BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - What began out of Binghamton-native Rob Baxter's garage in 2004 has turned into one of the premiere places to prepare young local athletes for the collegiate and pro levels.
Tucked away on the ground floor of a brick warehouse, at the corner of Eldredge Street and Prospect Avenue, sits the BX Player Development Group.
"We kind of treat it as a family," Baxter said.
"This is my seventh year in the program and the family that we've built is just awesome and will last forever," Seton Catholic senior Ava McCann added.
"We come together," shared Susquehanna Valley senior Trinasia Kennedy. "Best players in the section. And we get to cheer each other on. Like, I've never wanted to cheer on a better team so much in my life."
For 14 years, Baxter has had one goal in mind.
"What we're really trying to do is help kids, help athletes, help families reach their dreams and improve their lives," Baxter said.
Now, any and all athletes can train at BX. But in 2007, Baxter started a local AAU hoops organization - originally called TEAM BX but now known as BNY SELECT. As a result, the facility has become a hotbed for local girls basketball talent.
"They're getting the on-court skill development," said Baxter. "They're getting the competition. They're getting the strength and speed physical abilities training. We're throwing them into yoga. We've got them doing homework."
"They're going to be hard on us to get the work done that they feel is necessary for us to become that ideal player that we want to be to get to the next level," Seton Catholic junior Marina Maerkl exclaimed.
"It's almost like you're really trying to bring a pro or elite college experience right to the girls that are 14, 15, 16 years old," Baxter concluded.
"Really, the secret is having great kids from great families that are really dedicated to their work," Baxter said.