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Everything you need to know about the game of basketball from those who live it every day

About Us

Roundball Stories is your guide to the world of basketball and sports parenting. Each month, our introspective and insightful newsletter will introduce you to the basketball thought leaders who are working to improve and redefine the game. 
 
From coaches and recruiters, current and former players, and all kinds of sports thought leaders, you will get first-person insights on everything you need to make sound, informed decisions for you and your child's path in the game.
 
Get insider perspectives, stories and advice on how to help your child progress at each level of the sport. Learn the game the right way, from those who live it every day. 

Who We Are

Michael J. Pallerino

Over the past 25-plus years, Michael has helped tell stories about the people, places and products in and out of the world of youth, collegiate and professional sports. As the co-founder of SportingKid magazine, he helped create a publication that still is a vital part of the content engine for the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). Through the years, the award-winning writer and editor has profiled a number of sports and business thought leaders, including Villanova's Jay Wright, Georgia Tech's Bobby Cremins, NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, legendary NBA coach Herb Brown, longtime NBA player and UNC Charlotte coach Mark Price, and many others. As an longtime editor in the sports product industry, his monthly editorials consistently garnered national attention from USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN Magazine, Sports Business Journal, BusinessWeek, among others. He has been interviewed by a number of publications and media outlets, including CNN. The husband and father of three continues to tell stories that help lead and inspire youth athletes and their parents.

Ray Glier

Ray has been a sports journalist for 42 years, the last 25 as a freelance writer and author in Atlanta. His work appears in USA TODAY, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Youth TODAY, Simon & Schuster (Howard Books), Macmillan Books (St.Martins Press), and many others. He is the author of "How the SEC Became Goliath: The Making of College Football's Most Dominant Conference" and co-author of the upcoming "4th and Goal Every Day: Alabama's Relentless Pursuit of Perfection" In addition to being able to consistently hit a 20-foot jumper, the husband and father of two sons is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, The U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Football Writers Association of America.

Tim Kolodziej

He’s played against Jordan. He’s been coached by Calipari. And he’s produced pieces on the likes of Magic, Coach K, Kareem and LeBron. You might just say basketball is in Tim’s blood. So is the written word. For more than 20 years, Tim was executive editor at the New Castle News near Pittsburgh, capturing more than 30 state and national writing awards for his columns on faith, leadership, personal growth and sports. He’s also produced award-winning sports websites called, The Bounce and Crunch, which were both on the cutting edge of the digital revolution. When he’s not behind his laptop, Tim enjoys connecting with young athletes — from elite AAU basketball talent to youngsters stepping onto the court for the first time. Since 2011, he has been director of basketball operations at Drill For Skill, a training academy he co-founded with legendary high school coach John Miller. Tim believes every child is an athlete, and every child can become a better athlete through a relentless focus on skill mastery. In 2015, the husband and father of two was inducted into the Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame.

Ross Alacqua

Ross used a strong work ethic, a capacity to learn quickly and perseverance as stepping stones to reach his goal to play Division 1 basketball at Mercer University. Ross stayed involved in the game through an internship with the Indiana Pacers and his time training youth basketball players. Today, he applies the life lessons learned though his basketball years in the technology business world. Ross had exceptional basketball teachers and mentors. His parents helped him navigate his journey, while his high school and college coaches were committed to strong fundamentals. He was also taught by many others, including Mark Price, former Georgia Tech standout and NBA All-Star, Pete Carrera, a player development specialist in New Jersey, and Kevin Cantwell. Each helped Ross beat the odds for playing college basketball. Ross provides content advisory support to Kevin Cantwell Basketball digital products, while his focus with Roundball Stories is to write pieces about his own basketball journey, and the life values learned from the game. His basketball experiences speak directly to the positive influence parents, teachers of the game and mentors can have on any player’s journey. Ross also is a contributor for Soaring Down South, the Atlanta Hawks news and opinion site by the FanSided Network, a Time Inc. Company.

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