June 14, 2010 - American Basketball Association (ABA)
Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) www.abalive.com today announced that it has added the Dallas Impact to its fast-growing Southwest Division and the team will begin play in coming season. "The Southwest Division is really strong," stated Joe Newman, ABA CEO. "Right now, it appears that we'll have 10-12 teams and everyone of them could be a contender trying to unseat the SETX Mavericks as ABA Champions. Although I am sure that Steve Tucker and the Mavericks will have a lot to say about that. This new ownership group is outstanding and we are thrilled to have them as part of the ABA."
"The idea behind the name IMPACT is that we are looking to make a huge impact in our community through community service and the sports of basketball," said co-owner Brady Cooper. "Community service is at the heart of all that we do in our lives and this can be seen as my partners and I have all met through a common passion: teaching and coaching students in low-income neighborhoods."
Don R. Carter, Jr., is a native of Dallas and played on AAU teams until the age of seventeen. He has also organized and coached his own AAU teams in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. A 2009 graduate of Prairie View A & M University and currently teaches and mentors at Hampton Preparatory in Dallas.
Brady Cooper was raised in Fort Worth and while an athlete, he focused on academics while attending the University of Texas to study business. He graduated with a BBA in Management Information Services. After graduation, he joined Teach for America, an organization dedicated to creating equality in our country's education system and currently teaches middle school science at Hampton Prep and coaches high school basketrball.
Korey Mck is currently the AD for Williams Preparatory in Dallas. He received his bachelors degree from Texas A & M-Commercse. A former cornerback for Purdue University while pursuing a degree in aviation technology, his passion can be described as "impacting communities through the game of basketball is near my heart as a Dallas local. Previous experience as a player and a coach provides the foundation of the attitude that the parallels present in sports pervade in the real world game of life. They include discipline, dedication, perseverence, courage and honor to name a few. They boil down to the commitment that we as a team possess and of myself as an owner I expect no less than my best.
David R. Washington Sr. is a native of Dayton, OH, a graduate of Meadow Dale High School, where he played varsityh basketball 2 years, tennis and ran cross country. Through hard work, he earned All-cityh Player and was selected to The District 15 All Ohio/Indiana All-Star Basketball team. He earned a 5-year scholarship to the U of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and excelled academically and in sports - and was named the Ford's Athlete of the Year. His BS Degree is in Community Parks/Recreation. He played international pro basketball in Poland, Indonesia, England and Ukraine for ten years before starting work for the City of Dayton as a Youth Program Director. "My expertise is in educating, motivating, coaching, mentoring, training and developing inner city youth with basic fundamentals on and off the court and to help assist youth with the ncessary fundamentals in their academics, athletics and in making good choices in life."
For more information, visit www.dallasimpact.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817 480 8055 or visit www.abalive.com.
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