"ALL IN has been a great program for Jeannie. It was important to us to find the right balance - a high quality program that provided the right opportunities and exposure, but also a team-oriented atmosphere where the coaches really care about the players on and off the court. ALL IN provided all of that." - Rodger Boehm (Father of McDonald's All-American and ALL IN Alumn, Jeannie Boehm)
We wanted to send a note letting you know how pleased we were with your program for our son this past winter season. This experience for our son could not have been better. He had a terrible experience in his high school program for a multitude of reasons, and the All-In program offered him the opportunity to keep playing basketball in a positive, competitive, organized, and FUN environment. He learned more about hoops (and sportsmanship and teamwork and effort) in one short season from your program than he learned in YEARS playing in other sub-par basketball programs and teams.
The coaches were exceptional, especially Coach Kay, and the assistant coach (the Chef), and Coach Gilbert and all the others involved in the program. One of my biggest regrets as a parent is not getting him involved in the All In program many years ago. I am so mad at myself for not doing this when he was younger. Also, make no mistake as parents we are fully aware of his basketball limitations (we know (and he knows) he is no superstar), but we just didn’t want him to give up on hoop too soon as he can enjoy the sport for the rest of his life regardless of whether he chooses to play organized basketball, or not moving forward.
From our perspective, you run an excellent program and we are thrilled with the coaching, sportsmanship, culture, and FUN environment you guys create. He was pushed and he was taught and he got his self-confidence back and your program was a main reason we got our son back. He would leave the practices SWEATING and SO HAPPY, and as parents it meant so much to us.
There is nothing better as a Dad, when you pick up your son from a late night Friday practice when he comes to the car in full sweat and says “ Dad, this is fu$%&*ing AWESOME. I love this!”
- Vernon Hills Parent
Thanks so much. I owe that to your program. I wish we knew about ALL IN much sooner. The 1.5 seasons she played for ALL In made a huge difference. I am definitely not half stepping with this one. ALL IN it is for us. She has a lot of potential at her age, I think with ALL IN coaching staff and just the atmosphere with the elite type players it will definitely have an impact. - Round Lake Parent
"These are just crazy times and All In is handling it like All Stars. We appreciate all you are doing for these young ‘adults’ during such unprecedented times. Great work! These play times are invaluable for young people during stressful times." - Chicago Parent
"I know this COVID situation has been trying for your business and am extremely grateful of your generosity. This exhibits the fact that you are truly invested if our kids development and I am very appreciative of your approach." - Lincolnshire Parent
"Thank you so much for all the effort you and your coaches put into bringing some level of normalcy the last year. I know that having our AAU family/ team honestly kept him active and focused rather than tuned into all the negativity surrounding him. Kept us feeling good too being able to continue to watch these boys play." - Schaumburg Parent
"Billy, Matt & Coaches Being a part of the All In family for 4 years with our son and 1 year with our daughter we just wanted to share our appreciation and gratitude with you on your program. This season was a challenge for many, but with support and patience you did a phenomenal job! Everyone's safety was a top priority and that was evident. Credit needs to be given where credit is due. Thank you Coach Figueroa, Coach Benka and Coach Ison! The coaches are nothing shy of exceptional and talented. We are thankful for coaches that have developed our children into strong players. They eagerly go off to practice looking forward to the time with their teammates and coaches. We know the coaches have put themselves out there for our children during this pandemic and we are forever grateful. It comes with teamwork and staff to make things shine. All In Athletics shines in the eyes of our family! With gratitude." - Vernon Hills Parents
"As always, very much appreciate all your communication and support. From our family, we have felt great about the program. You all have done a great job with communication, navigating the continuum of where every family is and their comfortability, and at the same time providing a great experience for the players. I know you all are working very hard so thanks for your efforts!"
"Thank you for all that you have done to provide opportunities for our son and others to play basketball this year. I am constantly amazed at your resourcefulness and creativity as you navigate all of the changes and challenges that you have been faced with. I especially appreciate your positivity and optimism. You are both a great model and example for the ALL IN families."
"Just wanted to say “thank you” Billy. That’s probably an understatement – this is brutal from all angles. You guys have been incredible with the communications and all you are doing! Thank you for balancing the fine line of keeping them playing and keeping them safe."
"Thanks again for all you do. Somehow, some way, the All-In Team was able to keep the players working during a global pandemic. Cheers to you all for your hard work and dedication to make it a reality for all of us! We will continue to be in it with you all."
"We understand how hard this news is for everyone and how hard it is for you to share as we know how hard you all work in keeping a safe environment and how diligent you are in safety measures."
"He has had a great summer thanks to All In! Camp and travel team kept him busy and he truly enjoyed it all. It would have been a rough summer without the All In family and we truly appreciate the amazing job your team has done during such a difficult time." - Wheeling Parent
"I wanted to continue to praise the coaching at all-in, the program, your leadership and how you all have continued to manage covid while still attempting to have safe options for kids to play and be active. Coach Antwon is great and my son really likes him. He has liked everyone and they continue to encourage their past players as well. Coach Mitchem is a hopefully future coach and always encourages him and tells us too. Just great camaraderie all around. Danielle also is wonderfully helpful, patient and responsive."
"Very happy with how you were able to manage the league; practices; tournaments, etc…I was only able to watch our son place one time and he has much such strides since last session (feeder) that I was almost speechless…The first thing he asked me after Saturday was when do practices start again??? He loves Donnell…Truly…He’s done more for him personally and as a young man than anyone else in his left…My wife and I are eternally grateful…His confidence, his attitude, and many other traits he is now showing, I attribute to Coach D. Thanks to all for making the best out of a really awful situation."
"And THIS is one of the reasons you (and your organization) are amazing! Thank you. I feel so much better. Thanks for taking the time to break that down and explain and entertain a ‘Mama Bear’s’ concerns. You didn’t have to do that. But, I surely appreciate it. Seriously, though, thank you. Keep being amazing."
"All In so far, my son has been D. Thomas, C Sweat, and A Johnson. All EXCELLENT coaches and people. Thank you for providing excellent coaches/people that have helped my son at being a better player. I’ve been at both tournaments and watched all the games on live stream. Coach Johnson is the perfect combination of strict and compassionate towards all the players. I’m so glad we found All In. Keep up the great work and thank you!"
"I just wanted to say thank you for all that you are doing with AIA and developing the kids. I know it can be a pretty daunting task to run a program like this and have everyone on the same page athletically, intellectually and financially. It has got to be tough and you are doing a great job with communicating and keeping everything organized. We are happy that our son joined!" - Cary Parent
"I know I’ve told you this before but wanted again to reiterate how amazing All In has been for my son When we moved here less than 2 years ago as he was going into 2nd grade, he had never played in a basketball game before- only clinics or drills. When other parents ask me if he’s been playing for years I tell them everything he learned about playing the game of basketball started last year with All In. As I’ve said many times, Donnell is an unbelievable coach but coach Lynn and coach Antwon (and I’m sure I’m missing others that have worked with Spencer) have also really helped him with his game and given him the confidence to become a leader on the court which is truly amazing. When he played that first winter season with Donnell, he had some skills but had no clue how to actually play in a game. To see how far he’s come, how confident he is and how much he loves it is all I can ask for as his mom!" - Deerfield Parent
"Thank You so much Billy for all your hard work and persistent throughout the Spring and Summer. Helping and organizing all of the tournaments, practices, and scheduling. It was a blessing for him this Spring and Summer to be a part of the All In Athletics Program. He loved it and dramatically improved as a player and person in so many ways. Again, I would like to Thank You, your staff, and coach Rey Figueroa for all you have done for him this Spring and Summer! He is definitely looking forward to continuing his career with All In Athletics, throughout the remainder of his AAU career. " - Kenosha, WI Parent
"I just wanted to let you know to me ALL IN is more than basketball, it has taught these young men sportsmanship, it has formed friendships, and has been such a positive experience in the lives of these young men! It's amazing how the older players come in and work with the younger ones, there is just so much support from everyone! It makes me proud to be an ALL IN parent!" - Chicago Parent
"Thank you for your support. I honestly have never seen an organization as professional and courteous as ALL IN, and continue to spread the word to any parent I see." - 9th grade parent
"All In is the most professional team we’ve worked with and we believe that love is in the details. Thank you for sharing your passion and love for the game."
"Coach Tyler, I just wanted to let you know that you have made such an amazing impact on my son this summer and I wanted to thank you! He can get really down on himself and has a hard time socially. He also finds it hard to take feedback from coaches and teachers. You, however, per him, don’t order him around...you “do it with him” and you challenge him in a great way. He really looks up to you. This hands on approach is such a WIN-WIN and he loves coming to All-In to be coached by you. What a great, positive experience." - Highland Park Parent
"Thank you, Billy. We have been a part of several organizations in his basketball journey and I cannot express enough how refreshing your attention to detail, care and concern for the kids and overall professionalism is. It’s rare and, I’ve said it before, but we are blessed and grateful to have our son be a part of this program."
"I can say that I truly appreciate All In’s approach to travel basketball. Teaching the fundamentals of the game, and sportsmanship are two examples. As you are well aware, both are key to enhancing a players’ skill level as they mature and grow." - Skokie Parent
"From a parent's perspective, I want to thank you for finding creative ways to have the girls play basketball. All In is by far the best girls basketball program.
Kudo's to All In and feel free to share with anyone that your organization is making a difference and not just in basketball. You are growing leaders and providing opportunities to gain confidence. Thanks again." - Mundelein Parent
"Please accept my appreciation and thank yous to you and the coaching staff. He had a great experience. It was awesome that he could be coached at such a high level. He felt every practice was intense and so productive. In these times, it really made him smile and feel great!" -Deerfield Parent
"Thanks too for your kindness with (my son). I want you to know that the most growth I have ever seen in my son was after he started with your league. He absolutely loves playing not just aau ball, but with your league the most. Everything you stand for has become so important to us. You will always be an important part of my son's Basketball journey, and the character lessons he has learned along the way. I value that so much as his Mom. We will always support your league!!"
"Thank you all so much for accommodating us. She loves playing with ALL IN - she has played with numerous organizations and nothing compares to the professionalism and organization of ALL IN - I wish we would have found you sooner! " - Elgin Parent
"ALL IN has meant more than basketball to my son. The coaches are not only great technical teachers, but they understand each kid and motivate them in such a way that not only makes them want to be the best player they can be, but also the best teammate they can be. They inspire players to work hard on the court and teach them to develop confidence, loyalty and respect which serves them in every aspect of their lives." - Glencoe Parent
"We had an awesome experience with ALL IN this season and it is by far better than any other basketball program we have been a part of. We did not have the most talented team (our son included), but Coach Goodman really made an impact on all of these kids. They had fun and learned to play basketball the right way. Loved it!" - Arlington Heights Parent
"Thank you for all your help along the way. We have been so impressed with ALL IN and the positive philosophy you espouse which is sorely lacking in many sports organizations these days." - Lake Forest Parent
"I just wanted to tell you how impressed I am with your communication, etc. It is such a pleasure to know that we can count on you to send out information in a timely manner. Thank you for all you do!!!!" - Northbrook Parent
"Nice job building, maintaining, and growing this organization. It has made a big positive difference to our family, and I know countless others...we are pleased to be a small part of helping with our advocacy to other families and athletes.... Great you have an opportunity to present and be recognized at the regional and national levels..." - Glencoe Parent
"Thank you, Danielle. We have been so impressed over the past few years at your and Billy's dedication to opening up opportunities for groups that do not traditionally have access to opportunities to develop their games at a higher level, including players with disabilities, economically disadvantaged, and younger girls. Thank you for all that you do! Dedicated players do not always look like the traditional player, but need the opportunity to develop and prove themselves. Most programs miss this. We talk about ALL IN with parents any chance we get." - Lake Forest Parent
"It has been a great experience for him and his game has improved dramatically in that time. We truly appreciate the programming and instruction that you and your staff provide and wish you continued success in the future." - Deerfield Parent
"My husband and I were just discussing what a professional team you all are. The communication we get from you, Danielle, Miles, and Kahleaf is great. Thanks for that." - Long Grove Parent
"I thought it was a great experience for him (and the other kids). You obviously evaluated the boys well and separated them into well-matched groups, as this first game was back and forth the entire time and resulted in a 40-39 loss for his team. It was an exciting game to watch and, he told me, exciting to play in even though it was a loss. I appreciated the good coaching, the pass-first emphasis, and the general tenor of the game and the skills session, which was compete hard but have respect for the guys around you and be a good teammate." - Lincolnwood Parent
"My daughter was on the “7th Leach" team of the summer travel league and this was her best experience—and most growth—in 6 years of organized basketball." - Buffalo Grove Parent
"We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to introduce our sons to very positive AAU experience. You are correct the coaches are experienced, dedicated, and take pride in the whole development of children. We will take this experience with us now and in the future." - Palatine Parent
"We had an awesome experience with ALL IN this season and it is by far better than any other basketball program we have been a part of." - Arlington Heights Parent
"Below is a link to one of his class projects, titled "In My Evanston." The assignment was to create a video to describe your "home." Given his situation, he found it extremely difficult to create this until he realized he can associate basketball with home." - YMCA Program Coordinator
"Keep being awesome and doing the best you can do! Thanks for all you do for our family. You’re developing some deep loving ballers! As always..WE ARE ALL IN!"
"I just wanted to let you know that I think the ALL IN philosophy is great. It also has been very clear in the way my son has been coached and his whole experience this Spring season, his first time playing with ALL IN. He has had a great time, met some really nice kids, and learned a lot about basketball and sportsmanship." - Deerfield Parent
"The thing that ALL IN does very well is that you guys always seem to do the "right" thing for your players and parents. I've seen it before and this is yet another example of what your organization is all about. We could not be happier with every aspect of basketball that has been taught to our daughter and she raves about it constantly." - Northbrook Parent
"We, parents and players, have witnessed some less than ideal behavior from other programs and see how ALL IN sets themselves apart in a very positive way. Great to see!" - Arlington Heights Parent