: About Us

 

More Than Sport's (MTS) has partnered with Fresh Start Youth Service (FSYS), a 501 (c) (3) entity. Calvin Thompson, Director of Basketball Operations and has created and is currently running the basketball program. Leagues, tournaments, and clinics as well as an educational segment is available for our youth currently housed in various groups homes. With Fresh Start's mentoring program, we are using basketball as a vehicle to reach out to our at-risk youth to help get them out and keep them out of the system.

 

MTS's mission is to engage our youth in meaningful activities that teach life skills necessary for successfully completing tasks and reaching their maximum potential both on and off the court. The program works to enhance each youth's ability to problem solve and work effectively with others through athletics. MTS's instruction fosters enhanced assertiveness, communication skills, confidence, discipline, and teamwork among all its participants.

 

Participation in MTS is not based upon one's ability to pay or play, but rather on one's commitment to improvement. This commitment spans several levels, including the participants commitment to: self-discipline, hard work, respect for others, teamwork, and helping others achieve their potential. These levels of commitment require participants to look outside themselves and to reach out to others who have less,  whether that be less money, less skill, or less confidence. 

 

Currently, our at-risk youth  are coming from the following locations: Niles Home For Children, Gillis Center (For Families and Children), DASE (Developed Around Saving Everyone) House of Compassion, Ozanam School, TLC, and Paseo Academy. These levels of commitment, along with the developmental enrichment offered through the program, result in a better, more well rounded life both on and off the court for our participants. Both the participant and parents must understand and embrace these levels of commitment in order to maximize the benefits of their participation in and effectiveness of MTS.

 

Our goal is to live our mission every day, during every practice, and at every game. The long-term goals of MTS includes the ability to provide after school care for at risk youth in our community, as well as weekend and summer school opportunities. In addition to our core basketball programs, MTS envisions adding additional sports and activities. These additional programs will allow MTS to reach a wider cross-section of youth in our community, create opportunities to host a unique variety of events, and expand our community impact through enhanced operational and managerial funding.

 

MTS operates on a year round basis and will look to expand into other areas of the Metro. Our presence in the school creates a positive atmosphere for youth that have no access to the extra-curricular activities commonly enjoyed by youth in other parts of our community. MTS intentionally presses into our community, providing public speaking for schools, teams and other business organizations. We also partner with established charitable organizations collecting and donating auction items for Cancer, Alzheimer's, Diabetes and other worthy causes.

 

We offer various fundraising opportunities throughout the year such as golf tournaments, sport memorabilia auctions as well as different types of sales. Coach Thompson takes advantage of his personal friends to get items signed for auction. With some photos being in such high demand, we do have some items scanned and sold as reprints. Items are from KU, KSU, Mizzou, Chiefs, Royals, Nascar and more. All sales are final.

  
As far as the Hoop Service teams, when paying fees, you now have the option to use your credit card. Simply go to the site below and use my hoopservice@aol.com email.  
 
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Coaches

Coach Calvin Thompson was a four year starter under coaches Ted Owens and Larry Brown. As a freshman, he scored 30 points on a 15 for 20 shooting night in the post season tournament. As a sophomore, he led the Big-8 in free throw percentage by shooting 92%. He set KU's record for the most consecutive free throws with 33 in a row which stood for 21 years. He was 2nd team All Big-8 in 1983 and 1984, and a member of the Big-8 tournament champions in 1984 and 1986. His teams played in the NCAA tournament in 1984, 1985, and 1986. During his senior year, he advanced to the Final Four with teammates Danny Manning, Ron Kellogg, Cedric Hunter, and others. Named to the NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament team in 1986. Named to the preseason Big Apple NIT All Tournament team in 1985. Honorable Mention All Big-8 in 1986.

 

Finished career tied for 1st for games started and games played in a season, 3rd in minutes played, 4th in scoring, 5th in assists, 7th in steals, 13th in blocks, and 19th in rebounds in Kansas Jayhawk history. Drafted by the New York Knicks of the NBA and then played two seasons in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) after brief stints in camp with the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and the San Antonio Spurs. 

During his 1st CBA season where he averaged 21 ppg, and 5 rebounds per game, he was named CBA Rookie Runner-Up Of The Year and he was the first Rookie to be named to the CBA's All Star Game. In May of 1987 (CBA off-season) Participated with Formula Shell in the Philippines. He averaged 42 points and 8 rebounds per game. He then ventured to France where he played professionally for two years and another five years in Israel before retiring to start up his Hoop Service basketball program. 

 

 

 

 



Tuesday, August 25
Hoop Service Alumni
Class of 2003 
Blair Waltz - Kansas
Antionette Wells - Wichita State
Chelsea Ernzen - Northwest Missouri State
Andi McAlexander - Emporia State
Ebony Haliburton - Oral Roberts University
Lauren Wenski - Pepperdine
Class of 2004 
Carolyn McCullough - K-State
Jessie Burton - Northwest Missouri State
Shana Wheeler - K-State
Megan Nyquist - Illnois
Lindsay Whorton - Drake
Micala Ureill - Northwest Missouri State
Class of 2005 
Sarah Parker - Avila University
Marie Goyette - State Fair Community College
Stephanie Gillespie - Cornell College (Iowa)
Class of 2006 
Taylor Plowman - McPherson College
Taylor Stacks - Baker University
Kelsey Slack - University of Kansas
Kelsey Jeter - University of Arkansas
Caitlin Aaron - Penn Valley CC
Lara Avery - Macalester College (Minnesota)
Class of 2007 
Kenzie Ziegler - Freed Hardeman (TN)
Cameron Roland - Cowley County Community College
Taryn Lane - Kansas City Kansas Community College
Mary Anthony - University of Missouri
Shannel Millard - Washburn University
Hillary Leigh
Class of 2008
Brianna Eldridge - UMKC
Morgan Matile - Oklahoma State University
Taylor Hanson - UCM
Mikenna Greathouse - Butler County Community College
Alyssa Rhodes - UCM
Heather Jeter - University of Missouri 
Class of 2009
Laurissa Beckman - Kansas University 
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Aerial Smith - William Jewell
Alexandria Blaurock - Northwest Missouri State
Rylie Hanson - University of Arkansas
Class of 2012
Kenzie Johnson - William Jewell
Ashleigh Byers - Cowley County Community College
Class of 2013
Sara Hanna - University of Arkansas
Jarin Braithwait - Newman University
Mackenzie Conklin - Doane College
Class of 2014
Haley Ballard - Oklahoma Baptist University
Sydnie Hanson - Baker University
Rachell Campbell - Baker University
Class of 2015