BRHHM's Story

BRHHM's background reflects that of many young urban youth. With both of his parents incarcerated the majority of his life, BRHHM has admittedly tumbled through the coming of ages, fallen, and picked himself back up numerous times.  Through basketball and other outlets he proved that sacrifice has its rewards.  BRHHM is a 5 time high school varsity MVP recipient whose jersey is retired in the State of Texas at Ambassadors of Christ Christian Academy.  BRHHM received offers from top schools such as the University of North Carolina & Baylor University.  He accepted a partial scholarship to Texas Christian University (TCU).  TCU was BRHHM's choice with 1 simple deciding factor, the school was in his backyard.  His time at TCU was short-lived  due to financial constraints, and so he progressed his life to become a professional gospel musician.  Basketball had always been 1 of God's gifts for him and his love for the game undoubtedly pulled him back into competitive sports.  BRHHM enrolled himself into the school of the "Great Debaters" Wiley College (NAIA D1), where he had his next shot on the court.  Again, not seizing opportunity, BRHHM ultimately withdrew from Wiley, leaving behind jazz band and basketball scholarships for a life of pickup games in the streets of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.  At age 20, life had already swallowed up a high school superstar basketball player, rendering him homeless and financially strained.
 

Navy Hospital Corpsman

Driving a car that had very little gas, BRHHM made a literal and figurative U-turn onto the freeway to drive himself to a Navy recruiting station.  "The fast life has very high ups and even lower downs which is all fair for a single young man, but no way could I establish a productive family into society without stability.(BRHHM)"  The Navy has been the vehicle for him to see the world, in-turn the world's chance to see BRHHM.  He attended boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois prior to 9/11.  It was in A-school training BRHHM had another opportunity to show his worth to the basketball community.  In Medical A-school, BRHHM became a known elite basketball player on the military base.  The Medical gym would be packed with spectators to watch pickup basketball.  Low and behold, 1 August night in 2002, an NBA staffer for the Chicago Bulls was in attendance as BRHHM was in rare form on the court.  That night, the Bulls staffer offered BRHHM an opportunity to workout with the Chicago Bulls practice squad; a marriage that lasted 3 weeks, ending with BRHHM's ankle-break on the court in their practice facility.  "When I went down, it felt like I was swept off the court for good & that was the last time I stepped foot on a Bulls court as a player.  I thank God for the experience." BRHHM was shipped off to his 1st duty station in a wheel chair.  In the military he terrorized intramural sports winning championship after championship, each year of his Navy career.  He always refused to play on the stacked teams of the base, instead, he played with your blue collar teams that maybe couldn't put the ball in the basket but valued his services, team-work, and positivity.  His election made for great military base rivalries.

Street Baller

He was eventually stationed back in his hometown of  Fort Worth, Texas where he continued his reign in military intramural basketball, but turned his talents back to the city.  He joined a team and won a city title.  The city title led to an Austin, Texas state final showdown in which BRHHM stepped up for 1 of the greatest overtime championships in the history of the state.   After the game, BRHHM was offered a semi-pro basketball contract from the Texas Redhawks in which he "read" and signed on the spot.  He was a sailor by day and a semi-pro ball player by night.  His run with the Redhawks ended due to contractual conflicts between himself and the organization.  "I played a lot of games at parks to promote the semi-pro team.  I can honestly say I did not like the flow of the offense, though we had freak of nature talent.  When the money started coming up shorter, so did my time there.  Lesson learned, give it at least a day and several reads before signing something."  BRHHM had nothing to lose leaving the Redhawks because undoubtedly his military transfer was right around the corner.  His next duty station was in New York City, "the street basketball Mecca".  "I was asked almost daily on the Navy base, when you get to New York are you going to the Rucker? I had nothing to prove so I couldn't say yes or no.  I could only say Rucker Park was not on my agenda. Service to my Country was the task at hand." BRHHM stayed active on the courts in NYC and his street ball style of play destined him to play with Rucker Park legends.  He spent his weekends balling in NYC's competition filled pits such as Riverbank Park, where he and the great Alimoe aka Black Widow (original And 1 mixtape legend) teamed up against hundreds of ball players.  "Playing with Al...at 1st I was star struck.  There stood a guy around my age, about 6ft 6, that could dribble like me, had been compared to Jordan, and had gone through similar tribulations as my own.  I was a nobody in the gym when we 1st linked up.  I had done my magic on a few cats before losing and having to re-sign the waiting list to play.  I'm watching Al on the winners court, and 1 of his teammates rolls an ankle.  With over a hundred people in the gym waiting, Alimoe needed 1, and he looked over, even guys he knew from playing EBC & And 1 and said 'I want him! What's ya name, Bullet? Ok, Bullet.  Come on.' I looked at my shirt and realized he was actually talking to me. I gave them game time effort and we won, then won again and again. The next week we are winning again and so on etc.  I earned my respect on the NYC courts as well as my name, thanks to Black Widow R.I.P. God bless."

From Player To Coach

After building a strong reputation on the street ball courts, BRHHM received an invite to play for the New York Knicks Lawyer League. 
He led his team to 4 straight championships but could never close the deal.  Throughout this time BRHHM would hold little mini-camps to raise money for his day to day expenses, and was always pressured by his wife to officially become a basketball coach.  At this point BRHHM had owned several companies and launched a successful entertainment career, while still at his desk every morning at 0730 for the military.  Life was extremely busy, but by a direct order from his wife and the request of parents, BRHHM accepted a coaching job in the Bronx, NY at St. Benedicts Catholic School (CYO).  He coached 3rd grade girls.  His coaching style, philosophy, and swagger turned grade school basketball in the Bronx, New York upside down.  The kids responded to him like no other as he led that team to a 1st year championship game, catapulting 3 players into their first all-star selections.  St. Benedicts Catholic school began to grow.  Parents were enrolling their kids into the school in hopes of BRHHM becoming their kid's basketball coach. 
"It was a blessing to coach those kids.  I can't lie, I caught the bug there.  I'd like to thank the school for taking a chance on me, when they could have easily had a good 'resume guy' in the position."

 


 

 

Red Bull King of the Rock

Coach BRHHM left St. Benedicts after the season due to his next military transfer.  His basketball focus was satisfied in the gym playing pickup ball in his last days of NYC life, when he received a phone call from a fellow sailor that had signed himself up for a 1 on 1 tournament in New Jersey, that in his words had, "...only 8 people playing, and they are ALL garbage! You win a thousand dollars. 
I can't be there because I'm DJ'n in ATL, but I told them you would go in my place.  It's tomorrow!"  At this point in his playing career, BRHHM was down to 1 day a week pickup ball.  He had sustained a few looming injuries, but replied,
"A free crack at a thousand bucks is worth the drive to New Jersey." I will be there."  When he arrives at the facility, the 1 on 1 tournament was nothing as described.; the gym was packed!  Players flew in from China and other countries to participate in this event.  Being that he had made the drive overnight, BRHHM signed up and took a number.  The competition was stiff, but BRHHM was comfortable in this type of environment.  He won every game in the tournament.  Every opponent he faced was almost twice his size so each player took it to the post.  The wow factor about BRHHM's game isn't his ball handling tricks, deep perimeter shooting, or even his court vision; it's his post game.  BRHHM is a 5ft 6in point guard that launches hook shots from beyond the 3 point line consistently.  As long as opponents took it to the post, BRHHM would easily win.  By the time players realized this fact, it was too late, and he had won the Red Bull King of the Rock Qualifier for the State of New Jersey.  Pictures were taken, BRHHM was interviewed, and a big check was placed in his hands on his way back to NYC.  He then learned that he was now listed as a Top 64 street basketball player in the world and he was headed to Alcatraz to battle for $20,000 and the Red Bull King of the Rock crown.  Competitors from all 50 states and 33 different countries would battle on Alcatraz to be King of the Rock. NBA, ESPN, Slam Magazine, and many sports reporters were in attendance. 

Coach BRHHM

On Alcatraz Island BRHHM suffered a career-ending reinjure that killed any idea of him continuing the tournament.  "The guy actually did it on purpose.  He apologized after the game and I'll never forget what he said, 'Hey man I'm sorry, but it's 20 thousand dollars. What else was I supposed to do?'  I could do nothing but respect that, because for me Alcatraz was an amazing happenstance to someone with a military career, signing autographs, couriered around by NBA players, and such.  For him its all or nothing with no job and mouth's to feed waiting back in his home town. 20K is more money than he would see doing anything else legal." BRHHM returned to NYC and shortly after, transferred military assignments to Roanoke, Virginia.  His wife was at it again and as soon as she touched down in Virginia, Mrs. BRHHM took the liberty of registering him as a coach for Roanoke City GSA.  "Normally, she knows I would have been furious about signing me up for something that requires commitment without my knowledge.  I was at the height of my autism awareness campaign, launching a company, & in a military inspection, but this time around I knew I had the bug so I graciously accepted the task."  Coach BRHHM led the 1 year City Rec League 5th grade girls team to a championship.  His next move was AAU sports.

BRHHM Sports

In AAU it is a rarity to see BRHHM's team in a tournament and not in the championship game.  In his 1st year as an AAU coach his team won #1 in the State of Virginia with a winning margin greater than 20 points per game.  They carried their success into the National tournament where the run ended at #4 in the Nation.  "I still feel some type of way about losing to that #2 seed.  Everyone in the gym including that team knew that my girls would beat them 9 times out of 10, but congrats to them.  At the end of the day, it only takes that 1 win out of 10 games to move ahead.  Luckily our trophies were the same. I'm proud of my girls. We'll be back!" BRHHM became widely know in the State of Virginia and neighboring states as Coach BRHHM.  He hosts tournaments, team building events, and community organization efforts powered by his love for children and sports.  His BRHHM Sports organization is centered around growth and development for the youth and a positive community outlook on life.  He continues to launch multiple initiatives & campaigns, in hopes of saving 1 life at a time.  "I don't need a major personal experience with autism to do my Autism Awareness campaign. I don't have to have a family member with cancer  to be a change agent.  I never played AAU.  My past is only a tool for a better future for all, but I don't need to go through it, to be an advocate.  I do it because, I'll be glad to."

 

BRHHM Sports  has grown to 1 of the most recognized organizations on the East Coast.  3 consecutive VA State titles, 7 consecutive VA Commonwealth Games Gold medals, 2 consecutive AAU #4 in the Nation winnings led to 2016 #1 in the Nation AYBA, #5 USA Basketball, and a plethora of accolades and achievements within our organization.  8 Hot 100 top 100 youth girls basketball players have been selected from BRHHM Sports.  Our girls are receiving interests from a variety of top Division 1, 2, and 3 schools: UNC, Cincinnati, UVA, and Wake Forest has lead the pack in 2017 Live Period basketball.  WNBA and professional women's basketball players are also trainers and supporters of our group. Though the AAU portion of our program has emerged in success, Coach BRHHM continues community outreach for those children, similar to his upbringing that may not have that AAU opportunity at their feet.  He has a partnership with Roanoke Police Department.  His relationship with RPD has many positive layers.  Coach BRHHM was instrumental in working with the Mayor and RPD to establish the Lea Youth Outdoor Basketball League for Inner City youth, a summer league program in Melrose Park that has known grown into hundreds of kids each year participating, bridging the gap between inner city youth and Roanoke PD.  Coach BRHHM has settled his life in Southwest, Virginia and will continue to build on the relationships and positive organic culture throughout our program.  His goal is to see every player to their goals.

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