Formed in 2005, Choo Smith Enterprises offers one of the premier basketball camps and training services in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area. Below are a few key questions and answers with Charles “Choo” Smith about his growing organization.
- What makes your training sessions so different from other basketball training organizations? Smith: As a former professional basketball player, I realize that you have to get into the head of the child. You have to determine how to motivate that child. I get into the pure essence of the child. I also concentrate on teaching them the fundamentals of basketball. I also want to develop the whole child. I also like to develop mental toughness. There are a lot of children that do not know how to handle everyday situations.
- Is the training that you have for girls the same as the boys? Smith: Yes, I believe that when you are developing a basketball player and a person involving life skills, they go hand in hand. There is no separation, everything is cohesive, whether it is basketball, becoming a doctor or whatever the occupation. I also allow the females to compete against the guys because their learning skills are enhanced when going up against stronger competition.
- What is one thing people should know about you? Smith: I feel it is my responsibility to give back to the children in Baltimore. Someone took a chance on me that lead to my success. I feel I should be able to do the same for the children I work with.
- What makes this all worthwhile for you? Smith: I am big kid at heart. I dreamed as a young child and I want the generation coming behind me to be able to dream like I did.