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JLT Fieldhouse, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Amateur Sports, Children & Youth, Recreational Clubs, Sports, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Coaching and Mentoring the Leaders of Tomorrow

Results: We have grown from a 4 to 5 student athlete weekly operation to an average of 50 players! We are continuously growing and the feedback has been very positive. This summer, our camps were maxed out for both the full day and half day basketball camps, and have added two new camps! We now have a half day girls camp and a half day boys camp!

Target demographics: advantaged and disadvantaged boys and girls, from ages 5 years and up

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 150 boys and girls

Geographic areas served: Coaching and Mentoring the Leaders of Tomorrow

Programs: Participating with Meals on Wheels, Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, joint summer basketball league with the J.F. Hurley YMCA and Salisbury Parks and Recreation.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Barber77

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have attended JLT for lessons and camps for several years. Not only do they learn basketball skills but Antwaun is such a positive mentor in leadership and positive behavior. The respect his students have for him is wonderful to watch as he leads groups through drills.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Coach T is a great mentor and teacher for young people! He coached my oldest from a true beginner and is now teaching my youngest, keep it going Coach T!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JLT Fieldhouse has been an awesome experience for our family. Antwan has been an excellent coach and role model for our son. He looks forward to training every week, and his confidence and skill continue to grow. We highly recommend JLT Fieldhouse!!

1 Christy Huneycutt S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

JLT is one of a kind! Whether u use them for 1:1 training or join a camp the service, support and attention to each player individually is superb!
Antawan spends numerous hours in the gym each week assisting many youth across Rowan and surrounding counties to help them improve their personal game by getting to know, understand and build personal relationships with each and every one.
Not only is JLT supportive throughout the programs they offer but also on the courts of the kids own schools. Many times u will see Antawan taking his personal time to come out on a Friday night to watch not one but several kids perform on the court, observing and providing positive feedback and input on what he saw - always looking for ways to help them be the best they can be!

Thanks Antawan and JLT for making a positive impact on Gavin, improving his game and being a great role model not only for him but for all youth of Rowan county!!

We appreciate u!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started going to JLT Fieldhouse last year and the minute I walked in the door Antwaun made me feel welcomed. He was able to point out the strengths and weaknesses of my game. Then help me grow in both of those areas. He taught me a lot of things just starting out with the fundamentals and then growing from there. However any coach can do the things I just talked about, the thing that makes JLT Fieldhouse stand out is that he cares about the person we are when we leave the gym and when no one is watching. He doesn’t care who you are or what kind of talent you have he cares about what kind of heart you have and the effort you put in. He even told us one day in camp that making you a better person is first and becoming a better basketball player is second. You can tell he puts his heart and soul in the game to help the youth grow up and stand out in society.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started at JLT Fieldhouse by going to the most recent camp. The camp was one of the best camps i’ve ever been too!! I learned so much more then just basketball. I learned life lessons and how to actual have a conversation with a coach!! BEST CAMP EVER!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been going to JLT Fieldhouse for a while now and I have learned more over a course of a few weeks then on my school team. Coach T takes the time to know who you are personally and athletically. If you don’t understand something he takes the time and makes sure you understand it. He is an amazing coach, and is worth the time coming to!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What I liked about camp is that we learned more then basketball we learned how to become teammates and not be selfishness pass the ball

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great camp/clinic to work on our characters and skills at. This has helped me become a better person and basketball player.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working with JLT has improved both my basketball skills and my personality. We are taught to improve our sportsmanship and game at the same time and go above and beyond other players.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My twins have been involved with JLT Fieldhouse for the past couple of years and it's been nothing but poistive and encouraging encounters. A hard core structure of fundamentals, accountability and team work have been key lessons in all their training and it shows. Coach T's hand on approach and knowledge of the game definitely has helped keep their skills sharpened. This is a great organization and my family looks forward to continued participation in camps and lessons. It's also nice that girls programs are offered so my girls can interact with other girls their age.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

JLT Fieldhouse is such a positive force in the community that truly cares about the next generation. Coach T gives more than basketball instruction to the kids. He gives them valuable tools that they can take with them to live successful and meaningful lives. I highly recommend JLT Fieldhouse to any parent who wants their child to be a part of an organization that will teach them valuable life lessons while improving their skills in the game of basketball.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love JLT Fieldhouse because it’s not just basketball it’s a family and just like a family they support you and teach you life lessons. Coach T helps you set goals for basketball and for life, as well as give you advice. I have been taking lessons for just over a year and even from the start I have seen major improvement, so if you want a place where you can feel good about your game and improve no matter your level you should join us.

1 Amy S.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hands down the best camp and coach out there. This is the second week of camp that my daughter has attended and she loves it. Works hard, plays hard, learns a lot and has fun.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Landon has been working with Coach T the last 2 months and it has been the best experience for my son. In just those few months I have been so impressed with his improvement with his basketball skills but also his confidence. He works so hard at the workouts but can’t wait to get back the next week to go again. It is a great organization and I am so thankful that we have that great quality of instruction right here in Salisbury.

1 Edward H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization, and Coach T in particular, has had a major positive impact in my grandson’s life. The work they do is exemplary.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has been coming to Coach T at JLT Field House for almost three years and he has grown as a player and person. I really can't say enough about Coach. I really consider him family.

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JLT_Fieldhouse 08/01/2019

Thank you for your support! Very much appreciated! Coach T

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Donor

Rating: 5

My son has been a part of this program for about three years now. His basketball skills that has improved tremendously. He’s become a great ball handler, shooter and offender. These are skills that he learned through Fieldhouse. More importantly, he has become a great teammate and a great fit it in. This is a first class nonprofit

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JLT_Fieldhouse 08/01/2019

Thank you! Coach T

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started going to JLT Fieldhouse in the 7th grade, never having played basketball before, because of the help I received from JLT Fieldhouse, I ended up making the varsity team my 8th grade year, and already have my high school basketball program looking at me before the year has even started. Coach T is passionate about what he does, not coaching basketball players but coaching the youth to be the best people and teammates they can be. I truly cannot express my gratitude to Coach T and this organization, he had faith in me whenever I didn’t have faith in myself, and I have grown so much in terms of my confidence and mindset because of the things coach T has taught me. He is a positive role model in the life of any student he works with, he is way more than just a coach, and teaches way more than just a game

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JLT_Fieldhouse 08/01/2019

Very kind of you to share such a well thought out and heartfelt review. Means more than words can express! Coach T

1 Barber77

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have attended JLT for lessons and camps for several years. Not only do they learn basketball skills but Antwaun is such a positive mentor in leadership and positive behavior. The respect his students have for him is wonderful to watch as he leads groups through drills.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JLT is an awesome program for basketball skills and life skills for our youth! The coaches are knowledgeable and care about each child they work with!

1 Tara Smiley M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son attends JLT fieldhousebboth for private lessons and camps and he loves it! Coach T makes them want to be better people first and foremost and better athletes second. He teaches them compassion, team work, and confidence all while making it fun and exciting. I can’t think of a better role model for my child when it comes to athletics. Coach T has taught him that he doesn’t have to be the best ball player but he does have to be the best version of himself on and off the court!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have 2 sons that have attending JTL summer camps and clinics over the past 3 years. We cannot give enough high praise for this organization. All the coaches have taught my boys so much more thandr basketball. They have taught them how to be a teammate. We are grateful to Antwaun and JRJ Fieldhouse for all they do for our community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When our son came to us and said he wanted to try out for basketball we knew exactly who to call. Antwan took the time to teach the fundamentals of the sport and found a way to relate it to other sports our son has played. Antwan’s positve coaching style builds self esteem and confidence in the athletes he coaches and mentors.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is truly amazing when an organization led by an individual who devotes himself to the growth and development of our youth becomes a reality. His leadership combined with the skills of his spouse and his team of coaches and assistant coaches is magical for all participants in the program. The youth attending develop self-confidence, life skills, leadership strategies, team goals as well as basketball skills. What a marvelous opportunity for them!

1 Pippa C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Antoine and this program are everything to my 6 year old daughter. As a former college athlete myself, I wanted my daughter to learn the fundamentals of basketball at a young age and I wanted her to learn to love the game that I loved. Well Antoine ensured both of those things. He makes you work hard, he teaches in a way that a child of any age can learn and he does so with great passion. While basketball is what you go to learn, JLT Fieldhouse offers that and so much more. My daughter has become a great little athlete but even more, she has learned the value of hard work, committment, and team work—all values that will not just help her on the basketball court but also throughout her life! We love Antoine and all JLT Fieldhouse offers!

1 Joe G.3

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am a videographer and media consultant. I own my own business based in the same town as JLT Fieldhouse. So I have been around Antwaun Thompson, the founder, a while. I first met him years ago when he was a manager for the country club. He impressed me right away because he never spoke down to anyone or necessarily up to anyone either that I could tell. He spoke to someone as he found them. It is an admirable balance. And that balance is important because he is in a position to help young people find their place in the world and be the best they can be in it. On the surface it looks like a basketball camp but behind the veil it is a program about life skills. It is important for an client to know that. Going back to balance it is important for the sport of basketball but balance is important in life too. Antwaun's balance is the result of a rare mix discipline, confidence and vision rather than the all too common mix of unbalanced traits of sloth, self-doubt or even arrogance and the easy pursuit of short term gratification. The former is a solid foundation for growth. The latter is a recipe for nothing but an unremarkable life. JLT teaches the good balanced virtues. SO given a choice I would choose the route of the former and Antwaun Thompson's JLT Fieldhouse and his teachings. Therefore, I support JLT Fieldhouse and I ask that you do so too if you have the chance. He is building a better world one child at a time. Plus he and his team are really fun!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 8 year old son loves basketball. I took him to the field house so that he could develop his game. After one year he has become much more confident, a much better ball handler, and his shooting has improved tremendously. I don’t have to wake him up Saturday morning for his private lesson, he’s always ready to go. 5 star rating!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Coach T gave private lessons to my step son for over a year. It was amazing to see how much he improved not in basketball but as a person. There were days that my stepson just wasn’t “feeling it” and Coach T gave him a motivational talk and my stepson’s attitude changed during the lesson. My stepson also went several of the field house camps and Sunday open gyms. It really is amazing how well Coach T handles that many kids of different age groups all in one gym (and I’m a teacher who would not feel confident with that many different age groups). Coach T runs Fieldhouse with such a positive attitude it’s really hard for a child to leave any private lesson, camp, or open gym without a smile on their face or having learned something new!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization!! truly has changed my life, through basketball and in life. I’ve learned so much through this organization!! the people that run this are truly amazing!! definitely worth the time to check out!

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JLT_Fieldhouse 10/10/2018

Thank you Madelyn! We are privileged to have you be apart of JLT Fieldhouse and look forward to several more years of working with you! Coach T

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Client Served

Rating: 5

JLT Fieldhouse is a wonderful nonprofit. Our children have both received positive coaching that meets them on their level and challenges them appropriately. The lessons they learn apply to life on and off the court. Antwaun Thompson has fantastic leadership skills that have led to a strong and organized program.

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JLT_Fieldhouse 10/10/2018

Thank you for your kind and supportive feedback. Coach T

1 Will G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Coach Thompson at JLT field house has been working with both of my kids, a boy and a girl, for several years. He does a great job at teaching the fundamentals, but an even better job of building confidence in each kid. He really connects well with the kids. He can drive them to push themselves while keeping the atmosphere fun and entertaining.

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JLT_Fieldhouse 10/10/2018

Will, We appreciate you taking the time to provide your feedback about our programs. Appreciative also for the opportunity to work with both of your amazing kids! Coach T

1 danaleigh

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a sports photographer and had the honor of being hired to document JLT's summer basketball camps for the last two years. I have been doing this for a very long time and can personally say that not all coaches and sports programs are the same. JLT Fieldhouse is an exemplary one. Antwaun and Ashley, are truly some of the most wonderful, caring people in their field. The kids, from the youngest to the oldest are there because they want to be. I was dumbfounded at the skill level, attitudes, and willingness to learn from them. Antwaun's coaching style is amazing. He uses his coaching skills to teach them to play better basketball but to also learn life lessons. He is firm but caring and you can see that he reaches them. I really can't say enough great things about this program, but if you have been searching, stop looking. This one's a winner!

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JLT_Fieldhouse 10/10/2018

Dana, It is a pleasure for us to have you work with us these past two years to document not only our programs, but also our growth. We look forward to working with you for many years to come! You capture every aspect of our operation and we can't thank you enough! Antwaun Thompson "Coach T"

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Advisor

Rating: 5

My name is Malcolm Bo Meriwether I am a part of JLT FIELDHOUSE. My experience so far with JLT FIELDHOUSE life lasting. It's more than basketball with these kids. Teaching the kids about life and basketball is great. Being part of this program has helped me be a better person on understanding the game of basketball and kids. I would recommend everybody to get there kids involve with JLT FIELDHOUSE . PLENTY OF THINGS ON FACEBOOK TO CHECK OUT PLUS GO TO JLT FIELDHOUSE. COM TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON THIS GREAT PROGRAM.