: 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.  



Before committing to play basketball at the University of Kansas, Calvin Thompson led Wyandotte High School to a 22-1 record in 1982 with his team being rated #1 all season. He became the first Kansas player to win The DiRenna Award given annually to the KC Metro's best high school player. He was also named twice to the All-Metro and All State teams being the first junior named as such. Finished his high school career with he and his teammates being ranked on the National scene and also being nominated to McDonald's All-American team as well as being a Parade All-American. 

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. 





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 - UCM
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
Jalen Thompson - Fort Scott
Adam Bowers - University of Kansas