Schools Involved

Albemarle Road Middle School

Eastway Middle School

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

Ranson Middle School

Renaissance West

Sedgefield Middle School

YMCAs Involved: Simmons YMCA, Johnston YMCA, McCrorey YMCA, Stratford Richardson YMCA


The Progress

94% of parents believe that LifeHoops has helped their child develop on the court, and 88% believe it has helped their child develop off the court.

67% of LifeHoops participants self-reported trying hard in school almost every day, vs. 42% before the program.

100% of LifeHoops participants self-reported enjoying playing basketball and trying to get better almost every day.

Average GPA of LifeHoops participants rose from 2.0 to 2.3 for participants with 80% attendance in 60 days.

The Coaches

Coach Rodney

Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica

Rodney was born in Jamaica and raised in LA and in Birmingham, Alabama. He's played basketball on every level from high school to professionally overseas, and joined LifeHoops because he felt that it was his God-given purpose. He loves mentoring youth and helping others find empowerment in life. He feels that his purpose in life is not to win, but to grow and share. As the first coach alongside Coach Speedy, he has been with us since LifeHoops was founded.

Rodney King

Coach Speedy

Hometown: Forest City, NC

Coach Speedy attended and played basketball at Surry Community College before moving to Charlotte in 2006. For the past 12 years, he has a wealth of experience working with youth, primarily in mental health and sports. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his kids, playing chess and professional networking. He also is petrified of cats...He currently works as lead coach at our Johnston YMCA location. As LifeSports’ first coach, Coach Speedy has been with us since we were founded!

Kortney Foster

Coach Will

Hometown: Boone, NC

Will attended Guilford College in Greensboro, NC where he played basketball and earned his degree in Business. Upon graduation, he attended Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland where he earned his Master's Degree in Sport Management while also playing semi-professionally. Will joined LifeHoops in January of 2018. Will currently works as a LifeHoops Coach at the Simmons YMCA.

Will Koppenhaver

Coach Justin

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Justin was born and raised here in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a huge Duke fan. He chose LifeSports because he felt that this opportunity was very special, and that the feeling you get knowing that you are giving back to the youth while preparing them for the future is astonishing.

Justin Harris

Coach Josh

Hometown: LaPorte, IN

Josh moved to Charlotte in 2013 to get his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from UNC Charlotte. Before accepting the LifeHoops coaching position, he worked in the fitness industry, and still uses those skills in the Red Ventures’ fitness center as a class instructor. His favorite part of being a LifeHoops coach is showing our young students the importance of life skills through basketball.

Josh Knickerbocker

Coach Anthanee

Hometown: Holly Springs, NC

Anthanee played basketball for both the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and Wingate University. Upon graduating, Anthanee dedicated time to working for Eckerd Connects, where he provided residential therapeutic treatment for boys with behavioral and emotional challenges. Anthanee loves to go fishing and once caught a 5-pound pike in the upper peninsula of Michigan!

Anthanee Doyle

Keith Headshot

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Keith leads our Stratford Richardson YMCA site. He received an athletic scholarship to Gardner-Webb University out of high school, and loves both basketball and working with kids—hence why he counts himself lucky to be a part of a program like LifeSports!

Keith Manley