What They Say About PHH

2016 TESTIMONIALS

 
Braden and Ryder both plan on taking the class again. It's an amazing class! - Terri Minc
 
Petra had a fantastic time at girls basketball on Sunday – she can’t wait to go back! - Paulina Caprio
 
He really likes your program.   You do a good job teaching.   Also is fun….. - Jim McGill
 
Thank you for the email recap. Samir really enjoyed the tournament and was very motivated after the wins on Sunday. He loved the
 
team and the coaching. Thank you for the positive experience! - Billyana Arif
 
Thanks Coach.  Trevor had a great time and loves the tough coaching- really appreciate the thorough summary - Patrick Todd
 
Also, I wanted to let you know that I am so incredibly appreciative of how Coach Ron and Coach Chris work with the kids. They are
passionate about the sport, work hard to  develop each and every child on the court, communicate well with the kids, and regarding Ethan - they get him excited about playing...which is wonderful. Also, they often take their own time after practices to give many of the kids personal attention and extra tips. As a parent, knowing that those busy, young coaches are "off the clock" (and most likely have many other things they could be doing) - and they still choose to stay in the gym and give extra coaching to the few kids that linger around - that really speaks to their dedication and character. Thanks for hiring great guys who share and demonstrate your positive coaching philosophies! - Aimee Kravets
 
We were extremely happy with the program last year.  The coaches had an age appropriate intensity and the other players brought a good level of competitive competition to the play each week. - MIchele Shrout
 
Thank you very for all the years of training as he would NOT have been able to do it without Play Hard Hoops coaches. - Shodkodko
Family
 
Jackson was the second highest scorer and played great defense, thanks to the great foundation he received with PHH. - Lori Clark

Thank you for giving him this opportunity to work with your coaches and other players.  It built his love for the game,confidence and self-esteem which was lacking and helped bring out his wonderful personality - Gloria Cahill

On a side note, Sayer had an AMAZING time last week. The program was fantastic and they really seemed to work on a lot of skills while still having lots of fun. I'll definitely keep you posted. - Jennifer Jankowski

The skills practices have been OUTSTANDING, as always. I really like the coaches. - Jennifer Seuring

Quick note-- Braden is truly loving b ball, and you and Ron are a big part of that. - Shaun Frizielle

-we know that he will feel at home and joyful every Sunday at the Windy City Fieldhouse. Thank you to you and your staff. - Richard Snee

He is absolutely loving the Sunday league with you!!!  I'm so glad we kept him in it. - Jessica Drescher

Also- your program and your coaches are obviously and uniquely enthusiastic. What a difference that positive energy is for motivation.

- Suzanne Moller

I'm a fan of your program and share with all the folks I know - Joy Schwartz

We love Play Hard as you run a great program. - David Gonsky

My daughter (8 yrs) took a thursday evening basketball class with Playhard Hoops at windy city.  Are you going to be providing the same type of class this fall?  I hope so - she loved it! - Molly Luthman

Grant is loving it. Great coaches, great program. We love it! - Jason Smith

Thank you for leading the program this fall and winter.  Tyler loves playing hoops and really enjoys the program you have put together.   I believe he's progressing well for being in 1st grade and playing hard against the 2nd graders.   Thank you for pushing him up...it was a terrific assessment and decision for him. - Brian Olsen

Thank you for all that you and coach Ron have done with the kids. Alex has really gotten in to the game as a result of your coaching.  It's been great to see him develop and hope we sticks with it. - Phil Hinojosa

Just want to pass along our thanks for the program the past two sessions....It's all relative, but we saw a lot of improvement with Duncan this past session...Ron has been awesome keeping Duncan involved and more importantly, kept it fun... - Steve Kalina

Thank you for all of your hard work.  My son, Dylan, really enjoyed the program.  I was also impressed with the level of coaching and skills that the program has. - Mike Nygren

I wanted to let you know how much I love your program. It has been great for Mathew, his skills have grown tremendously and he has really enjoyed it! - Tracey Boemmel

We definitely plan on coming back to Play Hard Hoops in the future. lots of great foundational skills, and Coach Ron was fantastic with the developmental league kids. - Jeff Mchugh

We had a great, great time and will mull all this seriously. your guys did a great job.  - James Warren

Thank you for a fun season that was very entertaining and educational for the boys.   Johnny really enjoyed being a part of the program and has wanted to keep going with the spring basketball session because of his experience this winter.
  - John Zachara
This is our first time in Play Hard Hoops and the boys have really enjoyed it. My husband and I are really happy with the program. - Aimee Prybl
Charlie and Luke absolutely love Play Hard Hoops and were telling some of their friends about it who live West of the city - Kim Connolly
I asked Charlie what his favorite sport is to play yesterday and he said basketball and baseball.  A couple years ago it was soccer and football. - Jason Kehrberg
Thanks for another great season. We continue to be so impressed with the coaching and improvement of these kids. I agree that the team play is greatly improved and all of the kids got so much better. - Jennifer Seuring
Ben is really loving Wednesday skills and he is signed up for the spring league..are you offering anything else for his age in the spring? Our season is over and I would love him to be playing at least twice a week. - Jen Van Eekeren
Our son (Grant Gugino) is thoroughly enjoying his time with his Wisconsin teammates. We love, and are impressed with, your coaching approach! Thank you. Michele Legacy - Gugino
By the way, Bryce's grandpa said last Saturday was great. He really enjoyed himself. - Jay Erkman
Just wanted to let you know Ron does an amazing job with the kids. We love when he's here. Thank you!!! - Michelle Brooks
Yes, both my daughters will be there tomorrow.  Alexandra at 12:00 and Gabby at 3:00.  We really have loved the program! - Anne Luburic
We really appreciate the program you offer the kids, very well run and always positive. - Brent & Jessica Becker
Thanks again for everything. The boys love your program and are definitely getting better. - Andrew Shrout
Love the new page!  My son Tyler spent all morning combing around and reading what was written.  He was smiling from ear to ear when he saw that Henry was player of the week.  Very well done coach.  Thanks for everything that you do and promoting basketball and the love of the game to the children in our community.  - Brian Reed
Congratulations coach!!!! We are so glad to be part of these league. Loving the website!!!!! - Ampa Stelle

You are an outstanding coach and so impressive watching how you've transformed these boys into such great players. You are an excellent instructor and motivator. Charlie takes basketball very seriously and hangs on every word from his coaches. I'm so excited he has this opportunity to be a part of your team. I appreciate so much everything you do. Thank you! - Lisa Kehrberg

Andy is truly enjoying the league thus far. And coach Ron is really great! - Chirag Maru

As for your basketball program, I don't think anyone in the city runs a better one for young kids.  We've tried the other local programs and thought they he learned a lot more about the sport at Play Hard Hoops.  I have really appreciated the time and effort each of your coaches has spent with him. - Will Frampton

First of all thanks for all you and your other associates have done working with Josef…although he is not an elite and skilled player he has improved dramatically. - Marty Gaggiano

You are so great at what you do, it was fun to see you in action impacting so many kids every week. - Katie Gafrath

He really enjoyed Play Hard Hoops and is planning on participating again at some time. You have a great program and the growth we saw in Brogan in that short time was impressive - Erin Brown

We appreciate all the years of working with you. You have a great program! - Michelle Pratt

Thanks again for 2 more great seasons with Play Hard.  You and the coaches do a FANTASTIC job with the kids.  I’m looking forward to getting Graham back with your group soon! - Steve Jackson

 

CAMP TESTIMONIALS - UPDATED

Both of my children really LOVED the camp last week. - Anne Dybek

I just have to tell you that my daughter, Mia McRoberts, is having a blast at camp. She can't stop talking about it. The best year yet! - Kara Gibney

Thanks for the Camp, Shreyas had a great time and wanted me to sign him up for the next session. - Chetan Dandavate

Well-organized, great coaches, exciting games, fun swag. My son, Jarrod's, loved it! - Tim Cohen

My daughter really loved her week of camp, her first exposure to basketball! - Andrea Pofferberger

You guys have a great organization and my boys love playing in your camps – Jon Schaefer

I wanted to thank you for organizing and running a great basketball camp. My son was hesitant to go Monday morning, both from the perspective of getting off the couch on a Monday but also because he said he wasn't very good at basketball and he would get teased. It's now Thursday morning and although the wii might still win out over hoops in a draw, he was awarded camper of the day (twice!) and comes home each day smiling.
Mother of Hoops Education Basketball Camper

As a former camper myself, I can say that part of who I am is because of this camp and I love being able to come back and teach these kids every summer.

Ben Johnson - Current Hoops Education Basketball Camp Coach

2015 TESTIMONALS

 Larry learned a lot from your program. We love your program. He made it to winter BG travel team this year - Hongmei Deng

I wanted to share some exciting news! Both of my boys made the Hinsdale Inferno Travel Basketball Team. They developed a lot of skill and talent at Play Hard Hoops! Thanks for a great program.  - Kristin Zaun

He loves Play Hard and both Joe and I think it is a great program.  - Courtney Westmeyer

 

Jack has really enjoyed the summer league and we would like to continue you him in the program throughout the year. – Kuzmerz Family

 

He had a great time and we feel his game is improving  Also bringing some other families with us to the league this year.  They saw Jacob's growth from his practicing on Wednesdays and it speaks volumes for Play Hard – David Gonsky

Boys came home VERY happy – Nada Weiss

Again I have to thank you for running such a great program. I returned from a business trip in San Fran last night to find Trey beaming about his new PHH shirt and how he can’t wait for the next session. We had a really great experience this last go round. – Beth Knaster

Drew loved hoops so much, and was so happy to win a title. Thanks for a great season, it was really fun to listen to him talk about each game, as well as watch him play – Corey Benjamin

And thanks to you and your Winter Developmental League, Ezio is now a basketball FANATIC!!! – Alyssa Kleinsmith

It's been great for my daughter Cammy.  Ron does a good job with the girls and teaches the technical and tactical parts of the game well.  – Derek Niepomnik

Thanks for the note David.  Matteo and Mason had a lot of fun.  You and your coaches ask a lot of the young players – I love that.  Awesome to see how much fun they had and how they are developing.  Looking forward to the Spring sessions this week! – Jerome Nolasco

Thanks for a great season.  It was a well-run league, and Nathan learned a lot. – Karen Perritt

You have a fantastic program! – Kathleen Pseja

Wilson loves it! Great program. – Kim Smiejek

We have really enjoyed the current league & feel it is extremely well run. – Valerie Campbell

I wanted to tell you that the coach Daniel (the wizards) had today was excellent! He seemed to really get close to the kids and give them great instruction – Margie Goldblatt

Brandon was very pleased with his personal effort yesterday and how it translated to a better performance on the floor.  He said, "playing that hard really made me tired".  I had to laugh and replied, "that is why Coach A calls it Play Hard".  Thanks for all your support. – Brian Reed

Thanks for all the great emails, you do a nice job with this league! – Joan Jablonski

I wanted to tell you that we, as a family, are so grateful to you and your staff for the excellent coaching that Eli is currently receiving at PHH (and Sam previously).  Having also experienced other basketball programs in the community, it is clear that your approach to teaching the skills and play of basketball to kids is exceptional.  Your staff are focused on the children and provide the right amount of encouragement and feedback.  It was my first chance to see the Tuesday, 7 pm class this past week, and I was again impressed at the level of instruction and the kids/response to you and your staff. – Mindy Gold

Everyone has been impressed with how much Kyle has improved from your program.  We really appreciate the league! – Anne Luburic

Just wanted to say thank you to you and your staff for the program that you provide for the kids.   The time and dedication that you and your group put into the Play Hard Hoops organization, has impacted Ryan in big way over the past 2 years.  To see where he is this year, in comparison to last year during your weekly class, it's pretty safe to say, a lot of that is owed to your program. – Adam Jacobson

I really wish I would have signed up before, this class was very good!  My boys loved it, and they felt they learned something. – Dane Drotts

I also wanted to pass on that as always, Ron was a FANTASTIC teacher yesterday (as was the other coach-not sure of his name). – Neal Gold

BTW-The clinics were great last night.  My son, Jay really liked the session and couple of the drills that we had not done in practice. – Jeff Ralston

We have LOVED the program and the improvement we have seen in Jillian's skills. Please keep us on the distribution list. I hope that a Spring or Summer camp session will work! – Melissa Leuck

 

2014 TESTIMONIALS

Play Hard Hoops helped my son in a way that will make him a better man in the future.  Sportsmanship, courage, teamwork and discipline are just some of the characteristics and qualities that you instill in the boys and girls that are a part of Play Hard Hoops. –Erica Thompson

it was so much fun! Our 4th boy team had a total blast. My son primarily plays soccer and has played travel soccer since he was 6. I haven’t seen a smile on his face when he was playing on the court in a really long time. Many thanks for all that you do!! --Jennifer Seuring

We have LOVED the program and the improvement we have seen in Jillian's skills. – Melissa Leuck

Spencer has been having a really fun time with the league and I took him to a gym Sunday and see how quickly he is making strides. Big thank you to you and the other coaches! – Michael Sigal

Thank u for all your great coaching techniques. He has learned a lot from you and your coaches! – Stephanie Silverman

Collin has had such a great time with PHH that we'd like to sign his sister Charlotte up for this session – Jim Kenyon

You have a great program, he has loved it! – Becky West

Looking forward to have Charlotte learn some great fundamentals, since both of her brothers have done so well with your Fall leagues the last few years! – Robyn Tolva

I just signed Kyle up for the winter development league.  He improved so much in the fall league and we really enjoyed the program. –Anne Luburic

Also, I thought your coaches clinic you did a couple of weeks ago at the Libertyville Sports Complex for the Libertyville Park District league was awesome. – Rich Angelbeck

Larry and I want to thank you for EVERYTHING that you have done to make him a better player both physically and mentally. He has truly enjoyed working with you over these past five years! -- Ellen Bronska

I just wanted to thank you and all of Aaron's coaches for the last 5 years of Play Hard Hoops. He has developed immensely over that time and your program is a big reason why.–Errol Gerber

You have done an outstanding job with these boys David. I have to say Sam has improved so much in the couple years he has been in your program, and he LOVES it. –Matt Rhodes

I wanted to be sure to tell you that Friday night's session was fantastic for Sam. We've been playing our usual hoops on the driveway and I have NEVER seen him play defense (or as aggressively) as well as he is now. He repeated to us everything he learned. – Neal Gold

We love your program   You will see us a lot over the next few years ! –Jake Olson

Play hard hoops is a great program and larry has improved a lot.  –Hongmei

This league, more than just this one shot, has done wonders for him. He loves going, he enjoys learning about the game, and likes learning the skills and playing the game. Another great thing he learned was how to dribble between his legs (a goal for him!).  But most of all, I love how his confidence has grown. Thank you for a great time, and great memories!! You and your assistants are awesome!  - Marcie Pearlmutter

The confidence that Josh gained over the week was remarkable and every single person on your team was fabulous!  We would definitely recommend your programs and we look forward to signing Josh up again in the future! -- Scott & Susan Peterman

He really loves the spring league - so glad we are doing this! – Allison Alon

Bobby had a fantastic season with you this year.  Thanks for another amazing year! –Jill Seltzer

I believe Erik has advanced as a player and thank you for a great session again this winter –Julie Boehmer

I wanted to thank you for a great season of basketball. I felt like both of my sons were really challenged and improved. – Carrie Kondrad

Thanks much for everything David! Both Charlie and Jay learned a lot, while still keeping it positive.  –Laurie Carroll

Thank you for a great season. It was a great experience for me and my kids. We already sign up for the spring league.—Sherwin Benevides

I just want to say that this experience has been a really great one for Joshua.   He learned a TON and his skills  improved exponentially.  His coach (North Carolina) was the absolute best!  He worked really well with the kids and made the game fun while still managing to be firm.  I really liked him and so did the boys. –Liz Gold

David, I was very impressed with the program and thought it was very well organized and executed. Coach Kelsi and the other coaches did a great job with the girls and I noticed improvement among all players. Very good communication with the kids. My daughter Ava really improved a lot and had so much fun. She looked forward to it every week and wanted to do it more often. – Marty McManaman

Thank you to you - we love your program! – Jenny Hurd

I wanted to thank you for yours programs this winter.  All 3 of my boys have benefited tremendously from it.  (frankly, so have I...  I've been working on my left hand dribble and layup) – Colin Nance

We have been very happy with your program and hope that the times work out to have both our boys be involved in this program in the future. –Jill Thurmond

I thought he played his best game ever despite it being against much older kids.   Thanks for helping him with his development, he is so confident now! – Mark Ditsch

The league is great! Just thought you should know that your program stand out from the rest. – Mark Izraelewicz

Thanks coach.  It had been a true pleasure for us to be associated with your league.  You have made us all better from the kids, parents and coaches.  Look forward to having my youngest son experience Play Hard Hoops next year. – Brian Reed

Thank you for the tutorial. I really enjoyed it! Also enjoyed this article! Thanks for being such a great coach! We have really enjoyed playing with your league! I have enjoyed watching Jacob play, learn, and have fun! – Stephanie Silverman

thanks so much for everything!  Jaxsen has really enjoyed this league and we have really seen his confidence grow! –Leslie Forman

I love your programs David.  You do a great job with the kids.  Right amount of discipline and teaching.  Keep up the good work.  I wish I had this when I was a kid.   –Bill Fawcett

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the parent tutorial on Sunday.  I played varsity basketball through high school and thought your suggestions were right on the mark.  I look forward to trying your drills with my son Lucas. –David Daskal

Just a quick review of your program at Kits: We are very very impressed with the program and so glad we found play hard hoops this winter. We are already looking into summer basketball for our son (Anthony) with your program. We'll definitely spread the word around to our friends.  –Sharon Kim

Matthew K had the game of his life this past Sunday. Was very aggressive as guard. Drove to the hoop at least 7 time, and hit layups on weak and strong side. Dribbling routinely with both hands though less against better defenders. I attribute this to skills he is developing in PH. – Shimon Kahan

Thank you for all you do.   This is a great program! –Kelly Belew

just want to take a moment to say Thank You!  I appreciate how organized, professional and entertaining for the kids your programs are. –Liz Compton

Also, just wanted to thank you for running such a great league. Christian loves it & is learning a lot of fundamentals from you. As a coach myself, I really appreciate your coaching & dedication. –Joe Uremovich

Thanks again – your assistant coaches are fabulous and the boys love basketball thanks to your program. –Nancy Temple

David, it was exceptionally kind for you to take the time to write this. Connor has learned a lot from the Adelman experience. You run a very high quality organization –Noreen Heron

Erin’s involvement in your program has definitely helped her fundamentals & love for the game .. she’s been given a lot of opportunity on different teams because of your help.  So thank you! -- Jude Stewart

Both boys had a wonderful time today and we are thrilled with their progress and how much they are enjoying your program. -- Neal Gold

First, thanks for the great job you do coaching/training these kids.  It's terrific. -- Zorba Zettler

Thank you coach! These emails are great and very helpful. Kieran is having a blast and is learning a ton so thank you: -- Helen Cawley

Eric had a great fall session. He made the school basketball team, which I believe was a result of playing in your fall league. -- Barbara Hinch

Thanks for running such a great program.  Having done other basketball programs, we can say with great certainty that yours has been the perfect amount of competition and most importantly teaching.  Jack had a great time and is looking forward to the challenge of playing up with the 4th & 5th graders during the winter session. -- JohnTzur

Thank you so much. Bodie has learned so much from the fall league. I can tell that you really care about the kids and it makes a big difference. We look forward to the winter league. -- John Emanoil

We really appreciate your great work with these leagues, and we attribute Ian's skill development to them. We were reminiscing last night about how lost he was with a basketball before he started playing in your leagues! -- Jill Hope

Is really enjoying your class! Thank you! -- Lisa Moschin

Hi David.  First off, I just wanted to say thanks for the hard work you put into teaching the kids.  Alex has been playing organized basketball for 4 years now but after the tutorial he said to me 'I've always run in circles when I try to get open, I need to go in a straight line', and I could see major progress in that area in the game following.  I think he played his best game ever particularly on defense, rebounding, ball handling, getting open, and making the pass to the open man.  I love to see the progress these kids make.  Thanks again.-- Mark Ditsch

I am so happy I signed Noah up for your Fall league.  Yesterday was a great day for him and I really like the way you run the program and how your coaches interact with, and teach the kids.  I can tell he is going to get a lot of instruction on skills and strategy that he really wasn’t getting at the program he did last year.  -- Noah Levy

The confidence that Josh gained over the week was remarkable and every single person on your team was fabulous!  We would definitely recommend your programs and we look forward to signing Josh up again in the future! -- Scott & Susan Peterman

DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUES - CHICAGO, LAKE ZURICH, BUFFALO GROVE

Your program is the best in sports for kids I have seen so far.  I am very impressed. – Elisabeth Girard

Also, thanks a lot for all of your work with Joey during the camp.  He had a great time and he learned a lot.  – Jake Schlender

Also, I have not been able to take Sammy to class this session but I know he is having a great time.  Thanks so much for the great class! – Lisa Entin

Thanks for a great season! Jack loved every minute of it! – Suzy Baldwin

Great job. This was, at least, Nick Taylor's second experience with your program.

He had fun and continued to learn the game in a healthy environment.—Mike Taylor

Your words of wisdom will mean a lot to him. Thank you for making a difference in his self esteem! Thank you for a great season!   The Shagorys are big fans of Play hard hoops! – Shagory Family

Congratulations on running an excellent program. My sons, Patrick and Sean, really enjoyed it.

Truest mark of a successful program is that both independently said that they really had fun and want to play more hoops. – Pat Doyle

Thank you for a fabulous program!! We could not have been happier with our experience and were extremely impressed with you and your team. – Jackie Kramer

Thanks for a great season. Jeremy had such a wonderful experience. He immediately said after the game yesterday "will you sign me up for basketball next year." That's big for him as he's usually not thinking about that until winter." -- Lauren Sitrin

I just wanted to pass along our Thanks to you and Ethan & Brendan's coach. They both had a great time this winter playing basketball. I especially want to say how much we appreciated their coach this winter. He did a fantastic job.—John Vanderlinden

I just had to let you know how much my son has enjoyed the season. He has never played basketball before and he is a very little guy. He was worried he wouldn't fit in or be good enough. He did fit in and was surprised by how well he did during the games.
He learned a ton and looks forward to playing again starting in the fall this time.
I also want to mention that he had a wonderful coach. He was encouraging and kind while teaching them a ton. – Laurie Hentschel

I wanted to thank you for a great experience this winter.  This season, TJ grew a lot as a player and more importantly as a person.  TJ has definitely seen that hard work, determination and perseverance can be rewarding AND fun.  – Brad Mangurten

My husband Nick was amazed by the second half of the Syracuse/Uconn game - (he arrived just in time for that as I had to leave) - much improvement - thank you. – Gwen Pontikes

First, I want to take a quick second and say that I think you are doing an amazing job with Play Hard Hoops. Justin is having a great time and working hard and learning how to be a team player. And while I’m not sure that a full ride to a Division I school is in the cards for Justin, he is really enjoying himself and as far as I’m concerned, that is the most important thing. – Ian Schwartz

Nicholas has really come a long way in the 2 sessions we have been a part of.  We would really like to continue the skill instruction to build his foundation of the game!  You have an excellent program – you have what many programs are missing, the foundational skills that kids need to learn good habits from the start! – Lisa Quiroz

Thanks again and great job with the kids! Andrew really enjoys your program and has come a long way in developing his skills.  – Vic Alexanian

Thanks for a great time so far. Grant is really enjoying, and I think you are running a nice program (it’s really fun to watch these games). I imagine the difficulty with a bunch of 7-year-olds, and with differing abilities, aggressiveness, and interest level. – Steven Goldsmith

I watch you with the kids each week.  You are awesome. thanks again…. – Brian Yellen

Thanks for the coaching, you backed up what I always tell him and his brother, the hard work is put in down in our basement. – Pete Galuppo

He was supposed to play again this year, however, a friend told me about Kits so I took a chance and brought Brady into Kits instead. I have to tell you that I LOVE your program and wish I had known about it 2 years ago! You and Coach Jacob do an outstanding job and I am thrilled that Brady will be learning and growing in his skills while under the direction of you two! I will be refering everyone I know to this league - it's absolutely amazing!

  I can see the passion you have for the kids and the game and that is so comforting....Again - GREAT to be in your league!
 
Ti-Shen FIck
 
 
PRIVATE LESSONS
 We (Rich and Jordan of course) will work with Tyler one on one.... He is loving being with YOU and getting SO much better. – Wendy Baum
 
 Wanted to thank you so much though for your work with him and I know for a fact that it made a difference when it came to the tryout. A lot of good kids with size did not make it so I am thrilled that it worked out.

Dave Schulz

Mason enjoyed the fall PH league and he is looking forward to getting back at it this January. Thanks to you and your staff for a job well done.

 Greg Weider

WEEKLY CLASSES

 Thank you for a great session with Evan. He loved it and it really got him hooked on Basketball. I think it started a good foundation to learn about the game. You did a great job. – David Gold

Thanks so much for making Cam feel at home.  He really enjoyed it.  see you in January. 

Brian Yellen

I just wanted to give you some feedback about how much Caroline is enjoying your current skills session for 3rd grade at Windy City. I also am very impressed. I am going to be coaching our 4th grade girls team next year and I feel like I have learned a ton just by watching your practices. I especially like the fact that you really take time to teach each child and don’t let them get away with doing the drill incorrectly. I have never seen Caroline actually practice her form until these last few weeks.have a good day!  the boys are loving this class, learning alot and really enjoying having you as a coach!!!!!

Kate York

 OVERNIGHT CAMP KAWAGA

Thank you so much for all that you have done for Brian Murphy.  He has been talking about his trip for the past 24 hours whenever something at home triggers a memory.  He had a great time and I'm sure learned a great deal about basketball as well.  Thanks for being an incredible role model and coach.
Julian and Kathy Murphy

You made my son's summer. Your camps develop skills as well as build confidence. I couldn't be more pleased with your program.
Happy Summer! Thank you
Stacey Kuchuris

On another note: Thank you for making the "away" camp experience happen for our boys. I hope the kids didn't drive you too stark-raving-crazy too much of the time. I don't know how you and the other guys do it! But I appreciate it, and I will look for opportunities to continue to support Play Hard Hoops.
 
Mary Jo Lestingi

SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP

The boys had a great time! And your staff was awesome. Thank you again. Chat soon.

Suzanne Anders

TESTIMONIALS FROM THE 2010-11 SEASON

BASKETBALL LEAGUES AT WINDY CITY FIELDHOUSE

 You did an excellent job and sparked a love of basketball in my son. --Suzanne Massel

Irv and I continue to be pleased and impressed with your program and our boys are having a great basketball experience this year.  They have both improved their physical basketball skills as well as their emotional ones!--Ali Kagan

Your weekly recaps and emails are wonderful, thank you. --Diane Thomas

Thank you for the consistent updates. Your program is very well run. As a parent that has been involved with many other leagues in various sports, it is appreciated. --Bill Sheehan

Jeremy’s really enjoying this basketball program so just wanted to let you know that and thank you for putting together a great experience for the kid. --Suzanne Sitrin

As a first timer I want to say "so far so good" Ryley loves coming to play and already I feel he's pushed himself to get better away from camp, doing drills in the basement that he hadn't really taken to before.

--Ryley Krull

HOOPS EDUCATION WEEKLY CLASSES – CREATE A CLASS

Thank you so much for a really awesome session of Basketball.  Samarth thoroughly enjoyed and is always playing so much at home,he has developed a very positive interest in the sport.   --Juhi Adya

 For sure we will sign Drew up for the winter session! Count us in!! Drew has had so much fun and has learned so much from you guys.  He can finally keep up to Corey!!!  --Jonna Benjamin

 I have been so pleased with this program. I can see the progress Max has made( I know he has more to make, but he really has made strides, so I appreciate it) and he just loves BB.  --Traci Kogan

 I just wanted to say thank you very much for a great Basketball season. Yonatan had a great time and has learned a lot!!!  --Liat Chelminsky

 At this point, I would say there is a HIGH likelihood Ben would participate again next year! He loves it.  ---Allison Alon

 HOOPS EDUCATION WEEKLY CLASSES – CREATE A CLASS

Works great. We are in for the long-haul.  Nice work coordinating the 8 week program.  Dylan will be ecstatic.  He is having a great time and his skills are definitely improving.   --Phillip Gerber

 Your class has been getting rave reviews from both the kids and parents!  --Laura Boehm

Thank you for such a great class - Nate really enjoys coming every week and now wants to play at home every free minute.  --Robin Duffy

 Yes, he told me all about it. He loves that class and that was the highlight of his day today.

  --Corey Anders

FIRST ANNUAL OVERNIGHT HOOPS EDUCATION BASKETBALL CAMP

You did it just right.  Your communications, your candor, your commitment to giving these boys a great experience, and your following your own dream to make it happen.  You have a group of fans, both young and old, who will now follow you anywhere.  Thanks for making a difference in our summer 2011.

--Sally And Kyle Hunneke

Jamieson gave the camp experience an A+++.  He can't wait for next year!  --Kathleen Katz

Max keeps telling me what he would be doing at a certain time if he was at camp!...I think he is missing it!  --Lesley LeForge

Andrew loved it. The fun, the food, the freedom, the freinds. Thank you for making such a week possible. You did a great job, and I am very happy -- and really impressed -- with everyone involved. And I really liked the tweets!  --Mary Jo Lestingi

Well, the Manilow boys came home giving Ojibwa rave reviews!! You gave the right amt. of competition, variety of activities, choice and down time to make the week magical.  And, the counselors were amaaaazing.  --Lynn Manilow

 He said he had a one on one shooting lesson with you and felt after that he really was doing better and the techniques you taught really helped him.  He loves playing and said he never tired of basketball. The games of course were his favorite. He thought the food was great, Counselors were terrific, he loved the water activities, and more I can not think of right now. It was all great!!! Thank you again!

--Carini Family

My son Chris had s blast!  Thank you for providing such an awesome environment for lasting childhood memories. You are an exceptional mentor and leader!  --Stacy Kuchuris

Thank you so much for giving Ryan an incredible camp experience.   He loved it and will definitely be back next year.  --Linda Myers

HOOPS EDUCATION SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMPS

Just wanted to let you know that Andrew and Connor very much enjoyed the camp last week and learned a lot.  Thanks to you and to your staff.  --Brian Annulis

MASTER’S BASKETBALL PRACTICE

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Masters Hoops class.  It was very well run and I definitely looked forward to playing every week.  It was a great workout and really fun.  Great drills, great group of guys.  Thanks for running it. 

--Greg Wallman

Appreciate all you've done for me and my game.  Has been lots of fun and by far the best run I've gotten in out here.

--Devin Griffen

 I have enjoyed your program, and certainly have learned a ton. I will certainly continue the program in the next session, so please let me know when days are finalized.

--Adam Peche

 Also, I want to let you know how much I enjoy the sessions and how good of a job I think you do. My son is only 7 months old but when he is ready (and assuming you are still in the biz) I will be sending him your way.

--Jonathan Romick

 Coach A - Workout was great, but better was thinking about my 2 year old son everytime you lectured.  Was really terrific. Love the concept.

--Corey Fox

MASTER’S BASKETBALL MADNESS

 Thanks again for a top notch tournament!  I had a great time & motivated to get in even better shape this coming year!  --Jim Siwek

 I really enjoyed your event. The referees, the event staff, and especially the training staff were top notch. Please send me the names and contact info for the training room treatment staff. They were exemplary at getting me back in the game when I thought I was done. I want to send them a thank you note.

--Eric Moore

 Was a great time, and best run tournament I've been too.  --Jim Hornacek

 I really enjoyed playing in Master’s Basketball Madness Tournament this weekend!   This was a great tournament for a great cause!!!  Keep supporting the PeacePlayers International.  This was  2nd Annual 40 and Over basketball event here in Chicago, and I see it growing each year you have it!  It was absolutely the best Chicago tournament I’ve ever played in.  Your leadership, the trainers, the uniforms, and the facility were all first class!  Keep up the great work!  --Alan Wright

 PRIVATE LESSONS & SKILLS CLASSES

Jonah had his first tournament this weekend. I could really see a difference in his play. His posture, his tenacity, his "moves", (still needs some work making the shots), his confidence. All you! Just wanted you to know what a difference you made, in such a short time. Great teaching!

--Jackie Jacobs

 

I have to let you know that he loved your class. He thought the class was too hard on the first session and did not want to go back. He went to the next session, though, and not only enjoyed it but felt he really learned from you and your class.

--Melanie Hoffmann

 

PREVIOUS TESTIMONIALS

 

MASTER'S BASKETBALL MADNESS

 I thought the tournament was a huge success and look forward to playing in it next year (we have to defend) – Kenny Harvey – Bring it Back

Thanks for everything!!! you ran a first class tournament.  Word will spread on this one!! – Chuck Whitman – Captain of Champions Bring it Back

You and the whole Masters tourney was awesome too! Love the stats, video, and memories! Overall, I really enjoyed the tourney and the whole experience. You are on to something unique and worthwhile here. – Todd Tyrell – La Boca

You did a tremendous job and everyone I spoke with enjoyed the weekend. – Jerry Simon – Co-Captain Team Zico

Great spending time with you this weekend.  Terrific job with the tourney.  First class event in every respect. – Brendan Touhey – CEO Peace Players, Intl.

The level of play was very high and the Tournament was a lot of fun.  I wish we pulled out a victory, but we are gearing up for next year. – Rick Schnall – Captain of Sunday Run

You d'man!!! Unbelievable weekend. Unlike your local gym at home or at a fantasy camp, the Masters Madness tourney brought together some of the best of the best of 35+ year olds from across the nation to compete in a manner they did as kids.  Kudos to the organization, level of play and amenities. – Brian Kriftcher – Captain Stamford Peace

The 2010 Masters Tournament was the equivalent of playing AAU basketball from High School. The level of competition was very high and the venue was first class with all the bells and whistles including but not limited to “live stat streaming” so friends and family at the event could watch live on-line. – Michael Arnold – Captain LA Quakes

Thank you for helping to give me the opportunity to play this past weekend.  I am confident that I have developed some relationships that will continue long into the future. This weekend exceeded all my expectations and I thank you for that. – James Miller – Individual player on LA Quakes

Coach, you did an amazing job. The games were great the players were very solid ball players which makes for great competitive physical but CLEAN basketball. Congratulations on a very successful 1st step to a great tourney for many years to come. You are going to push me to stay in shape for many years to come. – Michael Foonberg Captain of La Boca

MASTER’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS

I thoroughly enjoyed being one of your players.  You always had the perfect mix of getting us prepared and focused, but also recognizing that at 40-plus years for most of us we could not necessarily execute the way we did 20 years ago.  I think that is an amazing skill you possess.
Eric Kriftcher – player on 2009 World Maccabiah Team

I had a great time and enjoyed playing for you. I appreciate how much you believed in me and allowed me to grow as a player.
Marc Jacobs – player on 2009 World Maccabiah Team

David, you are a leader. Taking the helm of a ship with 12 "headstrong" players" is not an easy thing to do. You once again made it look easy. I know it wasn't. It was an honor playing for you.
Marty Applebaum – player on 2009 World Maccabiah Team

HOOPS EDUCATION BASKETBALL CAMPS

I wanted to thank you for organizing and running a great basketball camp. My son was hesitant to go Monday morning, both from the perspective of getting off the couch on a Monday but also because he said he wasn't very good at basketball and he would get teased.
It's now Thursday morning and although the wii might still win out over hoops in a draw, he was awarded camper of the day (twice!) and comes home each day smiling.
Mother of Hoops Education Basketball Camper

As a former camper myself, I can say that part of who I am is because of this camp and I love being able to come back and teach these kids every summer.

Ben Johnson - Current Hoops Education Basketball Camp Coach

I just wanted to send a note letting you know how much our son, Will Arndt, enjoyed the camp at Windy City.  He and his buddies had a great time and really enjoyed the structure of the days and the variety of events that kept them all engaged.
Tom Arndt – Father of camper for Hoops Education Basketball Camps

Hoops Education is such a great experience for all--we wish Tim's whole team would join in--they need it!!!
Anne McCollam – Mother of camper for Hoops Education Basketball Camps

My son DeJaun attended camp this past summer, and enjoyed himself very?much. I wanted to make sure we stayed in contact with you so that he'll be?able to attend in 2004. I appreciate what you did with my son this summer.?His game has improved as well as his attitude.
Chantel Jackson – Mother of camper for Hoops Education Basketball Camps

My children, Sean and Clare, were thrilled with your basketball camp.  We traveled from Beverly each day to attend.  I have never seen them jump out of bed so easily before.

It is refreshing to find people who are more concerned with developing good people.  Basketball has given our son Sean a confidence that he had lacked before.  His success on the court has transferred directly to his success in school and to a new found outgoing nature with his peers.  Your great coaches made our kids feel great about their abilities.  It is such a boost to a child's self-esteem.
Elaine Pendergrast - Mother of camper for Hoops Education Basketball Camps

HOOPS EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Your class has been getting rave reviews from both the kids and parents!

Laura Boehm

josh seems to really love the basketball class. if you do another round, count him in

Stephanie Widman

We are in for the long-haul.  Nice work coordinating the 8 week program.  Dylan will be ecstatic.  He is having a great time and his skills are definitely improving.

Phillip Gerber

In a world of where there is a win at all cost attitude, it is refreshing to have a program that has it’s priorities in order. David Adelman and Play Hard Hoops care about teaching the fundamentals in a fun environment.

 Every spring when our Highwood Small Fry season comes to an end, many of our parents ask me for recommendations either for travel teams or skill training. David is on my short list of true teachers of the game. Combine his expertise with an ability to make learning fun, and you’ve got the formula for individual improvement.

For 41 years, the HSF program has hung its hat on the same philosophy to prepare players for the next level. We are happy to recommend to our players with a true passion for improvement … Play Hard Hoops.

Verne Reich - Highwood Small Fry Head Coach

PLAY HARD HOOPS LEAGUES

You did an excellent job and sparked a love of basketball in my son.  He’s excited for your summer camp in June.

Suzanne Massel

Jeremy’s really enjoying this basketball program so just wanted to let you know that and thank you for putting together a great experience for the kid.

Suzanne Sitrin

Irv and I continue to be pleased and impressed with your program and our boys are having a great basketball experience this year.  They have both improved their physical basketball skills as well as their emotional ones!

Ali Kagan

Thank you for all of your informative emails along the way. We also wanted to thank you for a really fun and well run basketball league experience. Micah looked forward to going every week. He really learned a lot and we appreciate your great staff.

Ariel Derringer

Great job this season and appreciate all the time, effort and dedication towards the program and the kids!

Henry Persons

Thank you for the consistent updates. Your program is very well run. As a parent that has been involved with many other leagues in various sports, it is appreciated.

Bill Sheehan

PRACTICE COACH FOR TEAMS

You're a TERRIFIC guy, David, the way you worked with the kids and were so positive, so believe me, it was EASY to write about your people skills and your positive attitude (even when you had a bad head cold...lol).
Rich Curtin

It was a pleasure having you teach basketball to the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester. All the parents had really nice things to say about the clinic.

Sorry we will be losing you as I had hoped that you could get even more involved in our skills training.
Duane Fiedler

Sounds like a great opportunity, but can't say how sorry all at EABA will ?to see you move away.  You made all that we did 100 times ?better.  Definitely want to keep in touch.?
Joe Jessup

You are a terrific coach who has a unique ability to work with kids in the most positive of ways.
Larry Smith

 

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