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Inspiring Conversations with Karon Bradley of The Lab Basketball Training

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karon Bradley.

Hi Karon, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Northwest Houston, and I have played since the age of five. I attended Cy-Springs High School, where I averaged 28 points per game. After high school, I attended Marquette University, where I played alongside Dwayne Wade my freshmen and sophomore year, where we earned a spot in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. After three years at Marquette, I transferred to Wichita State University in 2006 with a major in Broadcasting Journalism and a minor in Sociology. While there, I was a key part in helping the team advance to the Sweet 16 and was recognized as KFH’s Most Outstanding Defender.

Throughout my college years, I would run youth camps and private training back in Houston in the summertime, teaching younger kids the proper fundamentals of basketball. After graduating from Wichita State in 2007, I played professional basketball overseas for eight years. I played in France, Italy, Switzerland, Macedonia, Greece, Hungary, and China. I now spend all of my time devoted to my youth training program. My vision is to help players succeed on and off the court… Over the years, I have trained and coached some of the top players in the city and the country. Top High school, College, and NBA players. I now have my own basketball and fitness training facility in the Katy area.

For years I would train players outside because I was struggling to find gym space… I decided it was time to start finding space. And now I’m in a 3500 sq ft training facility. This was a dream of mine that I have been wanting to accomplish for years. I am very passionate about helping the youth not only in basketball but in life. This gym gives me the space to offer more programs for children of all ages and backgrounds. At the end of the day, basketball is just a small piece of life. Basketball is just used as a tool to help us gain an education, to help us gain discipline and a strong work ethic. Along the way, it will even help you gain some friends. I would consider most of my former teammates from college and the pros to be some of my best friends. Basketball teaches you how to work with others and to communicate better. This gym will be used for me to share all of my experiences from the game of basketball I hope it will inspire them in many ways. I’m truly thankful for this gym, and none of this would have been possible without God and the support of close friends and family.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth process. It took me years to find the space and to be in the position to be able to invest into a gym. A lot of blood, sweat and tears. But I had the help of friends and family. It would not be possible without them.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
We specialize in basketball and fitness training for all ages, from 4-year-olds to pro basketball players.

How do you define success?
I define success by being able to do the things you love to do every day. Success also has the ability to help others become successful.

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