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About Us

When the ball stops bouncing.

Beyond Basketball, Inc. is a mentoring program dedicated to equitable education and professional development. We are committed to building a diverse talent pipeline, and bridging the 91% disparity in STEM careers. 

Why the name? We connect youth to community advocates through our shared love of the game of basketball. Our mentors help student athletes reach their full potential on and off the court, with programs focused on leadership development, STEM education, entrepreneurship, career readiness, community engagement, and wellness, both physical and mental. Originally named Alley Oop Hoops, we rebranded to Beyond Basketball to fully encompass our mission and the services we deliver.

​The organization was founded by Raleigh-native Josh Haymond in June 2020, as an approved 501(c)(3) charitable organization, EIN 85-1483359. All contributions are tax deductible. No goods or services will be provided in exchange for the contribution.


Areas of impact

Success in education and career, through STEM, financial literacy and entrepreneurship stewardship.

Build community leaders, through awareness of community issues, relationship awareness, and leadership programming. 

Promote a healthy lifestyle, through physical, emotional, nutritional, and intellectual learning. ​

Impact areas include:

Meet The Team

We manage the logistics — finding the students, location, transportation, supplies, volunteer training — so that all you have to do is show up and share what you love.

Josh Haymond
Josh Haymond

Founder & President

Michele Douglass

Program Director

Braysion Wright
Braysion Wright

Operations Coordinator


Board of Directors

We have an active board well known in the communities we serve. Our Board Members, alongside mentoring, are integral parts of our organization's mission and impact.


Our Board has consistently supported programming on the front lines of the communities' needs.

Derek Boone
Derek Boone

Technology Leader

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Joyce Fang

Marketing Leader

Ralston Turner
Ralston Turner

Financial Advisor

Justin Youngblood
Justin Youngblood

Healthcare Sales

Our Network

At Beyond Basketball, our community ties run deep. We know our impact is compounded when we partner with local organizations with the same commitment to diversifying and improving the future of the Triangle. 

Learn more about our sponsors, community partners, and trusted vendors.

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