Dayton youth basketball coach is ‘Making a Difference’

Skip Freeman, a former basketball standout at Wittenberg University, is giving more than his love for the game these days.

WHIO’s James Brown talked to the sixth-grade boys basketball coach about how he’s “Making a Difference.”

Freeman not only coaches the team at Corinthian Baptist Church in Dayton, he mentors the youths and personally picks up each of the 13 players if they need a ride to practice.

“I know how to drive and know basketball and i'm punctual,” Freeman said. “If they can understand there is a way out. Stick to it. Grind it out.”

The coach nicknamed his 1995 Ford Windstar the “Basketball Mobile.”

Freeman attended Whittenberg on scholarship and became an all-star, all-conference player, but he became academically ineligible his senior year.

He identifies with his players’ struggles to stay out of trouble and serves as a positive role model. He said only four of his current players have fathers in their lives.

“I was making bad choices,” Freeman said. “If I prevent ... one of them from making bad choices its all good, all good.”