By Madisen Carter
Daniel Ballout has had the game of basketball in his life since he was in Kindergarten. Growing up, Ballout attended a Kindergarten through eighth grade school, and every day during recess, he was on the court. As he continued to get older, he joined the school’s basketball team and even spent up to a year and a half consistently training at Unlimited Potential Basketball. Now years later as a senior at Burlingame High School, Ballout still has a presence at the Training Facility, but now as UPB’s Front Desk Associate.
As the Front Desk Associate, Ballout is responsible for greeting guests as they walk into the facility, he answers any questions that parents and athletes may have, and he makes sure the athlete’s accounts are good to go for their training sessions. Ballout also assists the Social Media Coordinator in taking videos of certain workouts and puts together Reels and Tik Toks for UPB’s social media pages.
Ballout not only has a role off of the basketball court, but also helps out on the court as well. He has assisted Coach DyShawn and the other player development coaches at UPB’s Summer Camps and group training sessions. Ballout expressed that he has built solid relationships with the coaches at UPB, the parents, and most of all, the athletes.
“That's the favorite part of my job, just going on the court [and] actually getting to talk to the kids. I know all their names, and then I get on the court and actually get to know more about them, so that's nice. And you know, I get to help him out with basketball too,” Ballout said.
When Ballout found out that UPB was hiring a Front Desk Associate after job searching for a few months, he knew it would be a good fit for him. He was already familiar with UPB’s environment and knew the coaches including Coach Packie Turner. Ballout said he believes he fits the front desk role well.
Now five months into the role, Ballout has continued to be a great asset to the team. Ballout is set to graduate high school in May, and he has the goal to pursue a degree and career in finance.
“I really want to focus on finance,” Ballout said. “If I focus all my attention towards that, build a resume, build a community most of all, and make connections with people, I'm hoping to do some sort of private equity after college like Venture Capital and whatnot. I'm really interested in that, [and] I'm lucky enough to have an idea of what I want to do after college, which has been really helpful.”
Until he is off to college, we are happy to have Ballout on the UPB Team and we look forward to seeing him grow in and out of the facility!
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