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Lake Charles basketball coach helps students develop skills on and off the court

Lake Charles basketball coach helps students develop skills on and off the court

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Thirty-year-old Ronald Dorsey, originally from Detroit, Michigan, is a former McNeese Cowboy and played professional basketball overseas for 8 years. He recently began The Ronald Dorsey Skills Development Basketball Training program, a program created to enhance basketball skill levels for Lake Area students. Dorsey says although he's helping students freshen up their moves on the court, he wants to make sure they develop life skills to use in the future.

"I push them to do their best whenever they come in here," said Dorsey, who hosts one-hours sessions in Lake Charles and surrounding areas. "I treat everybody the same, so, just stepping out that comfort zone making them feel comfortable, and helping them with whatever even if it's on the court, or on the court."

Dorsey's program is catered for local girls and boys ages 7 and up. Ten-year-old Alex Johnson of Lake Charles says he dreams of playing basketball professionally and says Dorsey is getting him prepared with all the skills he needs.

"He teaches me everything," said Johnson. "He helped me like get all these dribble moves and then like he gave me all this like strength and all that."

His mom, Tonja, says Dorsey's work is even reflecting at home.

"He's more structured when he's involved in other activities like sports," she said. "So, it's helping him do better in school, and he's more focused in school."

Heather Naegele, whose son, Noah, is a part of Dorsey's program, says her son is a bit on the shy side and says the program and training have helped him get out of his shell.

"He's meeting new boys and girls, and making friends with new people which kind of helped build his confidence up," said Naegele. "If he's good with people he's never met, it'll help him be even better with people he already knows."

Dorsey says with his experience, he simply wants to give back to the community.

"I played on many different levels and many different coaches and I learned a lot," he said. "So, all I've learned, I just want to give back to the kids here and just want to see them do great."

For more information on The Ronald Dorsey Skills Development Basketball Training program, CLICK HERE.

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