NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — North Little Rock take their basketball very seriously. The competition the court is fierce but once a week the battle for buckets becomes a battle of knowledge off the court in Robert Upshaw's Manhood Classes.
"I think we’re at a time in our society where young men are not being told what it means to be a man. We talk about anger, how that effects a young man and where that comes from."
On the court Senior Collin Moore is the man. He leads the team in nearly every statistical category, now he’s translating that off the court. "I think for me to be a man I have to humble myself, take leadership and own up to everything I do."
These discussions are making an impact not just on the kids, but one of the best coaches in the state. 4 time state champion Johnny Rice.
"I got a box of rings that largely collect dust but those relationships that I form with KeVaughn or any player that we’ve had through here. When they invite you to their wedding or come in and show you their first born child. Those relationships right there is what it’s all about."
"Well the deal is one day basketball will end, people will stop clapping for you and telling you how great you are I want them to be great citizens. I want them to be great men of integrity. Men that are not passive and men that take on great responsibility when they leave these walls."