Grand Haven Basics

Newtown love

"We are excited to have you and Basketball Basics back at the Newtown Youth Academy. Please let me know if there's anything we can do to assist."  

  • Dorrie Carolan
  • Executive Director
  • Newtown Youth Academy

Newtown Youth Academy

Wonderful Outside The Lines ESPN report (3:00) about the new normal in Newtown, CT

Newtown Contact

  • Dorrie Carolan
  • Executive Director    

Michigan Contact

  • Coach Jim McGannon:  616 402-1600 

Head Shot

Coach McGannon was born and raised in Norwalk, Ct, attended Fairfield Prep and then Dartmouth College where he played basketball and golf. The events of December 2012 in Newtown created a desire within his organization, Basketball Basics, to give back, lend a hand, show support, show up and be involved.  We are excited beyond words to share with Newtown's youth basketball players strong fundamental skill development assisted by the terrific Yale University and Fairfield University's Mens basketball programs.

Dartmouth photo 

The Newtown Youth Academy (NYA) Sports and Fitness develops and hosts free and affordable programming that inspire and help the Newtown community to move forward. Basics encourages you to support these efforts by donating to their cause.  All donations are tax deductible, use this number for your taxes: 

  • 45-0547484

Mail donations to:

  • Newtown Youth Academy Sports/Fitness
  • 4 Primrose Street
  • Newtown, CT    06470 
  • attn: Dorrie Carolan

Or you may drop off any donation in the Basics gym.  A donation box is present in the gym 

Many thanks to  Grand Rapids based The Screen Print Dept  for their donation to Newtown's kids, see their design below!! Way to go Michiganders!!

The Screen Print Dept

We are looking for donations to assist us again in 2015, please call Coach McGannon at 616 402-1600.  

Holmes u-10 

2013 WIBL w-Kate-Jim

MS Boys Weds at Maranatha2 

ACB Team picture

Camps 5-6 Grade #2 


We are excited to return again this December to Newtown. Michigan families can assist, please inquire. December 27 and 28, 2015

Newtown 2015 

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Basketball Basics was blessed with the opportunity to run basketball training in Newtown, CT in December 2013 and 2014.  Coach McGannon grew up in nearby Norwalk, CT, attended high school at Fairfield Prep and played many times in Newtown and Sandy Hook as a youth.  Since the tragic events of 2012, we have wanted to participate in some manner, giving back whatever it is we can in support of that community.  Many thanks go out to the Newtown Youth Academy's directors, Cody Foss and Dorrie Carolan, who spearheaded and approved Basics participation.  

Michigan Families: how can you help?

  1. Assist Basics with travel expenses (We donate all services and time)
  2. Donate to NYA, see left hand navigation
  3. Help with shirts!  We didn't bring any in 2014, hopefully we can get a donation for 2015.
  4. Come with us! 

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Many Michigan families also participated, donating money to Newtown's youth programming and simply being supportive while we were away.  Given how busy our Michigan instructional calander is, there were some inevitable dropped balls, missed classes, incorrect rosters.  Every single parent was supportive and patient in this endeavor.  A heartfelt thanks goes out to you.

Our Michigan kids send LOVE and ART to our Newtown  friends!!

Newtown Wecolme 

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Please also note I believe our participation in Newtown is a strong example for your kids about community service and giving of yourself to those in need.  We hope in 2014 we will actually have a few Michigan families attend with us!  That would be cool. 

Basics instruction is based fully on the teachings and approach of UCLA's Coach John Wooden. (why not try and copy the best coach of all time?) An appropriate comment Coach made follows.  We can't wait to return next year!

"No written word, no spoken plea can teach our youth what they should be.

Nor all the books on all the shelves, it's who the teachers are themselves."

  • Coach McGannon
  • 616 402-1600 

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Great support from the mens program at nearby Yale. 


My staff and I will be happy to attend. Please let us know how we can help.
Coach James Jones
Head Coach, Mens Basketball
Yale University 

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