held on Monday and Wednesday nights.
Since the games are for younger kids, the ball will be 27.5 inches in diameter and the rims are only 8.5 feet off the floor as opposed to the regulation 10 feet. There will be plenty of breaks and all of the kids will play at least two quarters.
“It’s all about developing fundamentals and letting the kids learn the game,” Harvey said. “We also want to teach honesty and teamwork. It’s all about having fun and teaching at the same time.”
The cost for the league is $125 per child or $55 for those already enrolled at the Marvin Harvey Basketball School of Excellence.
For more information, call Ivan Romero, program director, at (813) 961-3087.