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Tulsa Shock Youth Basketball Academy adds staff, facilities

The Tulsa Shock have hired local television personality Ruben Diaz as Team Director for the basketball academy. This comes just weeks after announcing a facility in which to house the academy's activities.

Whether or not the Shock make an impact on the court remains to be seen, but making an impact on the community is something that appears to be an obvious goal to the franchise.

About Ruben Diaz:
"I can't express how excited I am to start this new chapter in my life with the Shock Basketball Academy and the Tulsa Shock," Diaz said. "Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the game of basketball and how much I love helping kids reach their potential and that's what makes this opportunity so special."

Diaz has worked in television for the last 10 years but now believes he is about to embark on his true passion – helping local youth achieve their basketball dreams.

"Ruben is a perfect fit for our team program," Shock Basketball Academy Director Joe Crawford said. "His passion for the game and commitment to getting kids to play at the next level is unmatched. We are excited to bring him on board and look forward to an awesome summer with our Shock Hoops (girls’) and Shock Force (boys’) team program."

About the facility:
The facility, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, is where the Shock will conduct all clinics, camps and tournaments beginning in January 2011. Built in 2004, the facility is a full 84x50 court and includes a party and lounge room, pro shop and a F5 athlete performance training room with high speed treadmill.

The Shock Basketball academy aims to break down each basketball skill into fundamental steps that are easy for kids to learn and understand. These steps are proven methods that have worked for thousands of children and youth, helping many earn college scholarship after high school.

The Shock Basketball Academy offers:
Art of Shooting Techniques, Ball Handling, Offensive Moves, Specialty Camps for Positions, Team Training, Private Lessons, Competitive Teams