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When Brian Wiley began building the DC Heat program long ago, it was basically done out of frustration.
“When I started the program 16 years ago, it was just me,” Wiley remembered. “I was training a lot of kids then, and then I would have to watch them go off to play for these travel programs. I got tired of seeing them not develop with those programs, and I knew I could help them.”
Wiley quickly proved that he could, indeed, help the young women.
“Our main goal is to get the kids as much exposure as possible to help them get a college education,” he said. “But life lessons are also a very big part of what we do. I can tell you that I had a defining moment when we had a player who we sent to play in college, and then she returned to our program to help coach. A little while later, she got a job as an assistant college coach. Nothing could make me happier than seeing a young lady go full cycle like that.
“This is about more than basketball. It’s about helping these girls go from making one step forward to the next. We are using basketball to help them discover their dreams.”
DC Heat will take another step forward this spring at the 2015 Deep South Classic, which will be played in Raleigh, NC on April 24-26. The Deep South Classic, which annually features the nation’s top travel programs, will once again have the entire tournament in one facility — the tremendous Raleigh Convention Center.