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The grassroots history of the Jim Couch Foundation starts with Dyckman Basketball
They met in 1960, young Lew Alcindor and Mr. Jim Couch on the hard asphalt court behind Dyckman projects. The lanky 13-year-old wasn't the first pick of the pickup games back then but he was willing to learn. Four years earlier, Mr. Couch started drilling kids in Dyckman Park on weekends and now the 6-7 Alcindor was about to learn the art of the hook shot. A legend was born on that court, one that would grow up to become the NBA's leading all-time scorer as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He was the first of many Dyckman area players to attend college on a full scholarship. Others were Herbie Rayburn (Fairfield University), Patty McGrath (Manhattan College), Raymond John (Wheeling College), Wayne Wilson (Delaware State University), Michael Martin, (Cheyney University), George Paycheck (Colorado University), and Vernon "Nookie"Gibson (Hawaii). The '70s saw the advent of play in the prestigious Holcombe Rucker League and in the '80s, the program's weekend park conditioning workouts became the talk of New York City. The program now has over 200 regular participants and has indoor gym conditioning workouts at various sites around New York City. We are endorsed by members of the NBA, USA Basketball, NCAA and the New York City Public School Athletic League.
Mr. Couch was honored by President of the United States as a "Point of Light."
Was the first person to produce a televised outdoor Rucker summer league basketball game for Time Warner Cable in 1972.
One of the first basketball coaches in NYC to encourage multi-racial team building on summer tournament scene.
Pioneered the outdoor training and conditioning free clinic in NYC.
Thon Maker, Milwaukee Bucks - circa 2012