Bright lights, centre court, multimillion dollar contracts and adoring fans. That’s what most of us imagine when we think of the world of professional athletes. But what is the story behind the images? What does the road to stardom look like? What does it take to get there? Who better to answer these questions and many more, than the moms who were there every step of the way.“Court-Side Moms” is the first of its kind to focus solely on the experiences of professional basketball player’s mothers, giving us a new perspective on the lives of some of our favorite athletes. We explore the thoughts, feelings and experiences of those moms who have watched their children join the elite world of pro sports. The joys, the challenges, the heart aches, the big and small moments that transformed their lives and those of their children. No one understands this better than Wendy Sparks, the mother of Toronto Raptors Center, Khem Birch and the host of Court-side Moms. Wendy will sit down with other basketball moms to hear their stories, creating the first platform for moms to kick back and chat about their kids, and to discuss the reality of raising high performance athletes.
Spencer Dinwiddie's mom, Stephanie Dinwiddie
Today we are joined by Stephanie Dinwiddie, mom of Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets point guard.
At 18 months old, Spencer’s favorite toy was a Barney basketball net that chimed each time the ball went in. The chimes have never stopped ringing for Spencer and Stephanie shares stories of his journey.
After a great high school career at William Howard Taft High School, he chose to play college basketball for the Colorado Buffaloes which Stephanie describes as one of the most joyful and fun times despite a career-threatening injury that cut his junior year short. His determination and work ethic were instrumental in his recovery and only a few months later he declared for the 2014 NBA Draft.
Chosen as a 2nd round pick by the Detroit Pistons, Stephanie tells us about draft night, the same night that host Wendy’s son Khem Birch went undrafted and the two moms talk about what a different experience it was for each of them and their sons. After being traded to the Bulls, Spencer experienced many ups and downs in his career and we talk about how he got through the tough times and came out the other end signing with the Nets in 2016, a career-changing move.
Off the court, he has a passion for interactions with his fans through social media, and when Nike didn’t want him to rep their sneakers he developed his own brand, K8IROS, learning every aspect of shoe design. In his mom’s words, he is a visionary, a leader, and an inspiration.
Q&A with Kyle Lowry's mom, Marie Hollaway on Locker Room App
We the North! Raptor fans tap in with Kyle Lowry's mom, Marie Hollaway on Locker Room App!
Kyle Lowry's mom, Marie Hollaway
Today we are excited to be joined by Marie Hollaway, mother of six-time NBA All-Star, Olympic Gold medalist, NBA champion, and Raptor star, Kyle Lowry.
Small by basketball standards, Kyle always did what he had to do to succeed in the sport he loved. In a career filled with highs, Marie talks about the behind-the-scenes events that helped shape Kyle’s NBA journey from a young age, through to draft night where he was selected as a 1st round pick by the Memphis Grizzlies and his incredible time in the NBA thus far.
We talk about what it’s been like being the face of the Raptors, how he’s been instrumental in the club’s rise to stardom, the emotion of the 2019 Championship run happening as her mother was dying and how grateful she was that she lived long enough to see him bring home the NBA title, the victory parade, and being on the float with Drake.
Marie tells us her hopes for Kyle’s future after basketball, how Kyle and his family have given back to the communities that have been huge in Kyle’s life - Philadelphia where he grew up and Toronto - through the Lowry Love Foundation started by Kyle and his wife, touching the lives of the underprivileged and disadvantaged to help give them a better quality of life.
An NBA superstar, Kyle’s story is an incredible and exciting one made even more special being told by his mom.
Q&A with Julius Randle's mom, Carolyn Kyles on Locker Room App
Fans tap in with Knicks star Julius Randle's mom, Carolyn Kyles on Locker Room App!
Julius Randle's mom, Carolyn Kyles
During a recent NBA game between the Knicks and the Golden State Warriors, our guest today sent her son, New York Knicks star Julius Randle, a surprise message on the screen at Madison Square Gardens congratulating him on being a first time NBA All Star. Carolyn Kyles is that kind of mom and we get to learn all about her on today’s podcast.
Julius always loved basketball and could often be found dribbling around the house and clinging to his ball. Carolyn recognized early on her son’s talent and started him on his journey in organized basketball from a young age.
As a single mom, Carolyn tells us how she’s helped Julius stay grounded amidst the hype and noise of the world of elite athletes from his high school years where he fought back from an injury to play in the McDonald's All-American Boys Game and Jordan Brand Classic, through his college years where he broke records at Kentucky, declaring for the draft in 2014 and his 7 years in the NBA.
Carolyn talks about what it was like for Julius to play with his idol Kobe Bryant when he was drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Lakers and the impact Kobe had throughout Julius’ career, how he overcame the tragedy of breaking his leg 14 minutes into the first game of his NBA journey and came back better than ever becoming the youngest Laker since Magic Johnson with a triple double, and how he’s handled the press, social media and the fans now that he’s playing in the mecca of basketball.
Q&A with Kyle Anderson's mom, Suzanne Anderson on Locker Room App
Fans tap in with Kyle Anderson's mom Suzanne Anderson on Locker Room App
Great behind the scenes perspective!
I really enjoy listening to these interviews with one of the most important behind-the- scenes people in a professional athlete’s career - their mom! I’ve always had huge respect for the moms who had to sacrifice so much so their kids could succeed. One of the reasons I watch sports is for the human element and the stories behind the game and this podcast is a great complement to that!
I’m a mom myself too, so it’s also quite enlightening to listen to their thoughts on the challenges of raising successful kids too!
Such a wholesome and fun podcast!
Awesome and Unique Content
Love listening! An excellent podcast.
Amazing in-depth content on professional athletes.
I enjoy the unique perspective that is being told from the mothers of the athletes - very refreshing!
Keep up the great work!