Choo Smith “The Professional Man”

Charles “Choo” Smith, Jr

Love it: “Have a Passion for what you love.”

Learn it: “Learn what you love.”

Live it: “Live what you love”

Lead it: Be a leader for what you love.”

 

Choo Smith Youth Empowerment, Inc                                                 

Founder/CEO                                                                                                     

January, 2005 – Present                      Owings Mills, MD                               

  • Developed basketball camps/clinics                                                      
  • Developed specialized basketball skill development

Training courses

  • College recruitment liaison
  • Founded Team Choo Showcase Basketball Teams
  • Served as Head Coach for 9U, 10U, 14U, 16U and 17U Boys
  • Mentors girls and boys preparing them for their next level

(college bound or workforce entry)

  • Conducted JR NBA Cares basketball clinic during All Star Weekend
  • Created and Implemented basketball clinics in Israel and on US Military Bases (Andres Air Force Base/Fort Bragg)
  • Created and implemented a 94 Ft. Basketball Clinic for High College Basketball Recruits

 

Young 3 Basketball

January, 2017 – Present

  • Responsible for all operational procedures and implementation
  • Responsible for coordinating the daily setup/breakdown
  • Responsible for staff coordination
  • Liaison between Young3 and Major Sponsor Adidas

Professional Basketball Career

1998 – 1999 Harrisonburg Horizon

Point Guard

August 1999 – August 2005   The Harlem Globetrotters

  • Professional Basketball Player
  • Advance Ambassador
  • Media Representative
  • Dribbler

2002-2003 Harlem Wizards

  • Dribbler Over the last 15 years have mentored over 50

young ladies and young men

2002 – 2003 Vienna Basket Hounds

  • Point Guard

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE

  • Professional Basketball Player
  • 17 Years Skill Development Trainer
  • Head Basketball Coach

CERTIFICATIONS and RECOGNITIONS

  • Received 2011 Content of Character Award by Baltimore County Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs
  • Served as the Honorary Chair for Healthcare for the Homeless’ 2011 Chocolate Affair.
  • Requested to bring the Choo Smith Basketball Camp to the military bases throughout the US.
  • Received the 2011 Presidential Volunteer Services Award
  • Served as the halftime entertainment for the most recognized national high school basketball tournament, ESPN National High School Invitational (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013).
  • Recipient of the 2012 Top 100 MBE Prestige Award
  • Named Celebrity Spokesperson for International Rett Syndrome Foundation beginning in 2013.
  • HE Matters Award (July 2013)
  • Slantress Man of the Year Award (2013)
  • Accepted the position of Education and Player Development Coordinator for Maryland District Amateur Athletic Association (2013)
  • Received the Community Hero Award from Dunkin Donuts (December, 2013)
  • Jersey Dedication Ceremony- Choo donated his official Harlem Globetrotter Jersey to his Alma Mater University of the District of Columbia (November 19, 2014)
  • Received the Black Wall Street Award (2014)
  • President of the K.I.N.G Movement Baltimore Chapter
  • Elected to the Board of the National K.I.N.G. Movement Chapter
  • Inducted in the Class of 2015 University of the District of Columbia Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 2015 William Donald Schaffer Helping Others Award presented by the State of Maryland Comptroller
  • 2015 Inspiring Voices Award recipient presented by Community Law in Action organization
  • 2015 = Present NCAA COACH CERTIFIED
  • 2016 Harlem Globetrotter of the Year
  • The 2016 Key Influencer Award and selected to fly with the Blue Angels
  • Elected to the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) Task Force 2016
  • Appointed to the NBRPA’S Governors Committee in 2016
  • Appointed as the VP for the Retired Harlem Globetrotters Association
  • Appointed to NBRPA Presidential Search Committee 2017-2018
  • Jersey Dedication Baltimore City College High School
  • Shooting for Peace Ambassador 2015* Present
  • Face of Visit Baltimore Campaign extended for two more years to 2019

DEVELOPMENT OF PROFESSIONAL/

HIGH RANKING COLLEGE ATHLETES

Juan Dixon, NBA                                                     Daquan Bracey, Louisiana Tech University

Corsley Edwards, NBA                                            Timmy Bond, Eastern Michigan

Arthur Lewis, Harlem Wizards                             Khalil Richards, Siena

Terrance Whiters, Overseas                                   Raine McKeython, Stetson/ Fresno Univ

Brent Arrington, NBA D-League                          Dwayne Banks, South Carolina State

Omarr Smith, Overseas                                          Danny Shand, UDC

Antoine “Scoop” Jordan, Overseas                      Daxter Miles, West Virginia

Jaz Cowan, Overseas                                             Jordon Jones, Charleston Southern

Darrius Gilmore, Overseas                                   Kani Coles, Central Florida

Richard Johnson, Arena Football                       Justin Jennifer, Cincinnati

 

MOST PROUD OF 

College Scholarships: Over the past 17 years has been instrumental in securing over 1,200 college athletic/ academic scholarships.

Professional Basketball Placement: Over the past 20 Years assisting and negotiating professional basketball contracts for 15 athletes.

PASSIONS                                                                                                            

  • Love for God and Family
  • Working with youth
  • Healthy living
  • Education
  • Wanting others to succeed