A new year, a new era begins for grassroots basketball in Arkansas. The Arkansas Hawks and Joe Johnson Elite have decided to combine experience, talent, and of course dedication to youth and establish the Arkansas Joe Johnson H.A.W.K.S. (Hard at Work Kids) youth basketball program.
In 1999, Joe Johnson joined the Arkansas HAWKS family as a basketball player to take his talents on the national circuit with the HAWKS program to win major tournaments and a National AAU Championship title. Now, almost 20 years later the Little Rock, Arkansas native who graduated from Little Rock Central High School and attended the University of Arkansas as a Razorback basketball player; the NBA All-Star is continuing his efforts to give back to the community by joining forces with an established, elite program that helped to propel his career.
The Arkansas HAWKS have been under the leadership of Bill Ingram, who is a University of Arkansas alum. Bill is excited about working with one of his former HAWKS players and knowing that generations to come will have a strong foundation for basketball in Arkansas. It is their goal to continue building a dynasty of basketball players who want to impact Arkansas, surrounding areas and their communities.
The teams and players involved in the Joe Johnson HAWKS family will have unique opportunities and experiences on and off the court including mentoring, player development, academic assistance tools, and proper training to get to the next level. We are confident that our combined efforts and leadership will provide the “Blueprint” for success on and off the court. Our priority will be to focus on the whole student-athlete on and off the court.
As we unfold the Joe Johnson HAWKS program we will combine our elite rosters of talent and give them an opportunity to play on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit playing against the best talent in the country.