About Us
Back 2 Basics Academy is a non-profit organization known for providing unique opportunities to young boys and girls of under-served communities within New York City's metropolitan area. The Back 2 Basics program takes an approach that prepares our youth for real-life challenges and helps them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. We focus on raising the awareness and the mental sharpness of each member, and his or her ability to rationalize argument, synthesize new information, and reflect with logical action through play.    It is our goal to supply the proper reinforcement for each child to feel confident about his or her ability to display their natural talents. Back 2 Basics Academy builds on the importance of working hard to achieve results and seizing opportunities when they arise.      




The core values of what is now Back 2 Basics can be traced to when our founder, Jermaine Lloyd - Coach J, noticed that there were many gifted kids in his neighborhood that lacked direction, the basic fundamentals, and were also unaware of the many doors that basketball could open for them. 


At that time Coach J knew a lot of basketball players who played in college as well as professionally. He strongly felt that if he could get those athletes to share their experiences and journeys while facilitating basketball clinics then maybe kids would start looking for opportunities outside of their housing complex.

A good friend of Coach J, Roy Allen, was looking to do the same thing. Together they started to host outdoor clinics and formed travel teams with the kids that regularly attended the clinics and shared their school progress. Roy moved to Charlotte, NC and Coach J started and ran “Yes 2 L.I.F.E” for a couple of years.

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In 2001 Coach J was approached to partner with 3 other coaches to start the Back 2 Basics Basketball Program. For seven years B2B fulfilled the social, athletic, and academic needs of many of the inner city children in the Bronx.  In 2008 the coaches decided to go in a different direction, and Coach J continued on with a parents and volunteer supported non-profit organization which is now Back 2 Basics Academy.

Throughout the years of servicing the North Bronx, Back 2 Basics has received continuous praise, appreciation and recognition for reaching out to families and businesses in the local area and surrounding boroughs. The appreciation continues to grow as we strive to create more ways to engage with those who care for today’s youth. The program continues to grow and today yields over one hundred youth participants. Jermaine Lloyd, four elected trustees, parents and volunteers prove a solid commitment to their community in putting youth first. Back 2 Basics is empowered by old and new members who are motivated to see change within their neighborhoods.

Back 2 Basics Basketball Program


Back 2 Basics Academy was formed with a sole purpose to develop the self-esteem in young children and teen members in our communities that have been turned away from traditional after-school programs and “elite” sports programs. We focus on instilling positive influences by teaching children and teens how to go beyond muscle memory and internalize their actions to help them:

  • become more aware of their surroundings,
  • have better understanding of consequences and how they impact their personal individuality, and 
  • take control of decision-making opportunities.
 ​To become the premier sports academy and
after-school program 
for all young children
Our Staff

We have a dedicated group of parents and members in the community who sacrifice their time and energy to help the program grow. As we continue to expand, we honor every volunteer and staff member who contributes their time to help the program become one of the premier after-school and weekend programs.