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Bouncing a basketball into college

Cherie Davich | May 1, 2011, 3:29 p.m.
Reginald (Reggie) Curry coaches girls basketball, grades 8 through 12 for Baylor Youth Basketball. The administrators focus on the importance of getting into college and to see how vital it is go to college and through sports it can help them get there. Shown during a practice, Curry, right, works with Aubria Clifton, in the foreground, with Khabaizha Sanders in the background. (Photo by Cherie Davich) Photo by Cherie Davich

Basketball has always been a passion for Reginald (Reggie) Curry.

His father was in the military, so the family frequently moved around. There were many hours he spent by himself shooting and dribbling his basketball. Curry leaned in, smiled whole heartedly and said, “I just love it. I still have a passion for basketball.”

The 57-year-old coaches girls basketball, grades 8 through 12 for Baylor Youth Basketball. The organization is a non-profit that focuses on helping students transition between the Baylor Athletics Program and various levels of academic achievement.

The association may seem familiar because it was one of the featured groups to receive money from the Secret Millionaire television show. Furthermore, the administrators focus is on the importance of getting into college. They want the kids to see how vital it is go to college and through sports it can help them get there.

Curry fully respects Baylor’s mission and encourages “his girls” to further their education beyond high school. The coach has a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Dakota. He has worked as a flight attendant for 23 years for a large airline, where he half jokingly says his degree has helped him at work.

Before Baylor he coached Merrillville’s youth basketball club and its youth basketball as well as Glen Park’s Biddy Basketball.

The coach and his wife, Patricia, of 25 years, raised their two children in Merrillville where both kids graduated from high school. He and his wife moved to Gary last year to take care of his father’s-in-law house. His son, Anthony, 23, is a Valparaiso University exercise science student and Brittany, 21, is at Rockford College studying biology.

In high school, Curry played baseball, football, basketball, and ran track up until 10th grade. Due to another move, to another city that did not offer the opportunity to try out, he no longer played organized sports. At college he learned to recreationally play hockey. He and his buddies created a make-shift hockey rink outside in the snow.

Curry is still active; he jogs four to five times weekly for approximately 2 miles. He also lifts weights one to two times every week. This helps him keep up with coaching his winning girls’ basketball team. Every time the girls win a game, coach promises he would do “The Dougie,” a popular dance, much to the girl’s chagrin.

Curry said, “I like to see the girl’s own reaction when they win.” He is so proud of the basketball player’s camaraderie. The girls help each other with schoolwork to ensure they all get into college.

This is the most important aspect of youth basketball at Baylor is to help the kids get into college. Curry stated how much he loves when students are receptive of his knowledge.

Toi Baylor, director of Baylor Youth Basketball, said the following about Curry being an asset to the organization, “He is very professional, energetic, and articulate. Also, he is a motivator.”

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