Scottie Stevens is the founder and Executive Director of Basketball For All Inc. He is a native of Houston,TX. who spent his early childhood growing up in rural Ville Platte, LA. He attended Aldine Mac Arthur High school in Houston where he was a member of the varsity basketball team.
Scottie is an alumni of Morris Brown College located in Atlanta,Ga where he majored in Business Administration. While in college he volunteered at various community organizations in Atlanta’s underserved communities. Scottie has been a basketball coach for athletes with special needs for seven years, and is a certified Special Olympics Basketball coach in the state of Texas. Scottie has organized many halftime basketball events for special needs athletes at local high schools and universities in Houston and the surrounding areas including University of Houston, Rice University, Houston Baptist, Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University ,Sam Houston State, Texas A&M and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Southland Conference tournament. Scottie is also active in the Houston community which he has been a Career Day speaker at Caraway Elementary and Harris Elementary in Aldine ISD since 2011, motivating young students on the importance of education and making good decisions so that they can be productive members of their communities.
The concept for Basketball For All Inc. was introduced in 2013 by John Lund who was a volunteer for the Strake Jesuit Preparatory School basketball team in Houston,Tx A group of students with special needs were invited to play a friendly game of basketball with the boys basketball team, little did they know from this single game that the Buddy Basketball program would be formed. The Buddy Basketball program previously sponsored by the Down Syndrome Association of Houston partnered with the Strake Jesuit basketball team in which these special athletes and student volunteers participated in scrimmages during halftime of varsity basketball games.
Scottie began volunteering with the Buddy Basketball team in the fall 2015 and assisted with coaching and coordinating events. John Lund tragically passed away in May of 2017, and Scottie agreed to assume the role of head coach and event organizer in the Fall of 2017 for the Buddy Basketball team. Scottie vowed to keep the tradition of Buddy Basketball going and dedicated his inaugural season as head coach to his good friend John Lund. Under Scottie’s leadership he increased the number of scheduled games at local high schools and colleges. The program received overwhelming support from the community and the demands for participation increased . Due to the high demands and the need to bring awareness and inclusion to the special needs community the nonprofit organization Basketball For All Inc was formed. Basketball Ball For All Inc. is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization that is open to all athletes regardless of their disabilities.