Thanksgiving, Tryouts, Cuts, Season!

This is my most favorite time of year! Thanksgiving marks the reclamation of family and friends while giving all the praise to the almighty! The day after Thanksgiving is special to me because that marks the beginning of the high school season in NJ! Yes it is the time when all the talking, promises, pretending, is exposed by the reality of what truly is and is not! Years ago the defenders adopted a phrase which at the time signaled our arival on the scene! Today that prase is still the measurement by which all are compared! If you are a defenders player (current/alumni) and you do not recognize the phrase it’s perfectly alright. That just means you were not a part of the foundation but instead the benefactor of their sweat, sacrifice, and commitment! Their battle cry was and still is today, “It’s Time 2 Represent!” For those who have not made the necessary commitment to skill development, you will now be exposed! For those who made the commitment but did not honor the path/process, you will be exposed! For those who made the commitment and honored the path/process, you will now expose everyone else! If being great is your dream then now is when you make it happen! Let’s show all that being a member of the defenders was the best thing to happen to your game!

No excuses, just get the job done!  Best of luck to you all!

FBC Defenders AAU Club

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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