Thomas Stephens is a native of Springfield Ohio where he earned 15 varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball. In track he won the state in long jump with a leap of 23:9 inches, which still stands as a school record today. As a standout in High School Thomas was named All State in 3 sports, and was selected into his high school Hall of Fame and voted one of the best male athletes to come out of Springfield Ohio. After High School, Thomas accepted a scholarship to play football at Ohio University and was afforded the opportunity to walk on the basketball and track teams. Thomas lettered in all three sports his first two seasons. And, after his sophomore season he decided to accept a basketball scholarship and finished his final two seasons as the point guard for the Ohio University Bobcats. Thomas and his wife Melody moved to Charlotte several years ago when a business opportunity opened up for their family in the Queen City. The Stephens’ knew that there where many players who could use their expertise and knowledge. Thomas Stephens and his wife Co- Founded Impact Players LLC Personal Skills Basketball Development Company in 2014. Thomas has coached and trained athletes for well over a decade, and is passionate about Impacting Players both on and off the court beyond the sport. “We Have Fun, Work Hard and Make Mistakes.”
How many basketball players think that because they are not scoring 20+ points a game, that they are not impacting the game? Most players do. But I am here to tell you that you do not have to score the most points to have an effective game.
If you don’t believe me, take a look at the NBA. There are players making millions of dollars and never scoring 20+ points a game. Some never even step foot on the court outside of practice. The glamour and highlighted stats in basketball is scoring, but there are so many other ways (outside of scoring) that you can impact the game.
Be a defensive stopper, a great rebounder, a leader that controls the pace of the game, or a shooter that stretches the floor. In order to be an Impact Player you must understand your strengths and weakness; play to your strengths, empower your teammates, and know your role in order to impact the game.
I believe that every role in basketball is important. Have you ever seen a player score all the points and play defense on all five players without help from his/her teammates? Of course not. Basketball is a team sport and it takes everyone on the team to fulfill their role in order for championships to be won.
An Impact Player is a player who knows their role no matter how big or small. They are relentless; they play with character and integrity both on and off the court. It goes beyond the sport.