We are proud to introduce you to our Brand Ambassadors. The people that embody what we are all about. Everyday people working hard to be better each day. We believe in hard work, it's one of our core values. Sometimes it's difficult to find motivation and inspiration to keep going. Our interviews will share a little bit about how these real people balance life. “Balance” looks and feels different for everyone. Although we each define it differently, we can all attest to the benefits of a balanced life.
Meet Brendon LavenderI'm 28 years old, born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I currently live in Central Phoenix, and own a basketball training business in Scottsdale, Arizona. Basketball kind of naturally came to me. It was something that I enjoyed as a little kid. I would try to dribble the ball around, didn’t really know what I was doing but it just was something that I found joy and excitement in. I think my dad brought up the idea of putting me on a team so I could learn and play the game. My mom signed me up for the YMCA Jr Suns when I was 7, and that’s where it all began. I was fortunate enough to win some HS State Championships, play for the University of Arizona, and get a shot at the NBA. When I’m not in the gym working, I love to hang out with my son Legend. We just have fun. He’s my everything. We like to go to parks, jungle gyms, movies, eat, all that. All I do is work and focus on him. How do you ensure that you stay healthy, balanced, and at the top of your game? Having a consistent daily routine. It goes something like this, wake up and get my son ready for school. He’s a cereal type of kid in the morning so I’ll hook him up with his favorite cereal. Me on the other hand, I will eat egg whites and turkey slices with a protein meal replacement shake. I’ll take Legend to school (Pre K) and then head to my workout at Explosive Athletes Institute. After workout I’ll go pick Legend up from school, take him home and then we’ll eat lunch. Lunch is chicken, brown rice, and vegetables. We’ll hangout for a bit, have some fun and relax before his babysitter (my Step Mother Sabrina) picks him up. Then I’ll go to work from 3-8pm. My business partner Vaughn Compton and I run a basketball skills development program called Ventura Basketball(VBA). We’re based in Scottsdale, AZ, and work with all levels of athletes, from kids to Professionals. After training I pick up my son up from Step Mother and head home. We’ll have dinner (some kind of protein, brown rice, and vegetables) and maybe a little dessert! I’ll get him showered and ready for bed. I’ll take care of myself and some unfinished business and then call it day! That’s pretty much how I stay balanced and on top of my game.
Who inspires you?There are a lot of people who inspire me. Some of them I know personally, some of them I don’t know at all. I get inspired everyday very easily because I feel like everyone is filled with greatness.
Why do you get up each day and do what you do?I want to try and help people out as much as I can because I know what it feels like to need help. Being a student athlete and a professional athlete I know exactly what it feels like to go through those struggles and adversity. There’s a huge category of players who need help with the mental side of the game: adversity, confidence, and IQ. A lot of players are written off because of their lack of ability to deal with adversity, ultimately hurting that player’s skill development, but more importantly their mental growth development. I’ve figured out several key components that will help these athletes become better players and people. Some advice for someone who’s looking to get into basketball skill development:
- You need to genuinely have a passion for helping players get better no matter what level they’re at.
- You need to have a good quality team to make it all work.