At HSBCAMPS, we are kicking off a new series on our blog called “Know Your HSBCAMPS Personnel (KYHSBCP)”. KYHSBCP is an up close and personal look into the lives of the various professional and collegiate men and women that make up our All-Star staff. Beginning our series, I recently got a chance to catch up with Antoine Hood, a highly decorated Air Force Academy Grad, professional ball player, father, and now one of the newest members of the HSBCAMPS staff.
Antoine, why don’t you give our readers a little insight on how you got involved with HSBCAMPS?
I got involved with HSBCAMPS through many of my teammates, including HSB Director Carson Sofro, who I played with in Colorado in the NBADL.
Why do you think you are so passionate about helping others and make such an effort to give back?
I feel that everyone has a responsibility to give back to others because their gifts and talents come from Heaven in which they were never ours to not share with the world.
What are you looking forward to most about this upcoming summer with HSB?
I’m looking forward to seeing the development of each camper from the first day to the last, giving them the tools necessary to continue their basketball success.
Being someone who has played ball in many different arenas all over the world, what would you say is your most memorable basketball moment?
The first game I put on a Denver Nuggets uniform and ran through that tunnel hearing the fans screaming!!!! It was overwhelming to know that I had made it to a significant point in my basketball journey!!!
A lot of the participants in our program have favorite players and guys they look up to in the league. Who would you say had the most influence on you as a young player?
I would have to say Reggie Miller because we have similar builds and he is so strong while playing the game with such passion and intensity every night!
We are always looking for good trivia questions to ask the kids for giveaways at camp. What’s your favorite movie?
Oh man! I’m just an avid movie watcher and there are too many good ones to count.
How about a favorite food?
Man these are tough. I’m a huge connoisseur of food and just love eating great tasting cuisine.
No favorite color either. I believe that each color is beautiful to the beholder.
I don’t actually believe in luck but rather that everyone is blessed!!!! Besides you make the number, the number doesn’t make you!!!
Do you have a favorite anything?
Basketball is my favorite sport, LOL!!!
Do you have any final thoughts or words of wisdom for all those kids working hard out there?
“No one knows their true potential, so let’s find it together”– Antoine Hood II
KYHSBCP With Antoine Hood – Click the link for a special video message from Antoine.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this first edition of the “Know Your HSBCAMPS Personnel” series featuring Antoine Hood. Stay tuned for the next chapter in the series when we go one-on-one with camp favorite Coach Tayron Thomas.