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Valandar Smith; President of Harwood Ballers Basketball 


A College Graduate with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Human Resources.  Played College Football at Norfolk State University and Northern Michigan University.  Currently employed at Ford Motor Company as a Human Resource Manager at Dearborn Tool & Die Plant.  Resident of Northville since 2008, a married father of three with two daughters, (Alexis and Destinee) both enrolled in college and one son, (Alexander - AJ) soon to be entering High School in the fall of 2018.  A Trustee at Triumph Church.  Actively involved in Northville youth sports since 2008, coached Youth Flag Football for 3 years, served 1 year as the Health and Safety Coach for the Northville Stallions Youth Football Team, 5 years as Head Coach for Northville Youth Recreation Boys Basketball, 3 years as Head Coach for Northville Youth Travel (C-Team) and served 2 years as a board member for Northville Basketball Association.


Shaft Sanders; Vice President of the Hardwood Ballers Basketball Association 

I have been a resident of Novi Michigan for 12 years and I'm the father of two boys who are currently 11, and 14 in age.  I have been involved in sports my entire life with a true love of basketball.  I have been coaching this game for well over a decade and participated on many teams while growing up in the city of Detroit.  I played recreational ball for Detroit PAL organization and various teams throughout my academic career.  I played on inter-mural teams in college at the great University of Central Michigan.  I continue to play to this day on Wednesday nights with the same bunch of guys that I have known for over 20 years.  I never was great as a player, but I learned so much from the sport itself.  I learned team work, how to be a supportive person, maturity, discipline and accountability just to name a few things.  

We started Hardwood Ballers Basketball Association in 2018 as a way to encourage boys who are young adults to continue the passion for the sport that they love.  We stress fundamentals and all the core values that I learned during my playing and coaching career.  I believe that this sport help mold me into the man I am today.  I believe if you give us the opportunity to help mold your son that they will have the same core values that we stress as an organization.     

Shaft Sanders 
Vice President of the Hardwood Ballers Basketball Association  

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