Never Underestimate The Power Of Your Actions

As someone who has been blessed with the opportunity to mentor thousands of young men and women, I encounter daily the immense power of our actions can have, even the simple ones.  This story really hit home and I had to share.

“One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, “Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him.

He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, ‘Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives.’

He looked at me and said, ‘Hey thanks!’ There was a big smile on his face.

It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before.

We talked all the way home, and I carried his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play football on Saturday with me and my friends. He said yes. We hung all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him. And my friends thought the same of him.

Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again.

I stopped him and said, ‘Damn boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!’ He just laughed and handed me half the books.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak. Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than me and all the girls loved him! Boy, sometimes I was jealous.

Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, ‘Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!’ He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled. ‘Thanks,’ he said. As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began.

‘Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach…but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them.

I am going to tell you a story.’ I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met.

He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. ‘Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.’ I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it’s depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person’s life. For better or for worse. God puts us all in each other’s lives to impact one another in some way.”


Photo courtesy of Eric Pearce
Eric Pearce Photography

Originally written by John W. Schlatter

HSB Academy App – Let Us Know When You’re Coming!

Just a quick note – we have been getting a lot of inquiries from new and existing members of the Academy that are planning to return to training towards the end of the month.   That being said, many of you have still not logged into your accounts via the HSB Academy App or starting pre-registering for classes.  To help us keep up with availability and avoid any overcrowding we are kindly requesting that anyone that is planning to return class in the near future please log in now and let us know when you’re coming back.  Classes can be cancelled or changed with the same ease they are booked.  If you are having issues you can always contact us and we can do it for you.  Your help here is GREATLY APPRECIATED as this will allow us to continue to maintain the quality of our program moving forward.  Thank you!

-The HSB Academy Team –

Business As Usual – Academy Returns To Regular Schedule!

We’re back – thank you to everyone for your tremendous patience through Coach Carson’s recovery.  For those that have seen him, he is improving daily and with that in mind the HSB team is happy to report based on his progress the Academy has returned to a regular schedule.  Despite a few conflicts here and there, the classes will continue on a regular schedule for the foreseeable future.

Just a reminder, please continue to use your apps.  If you have not downloaded the app to your phone or have yet to start pre-registering for classes either mobile or via a computer, we ask that you please do so.  Classes are starting to fill up again and sessions participant caps will be monitored strictly to ensure we are maximizing player development and avoiding overcrowding.

As always any questions, comments or concerns please don’t hesitate.


More Availability Added To Private Lesson Schedule!

You asked, we listened – due to the increasing demand, Mike and I have added some additional weekend openings to the private lesson schedule.  Accessible via the HSB Academy Mobile App, interested parties looking for extra help this spring can log in and search for availability through the Private Session tab.

Although we typically push players to our small groups, these more individualized workouts have been ideal for those looking to improve shooting technique, position specific training, or more specialized instruction.  Availability continues to be extremely limited so for more information or to book a workout visit the HSB Academy app.  As always any questions, comments, concerns please contact our team at

It’s Official – Academy’s Mike Martinez Signs With Dordt!

Congratulations are in order – through a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and belief, HSB Academy’s own Mike Martinez is college bound, having officially signed his letter of intent to play at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa.  The Bishop Kelly senior caught the attention of Dordt Head Coach Ross Douma and his staff during an official visit last fall, and the private liberal arts school has been pursuing him ever since.

An NAIA Division II member, the Defenders have been in rebuilding mode since 2014 looking to fill a void at the point guard position, and Martinez appears to be the perfect fit.  A great student, player, and outstanding member of the community, on behalf of the  entire HSB family we would like to congratulate Mike and wish him all the best next year in Iowa.

Humbled by the opportunity, Mike took to Instagram to share his thoughts.  “I had to overcome a lot of obstacles to get to this point…” Martinez shared.  “Huge thanks to this school for staying interested in me regardless of my past injuries, and thanks to everyone who has continued to support me along this journey! Excited for the opportunity!”


Date Change – Havoc Nation Team Camp Moved To Feb 21st!

Just a quick note – the 4th Annual Havoc Team Camp has been moved from Saturday February 13th to Sunday February 21st, 2016. This camp is open to anyone that would like to improve their game, not just Havoc Nation players.

An intense one-day session, this camp will feature a series of drills and game situational training covering various aspects of the game to include: zone, man, transition offense and defense, and full court pressure. An Official Havoc Nation T-shirt will be provided for each participant. Availability is limited to only the first 24 registrations. To reserve a spot and receive a sign up packet for camp, please email Coach Quinney at with the following:

Player Name and Grade
School Name
Youth or Adult Shirt Size

Havoc Nation Team Camp Info

Date: February 21st, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Idaho Athletic Club in Eagle ID, located at 875 E Plaza Dr Eagle, ID 83616
Cost: $65

Who Can Attend:
6th – 8th Grade Boys And Girls (12 spots available)
9th – 12th Grade Boys And Girls (12 spots available)

Camp Announcement – 2016 Nampa Summer Date Released!

Just out – our 2016 Nampa Summer Camp will be held July 14th – 16th, 2016, at Skyview High School.  Please note, due to a volleyball conflict, this camp will not start until 3pm on the 14th.  It will run to 6pm that evening and then operate on a regular 9am – 3pm schedule on the 15th & 16th.  The price on the Day Camp reflects the reduction in hours.

For more information or to Register Click Here.

Morning Clinic – $105
Date: July 14th – 16th, 2016
Time: July 14th – 3pm-6pm
July 15th – 16th – 9am-12pm
Grades: K-2nd
Click Here To Register

Day Camp – $160
Date: July 14th – 16th, 2016
Time: July 14th – 3pm-6pm
July 15th – 16th – 9am-3pm
Grades: 3rd-12th
Click Here To Register

Are You Registered – Boise Summer Camps Already Over 50% Of Capacity!

After just one week of registration, we are writing to inform everyone that over 50% of the available Boise Summer Camp spots have already been taken. As noted in last weeks email, because of gym availability we have had to reduce the number of annual spots  from 400 to about 250.  This is leading to more limited space than ever before.  Remember all registrations are accepted on a first come first serve basis and once they are gone, new sign-ups will be directed to the waitlist.

All that is required to reserve your spot is $35 with no additional fees due until May 1, 2016.  Any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to ask.  For more Information or to Register Click Here.


Session I 
Date: June 20th – 22nd, 2016
Time: 9am-3pm
Grades: K-12th
Click Here To Register

Session II
Date: June 27th – July 1st, 2016
Time: 9am-3pm
Grades: K-12th
Click Here To Register

Bend Update – HSBCamps Announces 2016 Summer Camp Dates!

Although many of you have already started signing up, we are happy to report that our 2016 Bend Camp dates are now live and summer registration is open.  Please note, our these Camps have been completely SOLD OUT the last four years so it is important to SIGN UP EARLY.  Availability is very limited and registrations are accepted only on a first come first served basis.  We do have access to both gyms this year, which will allow us to take more participants however; once our sessions reach full capacity we will start reverting to a wait-list.

The Down Payment method can be used to reserve a spot (Morning Clinic & Day Camp Only) for just $35 with no additional payments due until May 1, 2016. As always any questions or comments please feel free to contact us at info@hsbcamps or 208-720-1904.

We look forward to seeing many of you on the court this summer – The HSBCAMPS Team

Elite Mini-Camp – $75
Date: July 11th & 12th, 2016
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Grades: 8th-12th
Morning Clinic – $105
Date: July 11th – 13th, 2016
Time: 9am-12pm
Grades: K-2nd
Day Camp – $185
Date: July 11th – 13th, 2016
Time: 9am-3pm
Grades: 3rd-12th

Mercer Island Update – HSBCamps Announces 2016 Camp Dates!

Although many of you have already started signing up, we are happy to report that our 2016 Mercer Island Camp dates are now live. Open for registration are our usual summer camps as well as a Spring Mini-Camp we have added to this years line-up.  Please note, Mercer Island Camps have been completely SOLD OUT the last two years so it is important to SIGN UP EARLY.  Availability is very limited and registrations are accepted on a first come first served basis. Once sessions reach capacity we will start forming a wait-list.

The Down Payment method can be used to reserve a spot (Summer Camps Only) for just $35 with no additional payments due until May 1, 2016. As always any questions or comments please feel free to contact us at info@hsbcamps or 208-720-1904.

Look forward to seeing many of you on the court this spring or summer – The HSBCAMPS Team

Spring Mini-Camp – $75
Date: March 26th, 2016
Time: 9:30am-2:30pm
Grades: 3rd-12th
Click Here To Register

Morning Clinic – $165
Date: July 18th – 22nd, 2016
Time: 9am-12pm
Grades: K-2nd
Click Here To Register

Day Camp – $250
Date: July 18th – 22nd, 2016
Time: 9am-3pm
Grades: 3rd-12th
Click Here To Register

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