Robert put it beautifully when asked what prompted him to start The Basketball Movement:
“I care about developing people. I believe in serving others - maximizing potential. I love the game of basketball and I believe everyone should be a part of it. I care about families, I care about kids, I care about relationships. So many relationships are built through the game beyond the basketball court. Just, life lessons and the discipline that comes with it to prepare you for later. I do it truly because I love the game and I love being around people that want to get better.”
THE BASKETBALL MOVEMENT
When we were ready to talk, Rob could barely contain himself. He started pacing by a large window overlooking the West gym, already gushing about what his training facility provides to this part of the country.
The Basketball Movement offers intense skill development, team training, mentorship, film analysis, motivational speaking, marketing, media coverage, and national exposure.
It starts with the people. The Movement has former college athletes and pros as coaches, who are trained skill developers. Everyone loves what they do. The facility is not half bad itself, with 94 by 50 foot courts, weights, skiers, versaclimbers, concept bikes, sleds, rowers, and plenty of low impact, basketball-specific training equipment.
Everything the Movement does caters to the athletes. Robert said he wants the facility to provide "a home away from home" that inspires and gives a sense of "moving in the right direction". The facility is designed with a NBA atmosphere in mind. Rob hopes that the "urban feel" will fill a void for the area.
SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI - NEW BASKETBALL CAPITAL OF THE MIDWEST
This area has given a lot to Rob and he is excited to give back. He believes "Springfield, Missouri was missing that heartbeat ... a necessary urban feel." There is not another basketball facility like this around. Robert is thrilled to be able to be the risk-taker and leader that the sport needed in our part of the world. Rob is all in.
“We are the most cultured facility. We get all walks of life, all race, all different ethnic backgrounds, we get them all in here. We get rich, poor ... all walks of life. The basketball makes everybody equal.”
A desire to help others and grow young people with basketball and with life lessons are clear cornerstones for Rob and the Movement. As if his intrinsic motivation was not enough, Robert has other reasons that he keeps pushing forward with the Movement every day. One that I believe a lot of people in the community can identify with: fatherhood.
“I have a son. I selfishly also want my son to grow up around other leaders and be led in the right direction in this community. ”
Robert is clearly not going to slow down anytime soon. Continuation in growing skill training and the like is the clear priority, but there are always potential facility upgrades and big partnerships on the horizon.
Rob has been in talks with Gatorade about a partnership with Gatorade Performance testing and training. "Making sure players really know what they're putting into their bodies" is a priority moving forward. He would like to even add a healthy kitchen in the future to help athletes to gain a better understanding of what is best for their performance.
Robert's recent trip to Orlando focused a lot on player development, but also the amenities provided to athletes in their facility. Cold tubs, hot tubs, and small pools were a few intriguing concepts that the Movement may look into for the facility.