I want to be sure that I don’t miss the deadline to register for the next session. We are so thrilled with this program, it is our first time. — Diya Sharma
You guys are by far the best program.– James Warren
Victor is having a great time and learning so much. — Theresa Jagasia
He loves the leagues on Sunday so I thought maybe he can do another one. — Aylin Topalian
Brady loves it!! Thanks so much! Ron is fantastic with him and I sent him a text thanking him recently. We hold him in very high regard — Bill Fawcett
She is bummed to miss basketball, she has been having so much fun (and learning a lot!) — Sue Fedea
My husband thinks u have the best run class with the best coaches — Michelle Marsella
I just wanted to compliment the coach from play hard hoops. I stayed at practice tonight to get some work done in the corner
and was so impressed with how he ran practice. My son literally never made a basket until a few weeks ago when the
PHH coach worked with him on his form. He was so excited tonight when he made basket after basket. — Lincolnshire Parent
Noam was at practice last night (Ela) and told me how he had sort of forgotten what an excellent skills program this is! — Alison Alon
I have been so impressed, and Lex has really enjoyed and learned so much. — Bethany Hoffman
He LOVES PHH and I can’t imagine him ever going anywhere else! Thanks for making such a great program available! — Melissa Lundt
Every once in a while you see that your kid is a part of something really special…and that they are better because of that experience. This Warriors team is one such example…good boys who love basketball with a coach that inspires them to give it their all. Thank you for all that you have done for Evan…I can tell that his confidence in his abilities has grown this year as has his love for the game. We look forward to this last weekend of basketball…a bittersweet end –Allison Vilinski
I just wanted to thank you for all of your motivational and kind words to Cohen after this game. We are so proud of what he has accomplished and how hard he has worked. This is in part thanks to you and your program. –Christina Ottaviano
Thank you and your coaches. Play Hard is a very well run program! — Becky Lewandowski
Coach Umar is the best! My daughter Luisa has played the last 3 years. Your coaches do a really great job. I have been impressed since we first joined. We have done other sports programs and this is one that I will always recommend to others! — Patrice Scelzo
Lucas was on the floor at the state tournament wearing the Play Hard Hoops warmup shirt. We had a great time the boys will never forget the trip. Lucas had a lot of fun this season on the play hard team! — Mark Bailey
Trevor really enjoyed the winter league. It was a great program for him. — Liandra Day
My 3rd grader loved your winter league and your programs in general. –Denise Holtz
Thank you so much for running this league. Silas loves it, and we plan to continue in the future! –Amy & Lloyd Lam
Thank you for a great spring basketball season! Tommy has learned a lot and enjoyed playing. He will continue to practice what he learned this summer and he’ll be back next season. We can’t say enough good things about PHH! — Kristi Pozniak
Both Meredith and Nora are really enjoying the camp. It’s great for us, too, since they are wiped out at the end of the day — Elizabeth Duryea
Affectionately yesterday the coaches were calling him big man he loved it and told us all about it over dinner. He’s kind of positive nicknames add to the value of sports for kids. Thanks for creating a great environment for these campers this week. — Sam Doerfler
Thank-you again for such a great, fun, and learning experience! That is what it is all about!! He is very excited for the next camp in July that he will attend! — Renee Brosnan
He’s had a wonderful time this week, and is disappointed to miss even a minute of camp! — Jessica Reshefsky
Just wanted to send a quick note to let you know I thought the boys skills practice this past Saturday was outstanding. — Steve Gillhaus
I also wanted to add how extremely pleased I was with the first practice last Saturday. This was our first experience with Play Hard Hoops. My 3rd grade son had a wonderful time and I was very impressed by how the practice was run. I think it was great how the coaches approached the kids with expectations on listening, learning and having fun. It showed the kids they can have fun but need to do what is appropriate. I was impressed with the skills they learned, the hands on teaching and the constant rotation of activities (and coaches). They were all important and perfectly run. I look forward to seeing how the rest of the season goes and also look forward to many years with PPH – Laura Stine
First off, i just wanted to let you know that Spencer’s really enjoying PHH! — Elileen Flershem
Parker LOVES the program. He constantly tells me how much he enjoys it. Just wanted to tell you how much Parker enjoyed both sessions yesterday. You guys do such a great job with the kids. It’s exciting to imagine how much better all these kids will be two months from now thanks to all this terrific instruction. — Jeff Dickerson
I wanted to drop a line and let you know that Andy made it to the Arlington Heights A travel team. It’s all the hard work that you and PHH did that is helping him a lot. His basics are in good shape. — Chirag Maru
I am already able to see the skill development he picked up over the last few seasons with PHH. — Nick Amaro
Coach David, Caden made it to A team today. I am so proud of him and thanksful to you for all the help on him. –Yebin Zhao
Max is really enjoying the fall league, and he can’t wait for basketball camp this summer! — Becky Salache
Thanks, David. You are the best! You wouldn’t belief the difference in his play and you In part are responsible. Another David Adelman success story. Wish you could see him. Now a Rock star — Jeff Purvis
Thank you David – we owe a lot to you and the PHH coaches, THANK YOU!!! — Sandra Crew
Thanks Coach A. You greatly helped in the journey thus far! — Matt Rich
We continue to be so impressed with PHH. The kids improve significantly every week and by the end, they really can move it and play. Holden always enjoys it, has made a lot of friends through your programs and has gained a lot of skills and confidence. Thank you so much. — Jennifer Seuring
My daughter Elizabeth has really been enjoying the Fall League! — Sue Fedea
Firstly, we want to say how much we appreciate the league and classes you have at Windy City! Our son, Tanner is certainly learning ALOT and is enjoying his time. — Caroleen Wheeland
You do great work teaching and preparing the kids! — Jeanne Lentz
Thanks again for all the work you and your staff did with him during camp. He learned a ton! Loved it. He pretty much plays ball everyday in our driveway or at the park. Talks about the things he learned and works on them.– Jasan Sarantos
I wanted to send you all a thank you note for developing their skills and love for the game. Thank you! — Prachi Kumar
Morning, it went well, she really enjoyed it and we have noticed a marked improvement in her skill set – please send our thanks on to Kevin and again, thank-you for the dialogue and follow-up, much appreciated. — Kevin Cuttone
Also Gabriel loved the attitude talk yesterday and told us all about it at dinner. Thanks for inspiring them! — Bethany Doerfler
Hunter is loving camp this week. — Julie Solon
She really loved camp. And loved all coaches — Patty Vassallo
Thomas had an awesome time this week. He really likes it. He is looking forward for the summer league — Julissa Sweeney
It has been a real pleasure. You have a fantastic program. I know Jack has really enjoyed it. — Jeff Purvis
I have really appreciated the great sessions you guys do. And Coach Ron is so patient and great with the young kids. I have recommended Play Hard Hoops to a number of other parents. — Sarah Tredo
We really liked your Spring clinics. We could see Fabian’s improvement in every game. — Cristina Lopez
Just wanted to send a thanks again to you, Ron and the other coaches for another great session of Play Hard Hoops. Duncan had a great time and we really saw a lot of improvement in him. Moving him to the side with the younger kids was a great move…That really helped him get more involved in the games and boost his confidence. — Steve Kalina
Rayhan absolutely loves play hard hoops. amazing coaches! thank you guys. — Xiao Feng
That was probably one of the proudest moments of me watching him play sports, because I saw my son evolving and playing with confidence. I owe a lot of that to your group and program, and just again wanted to say Thank you. — Adam Jacobson
Great, Foster loves it! You have a great coaching staff so that is very appreciated ! –Julia Van Vliet
We thought the fall league was great. It really helped Nick transition from a summer of baseball and soccer and to get ready for the grade school basketball season. –Stephen Williamson
We are so impressed by how much the players have all improved since they started with PHH. Itâs really a great program! â Susan Stock
Chris had a great time in Fall League. â Pauline Morgan
Wednesdayâs are going great, he loves it and is looking forward to the winter session. â Dannett Mazur
I LOVED your program and tell people about it all the time. â Christa Wright
So nice to see how much your program has grown- well deserved!! â Heidi Albert
Once again, I wanted to drop a quick note and tell you how fantastic your coaches are. Holdenâs coach (donât know his name) is really so good. He is constantly directing, coaching, guiding, encouraging and giving great feedback. â Jennifer Seuring
It’s really great that you have all of these programs for the kids…I feel that Drew learned so much in the last year. Even Luke learned a lot for the short period that he did the one week summer session and he is looking forward to the winter program. â Randy Clark
They did it!!! Thanks to your help. Nathan made the 7th and Brandon the 8th grade team. I canât thank you enough. â Adam Boehm
Thanks, Dave. We really love your program and the super constructive criticism, drills, and coaching that you and your staff provide. Jackson has improved so much from your instruction (and we are hoping Alina will too) â Becky Ballard
Thanks David. Shaan is excited to play this season and I was impressed with your team of coaches. â Sunny Khorana
Thanks for everything with camp. He had a blast. â Matt Truding
Thanks for the summer camps, they have been really helpful and I hope you continue them every year, and potentially also have other camps designed around other school breaks. I will be sending him back to your program starting Aug/ September after a short break. â Chetan Dandavate
I have to say, Iâm not sure how Charley is at camp, but he really seems to be enjoying it a lot! He talked about it a ton last night and asked me to practice passing and some other drills with him, this is a kid who has never shown an interest in any sport! He may never catch up, or score a basket for that matter, but I think this camp and the lessons he is learning have been so good for him, so I just wanted to say thank you. â Beth Grant
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 â she canât wait to go back! – Paulina Caprio
He really likes your program. You do a good job teaching. Also is funâ¦.. – 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
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 Josefâ¦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. Iâm 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 â 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
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. â 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 â David Gonsky
Boys came home VERY happy â 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 canât wait for the next session. We had a really great experience this last go round. â 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 â Corey Benjamin
And thanks to you and your Winter Developmental League, Ezio is now a basketball FANATIC!!! â 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. â 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 â I love that. Awesome to see how much fun they had and how they are developing. Looking forward to the Spring sessions this week! â Jerome Nolasco
Thanks for a great season. It was a well-run league, and Nathan learned a lot. â Karen Perritt
You have a fantastic program! â Kathleen Pseja
Wilson loves it! Great program. â Kim Smiejek
We have really enjoyed the current league & feel it is extremely well run. â 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 â 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. â Brian Reed
Thanks for all the great emails, you do a nice job with this league! â 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. â Mindy Gold
Everyone has been impressed with how much Kyle has improved from your program. We really appreciate the league! â 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. â 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. â 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). â 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. â 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! â Melissa Leuck
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. âErica 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 havenât 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. â 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! â Michael Sigal
Thank u for all your great coaching techniques. He has learned a lot from you and your coaches! â Stephanie Silverman
Collin has had such a great time with PHH that we’d like to sign his sister Charlotte up for this session â Jim Kenyon
You have a great program, he has loved it! â 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! â 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. âAnne 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. â 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.âErrol 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. âMatt 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. â Neal Gold
We love your program You will see us a lot over the next few years ! âJake Olson
Play hard hoops is a great program and larry has improved a lot. âHongmei
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! â Allison Alon
Bobby had a fantastic season with you this year. Thanks for another amazing year! âJill Seltzer
I believe Erik has advanced as a player and thank you for a great session again this winter âJulie Boehmer
I wanted to thank you for a great season of basketball. I felt like both of my sons were really challenged and improved. â Carrie Kondrad
Thanks much for everything David! Both Charlie and Jay learned a lot, while still keeping it positive. âLaurie 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.âSherwin 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. âLiz 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. â Marty McManaman
Thank you to you – we love your program! â 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) â 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. âJill 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! â Mark Ditsch
The league is great! Just thought you should know that your program stand out from the rest. â 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. â 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! â Stephanie Silverman
thanks so much for everything! Jaxsen has really enjoyed this league and we have really seen his confidence grow! âLeslie 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. âBill 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. âDavid 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. âSharon 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. â Shimon Kahan
Thank you for all you do. This is a great program! âKelly Belew
just want to take a moment to say Thank You! I appreciate how organized, professional and entertaining for the kids your programs are. âLiz 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. âJoe Uremovich
Thanks again â your assistant coaches are fabulous and the boys love basketball thanks to your program. âNancy 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 âNoreen Heron
Erinâs involvement in your program has definitely helped her fundamentals & love for the game .. sheâs 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 wasnât 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. â 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. â 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! â Lisa Entin
Thanks for a great season! Jack loved every minute of it! â 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.âMike 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! â 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. â 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. â 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.âJohn 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. â 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. â 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. â 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 Iâm 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 Iâm concerned, that is the most important thing. â 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 â you have what many programs are missing, the foundational skills that kids need to learn good habits from the start! â 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. â Vic Alexanian
Thanks for a great time so far. Grant is really enjoying, and I think you are running a nice program (itâs 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. â Steven Goldsmith
I watch you with the kids each week. You are awesome. thanks againâ¦. â 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. â 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!
We (Rich and Jordan of course) will work with Tyler one on one…. He is loving being with YOU and getting SO much better. â 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.
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.
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. â David Gold
Thanks so much for making Cam feel at home. He really enjoyed it. see you in January.
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 donât 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!!!!!
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
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.
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
Jeremyâs 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.
HOOPS EDUCATION WEEKLY CLASSES â 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 â 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.
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!
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
MASTERâS 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.
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.
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.
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.
Coach A – Workout was great, but better was thinking about my 2 year old son everytime you lectured. Was really terrific. Love the concept.
MASTERâS 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.
Was a great time, and best run tournament I’ve been too. –Jim Hornacek
I really enjoyed playing in Masterâs 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 Iâve 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!
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.
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) â Kenny Harvey â Bring it Back
Thanks for everything!!! you ran a first class tournament. Word will spread on this one!! â Chuck Whitman â 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. â Todd Tyrell â La Boca
You did a tremendous job and everyone I spoke with enjoyed the weekend. â Jerry Simon â Co-Captain Team Zico
Great spending time with you this weekend. Terrific job with the tourney. First class event in every respect. â Brendan Touhey â 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. â Rick Schnall â 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. â Brian Kriftcher â 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 âlive stat streamingâ so friends and family at the event could watch live on-line. â Michael Arnold â 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. â James Miller â 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. â Michael Foonberg Captain of La Boca
MASTERâS 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 â 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 â 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 â 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 â 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 â 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 â 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!
josh seems to really love the basketball class. if you do another round, count him in
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.
In a world of where there is a win at all cost attitude, it is refreshing to have a program that has itâs 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 youâve 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 â¦ 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. Heâs excited for your summer camp in June.
Jeremyâs 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.
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!
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.
Great job this season and appreciate all the time, effort and dedication towards the program and the kids!
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.
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).
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.
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.?
You are a terrific coach who has a unique ability to work with kids in the most positive of ways.