Battle In The Bluffs is a basketball camp held by Connective Inc on Martha's Vineyard every summer. Over the Fourth of July holiday, hundreds of kids from both the Vineyard & across the country, come to participate in the camp, which not only concentrates on Basketball skills, but also on communication, healthy competition and other valuable life skills kids will carry into Adulthood.
ANDRE “GLORY” CLARK has always had a strong connection to the game of basketball. Having grown up watching his older brothers play the game, he witnessed first-hand the love and dedication that went into it. Soon, he began to develop his own skills. He would pour in nearly a 1000 points and over 300 assists into the ongoing games, while playing at both United Tribes, as well as University of Saint Mary. Andre was a leader on and off the court where he structured workouts, community events, as well as study halls for his teammates. Andre spent his playing career dedicating time to the development of younger student Athletes, stating, "My main focus is empowering student athletes in the communities I once lived in. I understand that its a process and I may have to go one kid at a time but it's a change I'm fully invested in." This is why Connective Athletics is the “Most Authentic in Athletics.”
KENNY JEANNOT is the current Girls basketball coach for The Lower Manhattan Community Bulls and the Assistant coach for the Boys basketball team. The game of basketball has given him many skills on and off the court that have directly influenced his success. Kenny stated “I've learned when I step out of my comfort zone I grow as a player and a person.” Once introduced to the game of basketball and little did he know it saved his life. Once he got on the court you could see that was the outlet he needed for the negative energy that he had built up. Kenny would go on to play in leagues all over the city. He was truly a NYC basketball player playing in every borough due to his love for the game. Him playing and working on his game so much landed him a spot on Brooklyn USA a long lasting AAU program, as well as his high school team School Of the Future. He is now a teaching youth the same lessons that he learned from the amazing mentors and teachers he had. Kenny understands that he was given a chance to be successful and now has dedicated his life to giving that chance to other students.
CHARLIE MARQUARDT, a 2017 graduate, set a single-game record in the East Coast Conference Finals, scoring 51 of the team's 86 points in an overtime loss. Marquardt led the Lions and the ECC in scoring, averaging 21.9 points per game while also topping the team in three-point percentage (.411) and free throw percentage (.912.). This season, he was named All-Conference, All-District, and All-Metropolitan First Team as well as All-Region Second Team.
In his career, Marquardt stands all-time in points, totaling 1,648 after scoring 613 this past season while also ranking first in made three-point field goals (305) and free throw percentage (.869): In his senior campaign, Marquardt landed himself on the ECC Weekly Honor Roll for three consecutive weeks from Nov 21 - Dec 5. Marquardt earned a number of accolades including being name to the DIICCA Men’s Basketball All East Region Second Team, ECC First Team, NABC First Team, All-Met First Team named the Most Outstanding Player of the ECC Tournament He averaged 21.9 points per game, including racking up 30 + points in back to back games against LIU Post on Feb 25. & Bridgeport on Mar. 4 Charles broke the record for most three pointers made in a single season (90), which he set himself the season prior. He set a school record for most points in a single game (51) in the ECC Championship loss against St. Thomas Aquinas. In his senior campaign Marquardt saw over 1000 minutes of play.
OLANIYI BECKLES is a nationally accredited
personal trainer by the International Sports Science Association ISSA. What catapulted his finesse for fitness was a series of athletic injuries as a young athlete. It coerced him to take better care of his body. When he grew conscious of fitness, it wasn’t merely fitness at face value. It became the full spectrum. Vehemently training since 2003, he has written thousands of training regiments at various gyms including buy not limited to Crunch, Bally Total Fitness and Retro Fitness. Previously he was the Strength and conditioning coach for ASA college Division 1 women’s basketball team. He is an expert in corrective therapy, sports-specific performance enhancement, as well as weight loss and weight management. Now, he boasts the title CEO of What The Health Is Up. Additionally he managed at the largest sports club in the northeast region of New
York Sports Club where he led a team of trainers. His philosophy in summation is:
“your mind and spirit can neverreach their optimal capabilities if you don’t have a physical outlet."