My name is Ryan Raddle founder of ILLBALLERZ which was started in 2013 to help players in the state of Illinois that weren't nationally ranked and have a platform/player profile to be seen free of charge by college coaches, basketball fans and parents. After helping players for numerous years get recruited and coaches find players that fit their program numerous sites and companies started coming out of nowhere. So I thought to myself there are numerous people doing this evaluating talent stuff how can I be different while still scouting/evaluating players?
If I ever move out of Illinois the existence of ILLBALLERZ might be gone for good. I didn't want that. So I sat back and thought really hard about the name and how I could help the basketball community on a national level not just by scouting/evaluating but by actually giving back as well. So I came up with two ways to define ILLBALLERZ. . .
- The ill-est (cold, nasty, great) basketball players across the country that are well known and players that aren't known as well. Up to date news on achievements, stats, offers, commits and more will be posted on social media and web.
- Support ill (mental & physical health) basketball players and coaches. We all know a player or coach that is struggling with a mental or physical illness. Those players/coaches along with their families run across hard times and those doctor visits, tests, medicines, and counselors can add up very quickly.
So what better way than to start a brand that sells t-shirts, hoodies, hats, stickers, etc. along with hosting an All Star Game that has division 1 committed basketball players come from across the country to compete and support those in need. We will not only help provide information on where to seek the help for those that have mental/physical health concerns we will also donate a percentage of the proceeds from our events and brand sales.
Mental health is becoming a big issue in today's society and we need to be there to help these players, coaches and families. We have put a link below for anyone looking to help someone or if you are looking to help yourself. The link below is Mental Health America and it will help search for locations of affiliates in your area to contact and start the process in getting help.
Not only are we here to help guide those in need of help for mental health we are here to help those families that have a player or coach in need of help physically. We know that those medical expenses can add up quick and families start up Go Fund Me's to help offset the costs, if you have a Go Fund Me please send us the story and Go Fund Me link we will review it and post it on our page to help raise the money needed for the family. If there is an issue please feel free to use our contact form.
Like everyone says the basketball community is one big family so why not give back to players, coaches, families that have had the game taken from them or need help recovering to get back out there for the game we all LOVE. At the end of the day I promise everyone will eventually know ILLBALLERZ all while changing 1 life at a time!
Its A Brotherhood! Its A Sisterhood! Its A Familyhood!
Founder - ILLBALLERZ
Jason Warner - Writer/Scout
Jamison Fausett - Strength and Conditioning Coach (view Blog Bio)