The Sarasota Manatee Basketball Club, that plays in The American Basketball Association has been operating in the area for 5 years, throughout these 5 years they’ve sent players overseas for additional professional opportunities. They have also produced a multitude of coaches and assistant coaches, along with honorable all-star mentions. The organization based on its’ current state and annual income projection it grown from $0 valuation has and estimated future valued at over $400/K. This start-up is nearing the stage of serious profitability. This is a brighter future. The next step is to level up even further. Joscelyn Spivey who is currently Director of Operations is moving up to CEO. She a history of community work, also building multiple start-ups to include retail companies, online magazines. Along with the basketball team she owns her own Doula and Birthing Services company, Birthing Miracles Birthing Services and Nzuri Birth Village. She has worked tirelessly bringing the first professional basketball team to the Sarasota, creating an opportunity for local players to follow the legend of those like Dr. J (Julius Erving), George “Iceman” Gervin and many more. She has been responsible for the addition of new products, the revamping of the website and adding additional online retail stores with the team’s products. She is currently working with Walmart for in-store products in the Sarasota area. She has now introduced a partnership with Topps for basketball cards and a brand of potato chips based on the team and its’ players. During the Tampa Vipers initial stint of the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers (professional football) she was Director of Game Day Operation.
Joscelyn Spivey had this to say about the changes “Concerning the teams future, we’re on a great path of growth. We’ve done well being patient and taking our time through Covid-19. Much credit should be given to the players and their families for their work, dedication and support. Currently we’re considering moving the team to Newtown, to help create opportunities and participate in revitalization in the area. We’re also vetting a few potential co-owners and partners. Glad to have our team come back aboard. Up and coming changes will be announced very soon concerning additional staff. Current Captains who have taken up increased leadership roles are Hunter Parrish and Taegon Purtill. The team has also welcomed Jarrell Jones and Jeremiah Jordan, with additional players to be announced prior to their first game against the new expansion team the Tampa Bay Fury.
The Chairman of The Board for the team is quoted as saying, “What she has shown is consistency, when players and teams and the league needs answers, she has had those answers, she stood tall, that’s leadership. This level of basketball moves swiftly and consistent leadership is needed to steer the ship. We are also hoping to add more women in leadership roles on our team including on the board.”