The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Academy will host its 10th annual Jr. Hawks Coaches Clinic on Saturday, October 2 at State Farm arena.

Presented by Adidas, coaches from all levels will be able to learn from Hawks head coach Nate McMillan and the rest of the coaching staff in a 90-minute course for an opportunity of empowerment, instruction and skills.

“We have intent around engaging the coaching community at every level from youth up to high school and college, boys, girls, men and women with free opportunities to professionally develop and learn best practices and how to coach the game,” Jon Babu, Vice President of Basketball Development for the Hawks said.  

With roughly 1,000 coaches signed up to participate, a 500 person increase from Monday, a large sum of coaches are coming from the Metro-Atlanta area, but the Hawks have welcomed coaches from neighboring states such as Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. 

Since the creation of the first clinic in 2011, which had less than 100 coaches in attendance then, the Atlanta Hawks keep two things in mind: community and impact.

“Our hope is that all the coaches in attendance will have 90 minutes to learn from just the wisdom and knowledge that coach McMillan and the Hawks coaching staff have to share with them that day and they’ll leave here feeling energized, excited and empowered to go back to their gyms all over our city and teach the game the right way with some of the things they learn and make it a positive experience for the youth in their communities,” Babul said.

Coaches who attend the clinic will be provided with instruction and lectures on different subjects in the game, specifically around fundamentals, player development, passing, shooting, defense and some team concepts. 

After the clinic, coaches will receive Hawks “swag bags” with merchandise courtesy of Adidas and participants will also have the opportunity to sit near the floor during the 6 o’clock 2021-22 Atlanta Hawks open practice.

This will be an in-person clinic, following the previous year when the Hawks held the camp virtually. Past clinics have been held live at State Farm (previously known as Phillips Arena).

“There’s just an element of live production, live entertainment, live sports, a live coaches clinic that you can’t replace virtually,” Babul said. “There’s an emotional connection that the coaches will feel part of something.”

The Atlanta Hawks also have a virtual platform called “Hawks at Home,” where the organization can connect with coaches all over the globe. The platform will also be used to share the content and the coaching practices that McMillan and the staff share at the event, and have the opportunity to be spread with a larger network.

“We’re true to Atlanta, we build basketball, and we build bridges to the community through the sport of basketball,” Babul said. “We are committed to making basketball a positive experience for youth all over our city, and what better way than to train the community coaches and influencers in the neighboring cities and towns of Atlanta giving them facetime with our staff and players. That’s an investment, there’s intent around that and it’s important to us.”

Registration is still currently open for coaches who want to participate in the clinic.

Atlanta Hawks interim coach Nate McMillan talks with Bogdan Bogdanovic, John Collins, Lou Williams, Onyeka Okongwu and Cam Reddish, from left, during a timeout in the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NBA basketball playoffs Thursday, July 1, 2021, in Milwaukee. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)