Coach Mike started to reach out to his mentor who is his former junior college coach Ernie Carr. Coach Carr and Mike’s relationship started in 2004 when Mike attend at West Los Angeles College. They always stayed in touch throughout his career. Coach Mike would reach out to car and they would go to have breakfast and discuss basketball and life. Mike understood how important it was early on to have a mentor, so he implemented this into the Pro-Club Experience program.
We celebrated at the end of the Pro-Club Experience reflecting back on everyone’s journey in the program and gave our thank yous to all the athletes, their families, staff and volunteers. Aaron, owner of LA Cigar Lounge located in Inglewood, California graciously hosted our event giving a relaxed sports ambiance where everyone enjoyed a hearty breakfast catered by Dlo’s Kitchen.
Our guest speaker for the event was retired NBA vet and USC great Jeff Trepagnier. Coach Mike met Jeff in his playing years on the Los Angeles basketball scene. Jeff has always been an active mentor in the Los Angeles basketball Community. It was great pleasure to have him give some positive words and advice about his experience being teammates with future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony in his rookie year with the Denver Nuggets. We definitely appreciate it Jeff taking the time out of his busy schedule to have breakfast with the GGA pro club members this summer.