Fall Recruiting Season Starts With A Bang For Defenders!

The Defenders finished up a very successful summer season with their annual celebration banquet! The well attended event provide players, coaches, families the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of the spring and summer seasons while refocusing for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. 2010 graduates are now busily working their way through the fall recruitment season as they narrow down choices for schools (goodluck all). They are feverishly replying to emails, calls, letters as well as planning their on campus visits!  September 1st marks the kick off for the 20011 graduates as emails and letters began flowing to Defenders players at 12:01 a.m. and continued throughout the day and evening! As college coaches rushed to be first contacting prospects the FBC Defenders players found themselves at the top of many coaches lists. Over the next several weeks players will be responding to coaches and gathering more information on schools. What an exciting time!

FBC Defenders AAU Club (defendersaau@verizon.net), where players go to develop their game, showcase their talents, and seize the opportunity to play at the next level!

About The Author

Coach Stone

ohn E. Stone, founded the FBC Defenders AAU Club in 1999 to provide opportunities to girls who were looking to develop their basketball skills in order to become an impact player on their high school teams. A player himself in the late 70s and early 80s Coach Stone got his start in the game playing organized basketball for Harold Galloway (wheel chair bound since graduating high school) in a newly created recreational league in Bishopville, South Carolinna. Coach Galloway would guide Stone’s basketball develop from grades 5-10. Joining the varsity team as a junior point guard, it was Coach Ennis R. Bryant that would mold this young lad into one the best point guards in the conference. Whatever contributions to young lives Coach Stone has been able to make can be attributed to the values and principles instilled in him by the above mentioned mentors. They kept him off the streets and in the gym therefore allowing him to become the first high school graduate in his household! God Bless coaches Galloway and Bryant! Education: * Master of Science, Computer Science Technology, Steven Institute of Technology, 1985 * Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Fayetteville State University (cumlaude), 1982 * High School Diploma, Bishopville High School (2 in class of 158), 1978: Collegiate Academic Honors Undergraduate: * OUTSTANDING YOUNG MEN OF AMERICA, 1982 * Who’s who Among American Universities & Colleges, 1981-82 * FENG Scholarship Award, 1981-82 * Armour Food Academic Achievement Award, 1980 * Cambrigde, England World Honors, 1979-80 * National Dean’s List, 1978-79 * Dean List, 1978-81 * Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated Scholastic Award, 1980 * Observatory Res, Adv, Bd 1980-81 * Math Club President, 1980-81 * Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Served President or Vice President, 1980 -82 * Pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Spring 1980, #1 on the line, Line Name “Computer Games” * Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, 1981 * Distinguished Service Award, Alpha Kappa Mu, 1981-82 * Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society, 1981 Achievements: * Coach of Year - Franklin Recreational 6-8 Girls Travel Team 1999 - 2007 * Franklin Township Recreation Commendation for Girls Basketball (1999 - 2008) * Founding Father of the Franklin Young Girls Basketball Parents Club, better know as FYGB Parents Club in 1999 * First WNBA Coach Of The Year New Jersey Nets market , inagural jr nba / jr wnba campaign 203, nominated to committee anonymously by Franklin Recreation in order to reward for years of voluntary service to all the township community activities for the children. (By the way, that same year a player on my team was select runner up to the finalist, that means second to national player, who is she you ask, non other than Alexis Scott. a part of one of the most dynamic duos ever to exist for the defenders. DUO! Yes the other young lady is Jacinda Dunbar, FIRST two D1 players in Defenders HISTORY! Now, run tell THAT!) * Founding Father of the Nationally Acclaimed, Franklin Therapeutic Basketball Program, otherwise know as the Franklin Thunder, so aptly name by John Stone in honor of his cousin, Darrelle Moses of Bishopville, SC who has a mental disability. Awarded Franklin Township 2 Proclamations in open session of council meeting by mayor John Clyde on November 13, 2001 for Thunder Program. * Proclaimed Franklin Township “2003 HOMETOWN HERO” awarded a proclamation at UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL JERSEY HOME TOWN HEROES banquet by mayor Willis “RICKEY” Sumter. * Proclaimed “Man Of Thunder” by the Franklin Township Recreational Department in recognition for his tireless dedication to the Therapeutic Thunder Basketball Program. * Founding Father of the Franklin Defenders, so apply named in the honor of a women who influence my life more than she will EVER possibly know. God bless you MOM. * Owner Operator of the FBC DEFENDERS a proud tradition of young lives being molded into bright, successful, productive young women. Players playing at such schools as Quinnipiac, LaSalle, Kean, Georgia Court, Spellman, College of NJ, Ramapo, RU Newark, NJCU, Montclaire State, William Patterson, etc. Yes ladies it was me. The current group of ladies in the program are ready to SHOCK the world! All because they simply trusted and BELIVED. All will see just watch these SOLDIERS Of STONE. * 2006 Youth Advocate Of The Year Award, Somerset County Youth Service Commission

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