“Nard” Hollins, Always 100 President/CEO, was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and attended Bloomingdale Elementary, Lane Middle, and North Side High School. He has received various basketball accolades including All-SAC recognition, All-State Honors, the Tiffany Gooden Award, as well as participation in the Indiana All-Star Game amongst the state’s elite players. Vernard went on to play basketball on the collegiate level at Wright State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. Upon graduation, he began to explore a professional basketball career on an international stage in Mexico, Germany, Macedonia, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Hungary, and Austria. Some of his highest professional acknowledgments include a career high of 59 points while in Mexico, leading his team to the first ever Hungary Cup Championship, making the Hungarian All-Tournament Team, and was also honored as Switzerland’s Player of the Year. In the summer of 2011, Always 100, Inc. was established as a non-profit triggering the development of the “Always 100 Basketball Academy”, which conducts pro-level, high-intensity group and individual workouts with area youth and high school teams. He was also able to publish a biographical book: The Disease Didn’t Kill the Dream and has been a featured motivational speaker at various youth conferences and forums. His ultimate goal is to continue allowing an exceptional basketball experience with minimal costs obligation to parents of our area youth. Through numerous partnerships and donors, he is able to inspect, direct, and correct area athletes as they give “Always 100”..
David is a Fort Wayne native and graduate of Harding High School, where he played basketball and football. He went on to play football at Lindenwood College. He is currently the assistant coach for girl’s Varsity at South Side High School. The three things David does best as a trainer are motivate the kids, demonstrate and work to build their confidence. The reason that David does this is to help kids grow on and off the court. The workouts that he holds require discipline, motivation, and effort. In life you need all these things to be successful. David was at Always 100 from day 1. He has been with Vernard from the start. The two of them used to work in a small gym, training up to 50 kids by themselves. He and Vernard share the same vison of helping kids become successful on and off the court. David’s role within the business is to help kids improve in everyday life. On the court he will motivate, demonstrate and build confidence. Off the court he will be that big brother that will share his life experiences on getting where he is today. Some of the best players that he ever coached are: Shala Jackson - Indiana All-Star, Illinois State, Sydney Weinert - Indiana All-Star, IPFW/ University of Indianapolis Ariana Simmons - Indiana All-Star, IPFW, Lakyn Gulley - Cal State Fullerton, Brittni Clopton - Walsh University, Brittany Johnson - Georgia State.