Sure, it's great to win a game but, in the world according to Coach Marvin "Hammer" Stevens, winning and losing take a back seat to the sheer fun of playing and the self-esteem kids develop through social interaction and academic achievement. Retired from a professional career in basketball, he has been coaching Children's Aid basketball teams, including the trophy-winning Douglass Panthers, for more than 20 years. Thanks to his expert guidance and passion for the game, the teams represent New York City's best in girl's basketball.
Hammer, along with his brother and founder of the youth basketball program, Kelsey Stevens, is dedicated to mentoring kids, encouraging them to strive for excellence and teaching them a keen sense of respect for themselves and others. The results speak for themselves: three high school seniors on this year's Panthers have won Division I scholarships, and a former player plays for the WNBA. Sport is an integral part of Children's Aid, offering year-round action, serving boys and girls ages 5-18. It's all about teamwork, fun - and honoring the game.