Magazine Founder Launches 'Jump Athletic' Youth Basketball Training Academy, Club Teams Aimed at Kids 7-16

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Jump Athletic, a youth basketball training academy and club has launched and is taking memberships. Founded by magazine publisher Brian Sacks, a devoted sports enthusiast and basketball coach, Jump Athletic is a new kind of youth basketball training and development experience for boys and girls ages 7-16. Kids will work with top-notch trainers in a fun and energetic environment. A proven entrepreneur with a knack for launching companies, Sacks started bizAZ magazine in 1997. After growing it into one of the most respected business magazines in Arizona he sold it to Gannett Co. in 2005.

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There are an estimated 41 million American kids playing competitive youth sports, and the numbers just keep increasing. Enter Jump Athletic, a youth basketball training academy and club in Arizona that has launched and is taking memberships. Driven by a profound desire to see kids develop into better basketball players and better people overall, Brian Sacks former publisher of bizAZ magazine launched Jump Athletic as a way to help kids grow into disciplined leaders with a unique confidence to guide them in life.

Founded by magazine publisher Brian Sacks, a devoted sports enthusiast and basketball coach, Jump Athletic is a new kind of youth basketball training and development experience for boys and girls ages 7-16. Kids will work with top-notch trainers in a fun and energetic environment. A proven entrepreneur with a knack for launching companies, Sacks started bizAZ magazine in 1997. After growing it into one of the most respected business magazines in Arizona he sold it to Gannett Co. in 2005. Sacks went on to start bizSanDiego, a magazine and online brand for the greater San Diego area in 2006.

"Jump Athletic represents so much more than just a basketball training academy--it's a place of overall growth both physically and developmentally for kids going through the program," said Brian Sacks, Founder and Chief Jumper, Jump Athletic. "We don't just teach basketball to kids. Instead we use basketball as a tool to teach kids about teamwork, leadership, hard work, resiliency, commitment, and more."

Jump Athletic serves boys and girls ages 7-16 through its training academy, camps and clinics. Kids will work with experienced trainers on drills focusing on shooting, defense, ball handling, footwork and conditioning, rebounding and much more. Centrally located, training will take place at Tesseract School's new middle and upper school campus at 40th Street and Shea Boulevard situated close to Phoenix and Scottsdale.

In addition to basketball training and club teams, Jump Athletic will launch a youth basketball tournament series in March through its partnership with Just4Hoopin, an organization with a 20-year history of hosting the most widely played youth basketball tournaments in Arizona.

The number of children involved in youth sports has risen significantly over the last 10 to 20 years, according to Dr. Steve Carney, a professor of sport management at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Much of the growing enthusiasm for youth sports has come from the changing way in which children play, meaning gone are the days when parents let their kids simply go out and play until dinnertime unsupervised. Unstructured play has gone by the wayside, and competitive league sports have filled the vacuum.

Jump Athletic's founder is no stranger to youth sports. Sacks started playing competitive youth sports at the age of seven in Long Island, New York and carried that enthusiasm for it throughout high school. His passion for basketball in particular, has led him to coach competitive youth basketball for the past four years. He most dabbled in sports radio on the former local ESPN Affiliate 860 AM with a radio show called Sports Junkies.

A unique aspect of Jump Athletic--not available with any other youth basketball training academy--that parents will appreciate is the club's use of technology in communicating with busy, plugged-in parents. Weekly schedule and news updates are sent via email or text, membership fees are no hassle via credit card through the club's online signup process and game highlights will be available via online video.

"We've invested in communicating with parents via technology through our website, email communications, social media and online video," explains Sacks. "We are very serious and professional about teaching basketball skills and life skills to help kids take their game to the next level and give them a foundation enabling them to succeed in life on and off the court."

For membership information or to learn more visit http://www.jumpathletic.com.

About Jump Athletic
Through its youth basketball training academy, club teams, camps and clinics, Jump Athletic helps kids improve skills and ability in basketball, learn teamwork and grow confidence both on and off the court. Launched by basketball coach and magazine publisher Brian Sacks, Jump Athletic provides parents and their kids the ideal environment for skill- and team-building. Jump Athletic in centrally located in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and offers one of the most industry-leading websites for youth basketball in Arizona.

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