EQUITY PLAYERS, INC. HISTORY
Autry Parker Brantley "Coach A" anchored the underpinning for Equity PlayersSM in 2007, when the dynamics of an outre 2004-05 NBA season and/or providence led him into management at the Joe Dumars Fieldhouse of Detroit. In observing a myriad of AAU Boy's Basketball clubs + the culmination of Manny Harris' primo career at Redford High School, Coach A recognized a need for an organization led by a team of walking success stories, which could mitigate the common detrimental introjections youth acquire often in underserved/underprivileged/marginalized/disadvantaged milieus. However, "The Great Recession" led to the scarcity of charitable dollars, discontinuance of projected programs, and dissolution of the corporation holding an idea whose time had come - the Spirit Embassy.
Become An Equity Player
In 2009, Coach A re-anchored the keystone for the Spirit EmbassySM via the birth of Equity PlayersSM, when a low NCAA Division II season, and reports of Detroit student-athletes - out of state - returned home without an associate degree. As a Detroit Public Schools Life Skills teacher + Truancy Officer, Coach A recognized that, in a society of global prejudice, the culture and lack of exposure causing Detroit's civic empowerment + achievement gaps hampers the attainment of a competitive advantage, privileged citizenship, or desired rarified air. Additionally, he knew that participation in the game(s) of competitive tennis and basketball could definitely have a benefic influence of salubrious introjections, as each were one of the strongest impetuses that led him to strive for academic success (e.g. United Negro College Fund Michigan Mayor's Scholar feature in Ebony Magazine, etc.).
Thus, Coach A began providing Detroit students "pro bono basketball training", so as to elutriate away the detrimental introjections + galvanize a focus on Michigan Meritocracy + NCAA Qualification. Thus far, his unaided mentoring, essentially aligned with the Detroit's Youth Violence Prevention, Attorney General's Defending Childhood, First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move!, and President Barack H. Obama II's Challenge initiatives has provided many students across the Detroit-Windsor metropolitan international border community with an opportunity to play basketball, receive apt sustenance, social resources and/or academic services with respect to the transition from high school to college. Additionally, Equity Players gives Detroit's youth the opportunity to travel within the USA to experience diverse cultures and collegiate milieus across, as well as, outside the country (e.g. strategic partnerships with Core City Hoops and Equity Players' Vice Chairman Emerita's SPLASH, Inc.).
Pursuant to continuum of developing Equity Players' servicemark Positive Productive CitizensSM and building on systematic success, Coach A's strategic planning and perseverance has suited Equity Players as an official non-profit corporation in the State of Michigan and is serving the Detroit-Windsor conurbation. Student occupation in the programs offered by Equity Players assist in the mitigation of the material rates of juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy and child obesity, et al among socioeconomic minorities, which supports equity in education and athletics.