Legends Spotlight: Terry Dehere, Tamecka Dixon, Adrienne Goodson

April 5, 2017

Last Saturday the National Basketball Retired Players Association hosted the latest edition of its youth basketball and mentoring program called “Full Court Press: Prep for Success”. Several former NBA/WNBA standouts were in attendance in Farmingdale, NJ including Terry Dehere, Tamecka Dixon, and Adrienne Goodson. The program travels all over the country to introduce kids to positive role models in both basketball and life.

Terry Dehere

What was your role with the Full Court Press program? I was teaching defensive drills to the kids and if I say so myself, I think I arguably had the best station if you ask the kids.

What was your favorite highlight from the clinic? One of the campers asked me during defensive drills, “Please Coach Terry, can we do suicides?” [note: Suicides consist of running to the baseline, turning quickly, and sprinting to the free-throw line on the opposite side of the court multiple times]. No one asks to do suicides! So I said ok and after one set of suicide runs she was the only kid out of her group who was gasping for water. She was exhausted. But she was the one who made the request! I found it absolutely hilarious. She completed the drill like a trooper though.

What is your coaching philosophy on the court? My philosophy is to be hands-on in instruction and detail. I like to be very demonstrative and detailed with the kids.

What do you hope that the kids get out of this great experience? I think the kids had a great experience with the players and partners. They enjoyed being able to engage and get really involved with us. We had just as great a time as the kids did! The Full Court Press program resonates with both kids and players and partners.

How has joining the National Basketball Retired Players Association impacted your life? The NBRPA is the world’s greatest fraternity. I’m ecstatic to be a part of it. At age 45, being a part of the NBRPA makes me feel like I never the game of basketball at all.

Tamecka Dixon

What was your role with the Full Court Press program? My role with the Full Court Press program was to be a representative of the WNBA and the National Basketball Retired Players Association. However, I am a former Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) kid so it always excites me to take part in these clinics knowing that I was once sitting in the same seats as the kids participating in the event.

What was your favorite highlight from the clinic? My favorite highlight from the clinic was having the opportunity to have fun with the kids in a basketball environment. It’s always awesome seeing the kids embrace the skills and drills portion and walking out of the camp as a better player because of it.

What is your coaching philosophy on the court? My coaching philosophy is to allow the kids the opportunity to have fun and to take something away that they can practice. I love that they try something new even though that may not be their strongest skill.

What do you hope that the kids get out of this great experience? My hope is first and foremost that they had a blast participating in the event. Secondly, I hope that they took one or two things from the event that will help enhance their journey.

How has joining the National Basketball Retired Players Association impacted your life? Joining the National Basketball Retired Players Association has been awesome for me. I have had the opportunity to take part in several events that allow me the opportunity to meet others who have walked similar paths. It also provides me with a network of people who support our post basketball desires and cheer loudly for our success.

Adrienne Goodson

What is your role with the Full Court Press program? I have various roles with the program, including helping kids, counseling them, and mentoring them. Along with teaching them different drills on the basketball court. I represent the WNBA and NBRPA when I participate in clinics like this and I do my best to inspire as much as possible.

What was your favorite highlight from the clinic? Being around the kids is always my favorite highlight. Getting the opportunity to be around Anthony Avent, Tony Campbell, Terry Dehere, and Tamecka Dixon was great as well. To see a host of former greats come together is one of the things that make the NBRPA great.

What is your coaching philosophy on the court? Teaching fundamentals! When I played professional basketball overseas, my coach cut an American player. I asked the coach why did they cut that player and Coach told me, “I simply can not handle an American player that’s not fundamentally sound!” And that made sense! Players should know the fundamentals: rebounding, dribbling, passing, etc. So I always make it a point to instill the fundamentals in the kids.

What do you hope that the kids get out of this great experience? The kids were really excited to have the opportunity to learn from past professional basketball players. I hope we inspired them. We taught them about our journey to the professional leagues and it’s funny because today, kids are set up to be successful now more than ever. They have a lot of avenues that we didn’t have when we were young to learn about the game and become better basketball players and this program is yet another way to help them. The educational aspect that PAL, Leadership Foundations, and Strategies For Youth brought was very important as well.

How has joining the National Basketball Retired Players Association impacted your life? Just being affiliated with the NBRPA is amazing! This is the fourth clinic I have been a part of because I love it so much. The traveling is also great. Thanks to the NBRPA, I received a full tuition scholarship to Kaplan University and I am currently working on obtaining my master’s degree in Management. The conferences that the NBRPA puts together are amazing and I can’t wait to reunite with my peers in Los Cabos this summer at the Legends World Sports Conference.