1998 - 2008
From 1999-2008, Nathan Brown served as a youth basketball coach for underprivileged kids in Southeast Colorado Springs. Growing up, the Hillside Community Center and the game of basketball saved his son, Terrell Brown, from falling victim to the environment he grew up in. After overcoming several obstacles both athletically and personally, Terrell was determined to return home and use sports as a tool to convene and empower youth.
MARCH 12, 2017
Hillside Connection was established on March 12, 2017 to leverage the game of basketball to create pathways to opportunity for kids in Southern Colorado Springs. Throughout the year, youth boys (grades 1st-6th) are brought together to develop resiliency, teamwork, and leadership skills. Youth participate in basketball clinics, enrichment activities, community engagement opportunities, and basketball leagues while being exposed to leaders throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Programming is provided free of charge!
By strengthening relationships with public, nonprofit, and private organizations, Hillside Connection continues to provide youth with opportunities that extend beyond the basketball court and into other parts of the community.