Me + Impact Basketball = How I beat Michael Jordan?

by Kenny Eller on October 7, 2010

So my paperwork is off.  My hotel room is booked.

Only thing left to do now is buy lots of socks and more basketball shorts!

The next BIG STEP

On October 18th, I will take my Journey to Jordan Camp to the BIG TIME and attend professional basketball training at Impact Basketball, in Sarasota, Florida.

I will be there for one full week (18th-22nd) to train like a PRO.

I’m extremely excited and to be transparent, a bit nervous!

The Real Deal

Impact Basketball is the real deal.

They have trained everyone from Baron Davis to Chauncey Billups, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard, Corey Maggette, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Chris Bosh, Tayshaun Prince, John Wall (recent #1 pick in NBA Draft) and the list goes on and on.  (See Alumni)

As you can tell by the list of players above, I’m not their typical client.

Typically guys attending the training are looking to make a living playing basketball or at the very least get a free college education.

When I contacted Impact Basketball, they really connected with what I’m looking to accomplish here at me vs. MJ.  The gentleman from Impact who called me to discuss was almost as excited about it as I am.  His exact phrase was, “Don’t ever grow up!  I love it Kenny!”

So they are doing something they don’t typically do.  They are going to train a 33 year old guy, who was never a great basketball player, in an attempt to get me as ready as I can be to face off against the best hoopster to ever live…Michael Jordan.

I have worked on getting this set up for a couple of months now and for it to all come together, feels amazing!

The Doubt

The nervousness I feel going into this training, has actually caught me a little off guard.

Doubt of my ability.  An inability to belong in such a group of basketball players.  The thought of other players there, wondering what could I possibly be doing training at Impact Basketball.  The thought of the trainers wondering the same.

All of those doubts have put their arm around my shoulders and tried to be a friend, but I sprint forward.

I sprint forward because I KNOW I will learn!

I sprint because I KNOW they will make me better!

I sprint because I CAN NOT let doubt EVER beat me!

I sprint so that I CAN climb my peak of ability!

I sprint so that I can LIVE!

The Process

I don’t know much of what my training will consist of at this point, other than I’ll be working out around 5 hours per day.

I plan on doing some updates from Sarasota, if I’m able to do anything besides train and sleep. :-)

If you’d like to follow along daily, the best way is probably through Twitter.  (You can follow me by clicking here)

Exercise and Prayers

For the 11 days until my training I’ll continue along my workout schedule (see on right side column or click here).

If you could pray for me, I would much appreciate it!  If you don’t pray, wish me luck! 😉

I’ve included a video below to give you a better idea of exactly what Impact Basketball is.

Thanks for following along!  This is about to get really fun!

ps:  Mr. Jordan:  I’m about to get a lot better 😀

Impact Basketball Promotional Video:

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Nate October 7, 2010 at 7:09 pm

This is going to be incredible man! Wow. You are approaching it with such a great attitude. I know that everyone you meet there will absolutely love your story and what you are doing. So cool.


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller October 7, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Thank you so much Nate! I appreciate the kind words and support. I’m excited to get down there and get to work!


Karol Gajda October 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I agree with Nate. I think any basketball fan you meet will be really interested in your story. Maybe pick up some mini cards? 😉 (not a fan of business cards, but if someone asks it’s good to have something)


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller October 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Thanks Karol! I appreciate it! Hoops in Austin?? When is the last time you picked up a ball?

The cards look awesome! Thanks! I’ll have to get Bob to work up some designs for me :-)


Karol Gajda October 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Nothing to design! Just find a good photo, fill out some info, and you’re golden. )


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller October 8, 2010 at 6:52 am

Thanks again! Yeah, I was playing around with it last night. Seemed simple enough.


Kellie Kowalski October 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Wow Kenny, that is hella cool! Mr. Jordan is going to have his work cut out for him when you guys meet. =]


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller October 8, 2010 at 6:52 am

Thanks Kellie! I can’t wait!

Haha, I guess my goal is for him to think for a moment at least…this dude can play a little ball! 😉


Sunil October 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm

This is crazy cool. I’m speechless.


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller October 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Thanks Sunil! I can’t wait! Less than one week away now!!!!


Tony October 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Where was this 11 years ago!!!??? So your going to be training with H.S. kids and pre NCAA and Pre NBA guys??….. Nice Good luck, I’ll be looking in on you.


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller October 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm


Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it!

Not sure exactly who I will be training with honestly. The goal is for them to train me like they do their NBA clients, so we shall see. :-)

Can’t wait!


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