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 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 don'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. . .
1. 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.
2. 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. Host an All Star Game that has division 1 committed basketball players com 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.
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