Having successful basketball careers as coaches and players, three Charlestonians Travis Smith, Delonza Simmons, and Tre’ McLean collaborated and created the idea of the “20/20 Youth Summer Basketball League.”
As a result of the creation of the youth league the three young men wanted to impact kids in their communities beyond the basketball court. After discussing their personal experiences of growing up in Charleston and their love for sports the desire to create a brand that would be consistent and meaningful became a focal point of their meetings.
Since the idea of the youth league was still in its early stages, they figured why not create an organization that will bridge together local communities, athletes, and professions to use sports as a medium to emphasize education and teach valuable life lessons and skills.
Already having a major impact in his community in the Downtown Eastside neighborhood and coaching multiple sports at Burke High School, Delonza wanted to ensure that he would still be able to fulfill his duty to the kids in the downtown area, so he encouraged Tre’ and Travis to continue on the mission as planned but he wish to finish what he already had started.
Embarking on a journey of their own, Tre’ and Travis continued to work and founded what is now The 20/20 Youth Organization. The contributions and unconditional support from Delonza is what makes an Unconditional Champion and that is what the 20/20 Organization is all about.
Creating Unconditional Champions!
Tre’ McLean, Co-Founder
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Tre’ McLean grew up participating in various recreational sports throughout the Lowcountry area. In 2012 he graduated from West Ashley High School where he excelled on the varsity basketball team for head coach Ronnie Dupree. After a successful freshman season at Queens University of Charlotte he transferred to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
During his time at UTC he excelled in the classroom making the Dean’s List, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, and SoCon Honor Roll for 3 years. In May 2016, he graduated with a degree in Integrated Studies. On the court, he played a vital role on a NCAA Tournament team winning the Southern Conference Regular Season and Conference Tournament Championship in 2016.
After finishing up at UTC Tre earned a spot on the Phoenix Suns 2017 Summer League roster. He then began his professional basketball career in Russia and is currently playing professionally overseas.
Travis Smith, Co-Founder
Travis Smith was born and raised in Charleston, SC, and attended Porter-Gaud School. Following high school he was awarded a full scholarship to play collegiate basketball at Mercer University where he graduated from in 2013.
After college Travis played professional basketball overseas for a few years in several countries around the world, before returning home to Charleston.
Since moving back to Charleston, Travis has been heavily involved in youth athletics as a coach, mentor, and personal trainer. Currently Travis is a strength/conditioning and player development coach at his alma mater Porter-Gaud School and volunteers as a summer basketball coach with Trademark Properties AAU organization.