Aug 5, 2015 9:26 PM by Ross Field
A former professional basketball star is giving back to the community by partnering with an NBA franchise. Action News Now's Ross Field has the story.
"Basketball's everything, it's allowed me to get my education payed for, to travel the world, start my business and help try to give back to young people," says Tyler Newton.
For almost his entire life Tyler Newton has been hanging around a basketball court.
The former Shasta College and University of Pacific star spent several years traveling the globe and playing professionally in a variety of places, including Japan where the 6-foot-10, 230-pounder was a three-time All-Star for Rera Kamuy Hokkaido in the Japanese Basketball League.
"It was a lot of fun to be there, everyone was really accepting. We had a lot of success while I was there and it was something I'll never forget," says Newton.
Tyler lives in Chico now, where he owns and operates TNT Athletic Performances, a 23,000 square-foot state of the art training facility equipped with two basketball courts, a mini-turf football field and a few weight training areas. It's a place where any athlete can come and try to unleash their potential.
"TNT's been open for almost four years now and it's a great opportunity to stay involved in athletics and kind of give back."
Naturally though, Newton's expertise lies in basketball. TNT offers youth leagues and supports travel teams. He says he mentors around 200 kids. In July, one of his girl's squads scored a top-8 finish out of 125 teams in a national tournament in Portland.
"You know it's a credit to their hard work and dedication and I've been very proud of them this season," says Newton.
Newton says he wants his basketball program to grow and that's a big reason why TNT has partnered with the Sacramento Kings to bring the first ever "Kings Next" youth basketball league to Chico.
"In doing some research we found out that the Kings have this 'Kings Next' youth program to help promote youth basketball. We're going to be getting that started here in the next month and it's going to allow youth to get in, boys and girls from first grade to sixth grade, they're going to get some Kings gear, a ticket to a kings game, they're going to send some people out here from the organization to help run a clinic during the season and so we're very excited to bring a quality youth program to Chico here," says Newton.
Basketball will always hold a special place in Tyler Newton's heart and that's why he's giving back through a game that's given him so much.
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