Chasity Melvin Post Player Pop Up Clinic

Hello Coaches, Players,

Post Player Pop Up Clinic 

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Beast in the Paint! Get Low! Jump! Rebound! Finish at the Rim! At this skills  clinic, players focus on the fundamentals for post players playing the 4 & 5 position.  Using shooting form, footwork positioning and posture will be taught, defensively post will learn proper post defensive stance positions.   Question and Answer Empowerment Session will also be held. Competition & prizes will be given and lunch will be provided. Book & or T-Shirt will be given for those that purchase ticket online.

This is Chasity Melvin former WNBA All Star, and NC and NCSU Hall of Famer. True Sport Basketball Post Player Pop Up Clinics  have been a long term goal of mine. I look forward to sharing my expertise with young post players.

Coaches are welcome to attend. Donations and sponsorships are in conjunction with Trinity Plus Foundation  EIN # is 05-0522693. For more information call True Sport Basketball at (910)-824-9954.

 

2017 NC Sports Hall of Fame #flashbackfriday

If I hadn’t learned to love myself I wouldn’t have become the woman I am today.

I saw the pictures from the 2017 Hall of Fame event this week on Twitter and immediately started reminiscing. From a very young age I was very confident in myself despite being made fun of about my height, weight, glasses, awkwardness, tomboyish demeanor and being a preacher’s kid. Everyone talks about being themselves and I’ve always tried to be myself despite how challenging it is in this society when you’re only accepted when you’re a certain type of self.

Thinking back over my basketball journey, I have become extremely comfortable with being a spiritual misfit, uniquely awkward, goofy, happy, naively optimistic,introverted, imperfect,weird,beautiful black woman. I had to study and learn more about my belief in my spiritual ideal “Jesus” and my attitudes towards my success and my failures, my love for the law of attraction and spirituality in general. You can find out more about my journey in my book At The End of the Day. Although this learning process is ongoing, it’s surreal to become a part of the state of North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame at this point in my life. I’m very proud of my accomplishments but I know that I can do more.

Photographed by Nic Davidson. North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Thursday Media and Reception. STRAWBRIDGE STUDIOS INCORPORATED. North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. David Crandall. Bobby Guthrie. Don Fish. 05.04.17
It’s always a rewarding feeling to make your Dad proud.

It is very humbling to be chosen to join other great coaches and players that I idolized and dreamed of playing for or against as a young athlete. I appreciate this honor and the opportunity to go down in history. This award is special not just for me but everyone that has supported me over the years. It is such an incredible honor to be recognized in your home state and make your Dad proud.

Click here to check out my Hall of Fame speech To go directly to my speech fast forward to the 47 minute mark.

Again don’t forget to purchase  my book. I believe it’s a graduation gift for young adults. The cost is $16 and for the month of June you will receive a free arm band.

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“At The End of The Day” My Why?

Today is an exciting day for me. I’m finally publishing my first book, “At The End of The Day” a devotional memoir. The self publishing journey has been filled with trepidation, distractions, fear, excitement, sadness, anger, and every emotional word that you can think of. I finished the book in 2014, but couldn’t “get out of my own way” to publish it. Many close to me thought it was fear keeping me from doing what I needed to do, and although I battled fear writing the book and going through the editing process, fear isn’t what kept me from publishing it. It was my selfishness. It was me wanting to just be me in my own little world and my need to keep my personal life private.

From a very young age I was very confident in myself despite being made fun of about my height, weight, glasses, awkwardness, tomboyish demeanor and being a preacher’s kid. Everyone talks about being themselves and I’ve always been myself despite how challenging it is in this society when you’re only accepted when you’re a certain type of self. As a former professional athlete, I had two personalities, the ball player and then me. The personal me. The private me. I quickly realized after letting people read the book that self publishing it would personally make me more vulnerable than I’ve ever been publicly.

My journey over the last three years has made me extremely comfortable with being a spiritual misfit, uniquely awkward, goofy, happy, naively optimistic,introverted, imperfect,weird,beautiful, conservative self. I had to study and learn more about my belief in my spiritual ideal “Jesus” and my attitudes towards my success and my failures, my love for the law of attraction and spirituality in general. Although this learning process is ongoing, I feel I can more genuinely respond to the feedback from the book and truly enjoy the journey.

This book is my personal memoir about my basketball career and how my faith, choices and life skills helped me to overcome failures, move past tragedy and disappointment and sustain success. It was written with simplicity in mind for the younger audience, who may be struggling with their spirituality, life, self esteem, choices and decisions. My hope is that the person reading it gains a sense of hope, faith, belief in themselves, love for themselves and others and most of all and understanding that God loves you no matter what.

Check out this Black History Month story from my hometown paper and learn more about this small town girl that believed in herself when no one else did. CHAS STORY BHM

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What Freedom Means to Me? Faith or Sport? #fibaallowhijab

Growing up as a young black girl, I always felt that I could never totally be free.  There were so many things that I encountered that didn’t give me a sense of freedom. Whether it was the relaxer that was clumped on my head to make it more manageable and appealing, the extreme prejudice I felt due to the color of my skin. The nonacceptance of not being “lady like” and wanting to play basketball and being made fun of for always playing with the boys stung.My nerdy glasses, above average height and awkward looks saddled me with insecurity and left me feeling discomfort in my own skin.

Growing up in the South meant racism was a part of life. A undeniable reality that you just had to work through and move past. The subtle discrimination from whites, and the scrutiny from my own race made me feel I didn’t quite belong anywhere. My people said I talked white but to me I talked like me. White people said I didn’t act black and I wanted to tell them that there was no script for being black. I didn’t have to act black I was black. I was also a preacher’s kid ridiculed when I did the so called “wrong things”.

Feeling the burden of growing up with a microscope on my faults or mistakes, I never totally felt physically and mentally  free until I stepped on the basketball court. This was my sanctuary and for two hours I would immerse myself in what total freedom feels like. I  was blessed to continue to experience  that sense of freedom in college and in the pros’. My transition after retirement was very challenging because I was searching for that sense of serenity and freedom within myself and my next career. But it was difficult to replicate, leaving me feeling intensely lonely and unfulfilled in which only my Faith in God helped me get through.

The void left in my life post retirement enables me to truly relate to what Bilqis speaks of in her video. Her journey to find herself and experience her precious freedom again struck a familiar chord in my heart.

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I’m writing this blog for  Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir who will not have the opportunity to go overseas and  experience that sense of freedom anymore because of her Faith,  and Fiba’s ban on players wearing the Hijab  #FIBAAllowHijab  This young lady’s story inspired me because she chose not to conform her beliefs  for the sport she so passionately loves.

When I think about my own faith and how much I loved the game, I’m not sure what decision I would have made at her age. This is why I was compelled to show my support.  I want to present a call to action to all my followers and fans to retweet  and share this video to your social media platforms and help bring visibility to Bilqis as she shares her story and challenges the system that is currently denying her what she holds so dear.

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Let’s show  FIBA, who will hold  a hearing on whether to lift this ban on January 27th that the rule should be changed.  Let’s help Bilqis and other future Muslim female basketball players get the opportunity to experience that freedom and share their talent with the world, without having to give up her faith.

 

Please watch the video