Staple Youth Organization was founded in 2016 and offers basketball camps, clinics, and personal training to children between the ages 6 to 18 . We teach the strong fundamentals of basketball while instilling good sportsmanship both on and off the court. Children learn to improve their abilities and confidence as basketball players to make strategic advantageous decisions in games all while building a collaborative approach to learning in a fun environment. Our coaching program emphasizes fun and ample enjoyment, lots of skill development and further advancements of interpersonal skills.
Damion Staple is a native of Kingston, Jamaica. He has been a lifelong motivator and basketball player whose career flourished both in the United States and abroad as an international ball player. After finishing High School in Jamaica, Damion emigrated to the United States to play basketball for Southeastern Illinois College between the years 2001 and 2003 and Iowa State University between 2003 to 2005. From 2001 to 2003 he played at Southeastern Illinois College, and was named the All-Conference, All-Region and All-American player. In 2004, he attended Iowa State University, where he brought his team to the National Invitation Tournament final 4 and in 2005 to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Since 2005, Damion has been a member of the Jamaican National Team and has played professionally in Europe and South America winning 2 gold medals. Damion also qualified for the Olympic Caribbean Basketball Championship in both 2006 and 2010 in Jamaica and the British Virgin Island respectively. He has played professional basketball for 16 years in Europe, South America and is a current member of the Jamaican National Team. He has been coaching boys and girls basketball camps grades 3 through 8 since 2010.My name is Damion Staple, the Director of Staple Youth Organization, Inc. (SYO). We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization who provides basketball training, scholarships, mentoring, back to school items, etc. to young boys and girls both in the New York Tri-State area and in Jamaica, West Indies. As a young man growing up, I, myself and many of my friends struggled financially. My father passed away when I was 12 and my mom was left to care for me on her own. I knew the value of an education and so I worked hard. Basketball was my calm through the storm. It allowed me to maintain my focus and stay out of trouble. I met many others who motivated and inspired me and I decided I too wanted to do that someday; to give back to those most needy and in need of hope. I created SYO to serve as a mentor and role model for all those who love the game and want to learn all the benefits.