The Gym is a local sports gym for children and teenagers that focuses on training participants in basketball and/or volleyball.
“We built this gym 15 years ago in January of 2006,” said Jerry Lavey, owner.
Lavey noted some of the best features that The Gym has to offer.
“We have a total of four high school-sized basketball courts with accompanying bleachers,” said Lavey. “The fourth and most recent court opened this February. One of the unique features adding to the experience is an overview deck, from which you can see three of our courts at the same time. Few gyms have such an option.”
One of the most important aspects of training future basketball athletes is the quality of the floors used.
“We have NBA-quality floors,” said Lavey. “They are by far the most expensive component of this facility. The floors installed here are used by the Rockets as well as by two-thirds of NBA teams. They are called maple bio-cushion floors.”
Lavey also mentioned that there are a variety of lines on the courts, which represent different length requirements for shooting field goals, three-point shots, etc.
The gym, as previously mentioned, also allows for volleyball to be played.
Lavey said, “Each basketball court can be broken down into three volleyball courts. Sixteen teams consisting of 160-180 players practice here.”
Lavey added, “We are considered to be the No. 1 youth basketball gym in the city. We have produced at least a dozen NBA players throughout our history and 20 professional basketball players around the world.”
The camp offers a variety of different opportunities for children. Most recently, The Gym held the third annual Patrick Beverley Camp Lockdown Skills Camp from July 15-19, in which kids ages 6-16 got the opportunity to be personally trained by Beverley. Beverley is a former Houston Rockets player who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers back in 2017.
“I have never seen a better camp in my 15 years … Patrick is heavily involved with the kids. He talks about life and mentors them on being the right kind of person,” said Lavey.
Camp Lockdown is just one of the many programs offered at The Gym, however.
“We have a Developmental Fall League. We have children coming from a 25-mile radius. We teach them the fundamentals of basketball and we scale the rigor according to age and current skill level,” said Lavey.
“Throughout the school year, we run camps every day that is not a school day. For example, we will have camps on Columbus Day, President’s Day, etc. On the weekends, we have AAU tournaments; we also have the community basketball league … we have several private schools that play here,” added Lavey.
The gym is also open to children who just want to practice some basketball for themselves.
“During the school year, we essentially have an open gym from noon to 3:30 for kids that want to play,” said Lavey.
The Gym will soon be hosting an REC Men’s Basketball League, which is open for registration. Games will begin Aug. 18 and will be played on Sundays starting around 4 p.m. There will be two divisions – 18 and over and 35 and over – all with a maximum of nine players per team.
“The gym leaves behind a huge economic footprint on the area. We hire a lot of employees, referees, kids and local restaurants to meet our services. Gas stations and hotels benefit from us as we host tournaments from around the country and the world,” said Lavey.
If interested in any of the programs offered by The Gym or for more information, call 281-540-4496 or visit the facility at 2325 Atascocita Road in Humble.