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Steve Pratt founded Full Package Athletics in September 2000, offering classes and basketball lessons at the Highwood Recreation Center. News traveled quickly about his unique ability to train basketball players in both individual and team skills effectively. In the winter he was invited to use facilities at the nearby Bannockburn Club for practices and training sessions, and the Full Package Athletics program was firmly established.
“We’ve developed a family atmosphere at Full Package Athletics,” notes Pratt. “I care about people and embrace the joy I get out of kids growing and giving back to the community. We help them, and they lift us up and make us better people.
“Full Package Athletics isn’t just looking for kids who are going off to college to play Division I basketball. We are looking to help every kid who enjoys playing basketball and is willing to work and learn. There are no other requirements.
“We are offering a very positive experience in basketball. The kids learn to play well. For a team to be successful, the kids must be unselfish and must think about other people. To build a championship team, it takes time, and it takes sharing the ball and playing well together. We want every kid to have a healthy experience at Full Package Athletics.
Pratt has also shown that he knows what he’s doing on the coaching floor. He stepped in to coach the boys’ basketball team at Oakton Community College in 2006. The season had begun, and the win/loss tally was 2-8. “The team was physically weak and couldn’t shoot,” says Pratt, “and they were ranked last in the league. But we worked hard. We conditioned and ran shooting drills tirelessly. They went from worst to first within a few weeks.” The result? “The team finished 20-11, was one of the best shooting teams in the league, and was conference champion.” The next year they were ranked eighth in the nation.
The coaches at Full Package Athletics are as dedicated to kids as Pratt is. “We look for positive influences in a coach, people who are good with kids,” explains Pratt. “We sometimes recruit from the opposing team, if it’s someone who obviously cares about kids.”