NFL player hosts AAU basketball team training sessions

An NFL player is using his knowledge of what it takes to reach the next level to help a Florida AAU basketball team fulfill its dreams.

Nelson Agholor, wide receiver for the New England Patriots, has teamed up with the Learning Academy of Basketball, an AAU program that’s been around since 2015, to help the kids understand what it takes to succeed in athletics.

nflA recent story from ABC Action News caught up with Agholor to share how he hooked up with the Learning Academy of Basketball (L.A.B.).

Below is an excerpt from the ABC Action News story.

“This is a rare opportunity to have all these things and have access to this training facility,” L.A.B. head coach Greg Griffith said. “(We have) access to Nelson and his knowledge.

Agholor is an alumnus of nearby Berkeley Prep and has teamed with Griffth and the L.A.B.’s athletic trainer Frank Agholor, Nelson’s older brother, to take the program to the next level.

“This year, I wanted to be more involved with the team,” Nelson told ABC Action News sports anchor Kyle Burger. “I’ve had camps. This year I want to take a roundball team and give them an opportunity to compete. Coach Griff had a great opportunity for me with the guys he had.”

In addition to the players’ on-court training, Nelson hosts the teams for strength and conditioning at his house — which has 40 yards of field turf and a sandpit in the backyard.

“He knows a lot about basketball, mostly on the strength and agility side,” Kareem Joseph, 13, said. “He’s helped me get a lot faster, a lot stronger. This place is really beautiful.”

“It’s funny they talk to me about the NFL,” Nelson said. “But, I remind them this moment is about them and not about me.”

To read the full story from ABC Action News, click here.