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Three-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings talks about the ways basketball has shaped her life, her love for the game and the importance of great coaching in sparking the fire within young athletes. ‬

USA national team gold medalists Tamika Catchings​ and Kyrie Irving​ help share USA Basketball's commitment to growing and elevating the game of basketball through youth development national standards, coach licensing and SafeSport in this new 30-second promotional spot. Find more information about coach licensing, organization accreditation and the USA Basketball Youth Development Guidebook at usab.com/joinus.

USA Basketball Youth Division Director Jay Demings discusses the launch of the Coach Licensing Program, and the need to bring structure to an unstructured youth basketball environment.

  • Date:
    Jan 19, 2015

Franklin (Ohio) High School guard Luke Kennard, who helped USA Basketball win gold at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, will be a freshman next year at Duke University. Here, Kennard talks about what it takes to succeed.

With the help of Klay Thompson and Ryan Anderson, Coach John Calipari demonstrates the fundamentals of passing a basketball.

After helping USA Basketball win the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit and capture the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship Justise Winslow is currently playing his freshman season at Duke University (where he is teaming up with former USA Basketball teammates Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor). Even for an elite player such as Winslow, success is never guaranteed. Winslow first tried out at USA Basketball for the U16 team a few years ago, but he didn't make that squad. The experience, he says, made him work even harder. Here's what he had to say about his basketball journey and what he's learned.

USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo sat down recently to discuss the state of USA Basketball and a few other topics. Here's what he had to say.

"Basketball has given me the opportunity to make myself a better person," says Caleb Swanigan, a gold medalist with the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team. The senior from Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has already had a few interesting twists along his basketball journey, and he talks about them here.

With the help of Kenneth Faried and Greg Monroe, Coach Don Showalter demonstrates the fundamentals of rebounding.

Arike Ogunbowale has won five gold medals with USA Basketball (most recently at this past summer’s 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and Youth Olympic Games). The high school senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who will be a freshman at Notre Dame next year, recently talked about what she's learned playing for USA Basketball and how playing with confidence can raise anyone's game.