July 15, 2011
Editor, The Friday Flyer
It will come as no surprise to Canyon Lake residents who have followed the athletic career of Shane Hanson that he is a young man going places – literally.
He was an outstanding student and star basketball player when he graduated from Temescal Canyon High School in 2006, and he was a magna cum laude graduate and star basketball player when he graduated from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii this past May.
Last week, Shane announced he had been invited by the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations and the public affairs office of the U.S. Embassy in Serbia to participate in the Department of State’s “Speaker and Specialist Program” in Novi Sad, Serbia.
In an e-mail he received from the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, he was told that local organizer Mihajlo Delic of “I Came to Play” was organizing a basketball camp, along with a series of lectures, in which he wanted Shane to participate. The Canyon Laker says he met Mihajlo last summer during a ministry trip to Serbia.
Readers may recall Shane was a member of the Crossover International basketball team that traveled to Serbia and Romania in the summer of 2010 to put on youth basketball clinics; he also traveled with the team to Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic in the summer of 2009.
Shane says, “There is nothing better than to help a young athlete in any way possible.” These international youth basketball camps are an extension of Progression Athletics, of which Shane is founder and head trainer.
According to his website, progressionathletics.com, Team Progression, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) charitable organization headquartered in California, uses sports as a conduit to teach, direct and motivate children, ages 6 to 18, from culturally, ethnically and economically diverse communities to achieve their dreams by using the examples and experiences of professional and collegiate athletes.
In addition to his ministry travels abroad, Shane has been focusing on building his Progression Athletics business here at home. He recently partnered with Dr. Jerry Hizon, team doctor for the San Diego Chargers and founder of the Ouch Medical Center in Temecula, to form a program that helps student-athletes in all aspects of their lives. They have developed a series of classes offered at the Ouch Clinic with lessons in speed-reading, time management, memory and other important topics that help athletes succeed in the classroom. The program also helps student-athletes learn how to benefit from sleep, nutrition, weight training and more.
Other programs Progression Athletics offers right here in the valley are boot camps, speed and agility classes, sports training, personal training, couples training, parent/child training, senior wellness, youth camps, Yoga classes and injury prevention and rehab.
Naturally, Shane is excited about the opportunity with the U.S. Speaker Program to reach young people in Serbia with his “Progress Yourself” message. He will be there from August 3 to 17 to run a peace education lecture program and basketball camp.
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