About Fireheart basketball school

We are certified/licensed by USA Basketball.

All FireHeart coaches have been trained and certified by USA Basketball. This is the same USA Basketball organization that you see play in the Olympics and in other national and international competitions with elite level players.

As an affiliate of USA Basketball our program will be provided with resources that other clubs and youth sports organizations do not have access to.

Teaching character through basketball to make lives better.

Fireheart Basketball School

What is FireHeart Basketball School?

FireHeart Basketball School is an ongoing basketball instructional school and youth basketball personal training focused on skill development and character education. We serve youth athletes of all ages and skill levels. The only requirements are a love for the game of basketball, a positive attitude, and a willingness to work very hard. We have sessions and groups for beginner, intermediate, and advanced/elite level basketball players. We model our instruction on evidence-based teaching and learning strategies combined with the most effective basketball training methods. Class sessions are designed to teach and check-for-understanding of all skills in a weekly “mini” basketball instructional camp format.

We are certified/licensed by USA Basketball and all coaches/staff have formal athletic experience and/or extensive professional educator experience. Our Executive Director/Head Coach has 20 years of K-12 teaching and coaching experience as well as 2 master’s degrees in education and a principal’s certificate and a superintendent’s certificate. Our other staff has a combined 35 years of teaching and coaching experience as well as formal degrees in elementary and secondary education as well as master’s degrees in physical education and special education. Our advisory board has members who all have extensive backgrounds in education, athletics, business, and military experience. 

Why Fireheart basketball school?

Rewards through…


Hard work


Earning achievement






Fair Play


Overcoming adversity


Never giving up




Learning "grit"

what parents and players are saying

Parent & player Testimonials

“This year, our son will begin his fourth year with FireHeart Basketball. As parents, we cannot say enough good things about it. Over the years, our children have been a part of various programs and there is just no comparison as far as quality goes. It has been apparent since day one that basketball is Chris Jackson’s passion and he is genuine in his efforts to share this knowledge with the kids he is training. It has been fun to watch our son over the years as his skills have improved, along with his self-confidence. We are so thankful that our son has the opportunity to be a part of FireHeart and highly recommend it to other parents.”

Stephanie and Devin Taylor

(long time FireHeart parents)

This basketball program is top notch! Not only are they (the coaches) teaching the basic fundamentals of the sport, but also teaching my children to be respectful, responsible, and team-oriented. Coach Jackson puts his heart and passion into making sure all the kids work hard, challenge themselves, learn from the coaches/players, and have fun. My son and daughter have both been a part of this great organization since it first started, and I think it’s been a great experience for our entire family. Go FireHeart!”

Becca Riccardi

(former college basketball player and FireHeart parent)

“Coach Jackson took his love and passion for the game of basketball and instilled it in me. He taught me the simple strategy and skillful fundamentals of the game, which lead me to great success on the court. He wasn’t just a coach for basketball- he was one for life as well. He stressed the importance of discipline, hard work, successes and failures, and how all are intertwined into not just wins and losses but developing who you are as a person. Whether it’s on the court or off, Coach Jackson will hold you accountable, responsible to not just yourself but your team. Coach Jackson is also always there to help/assist you along the way. He truly wants you to succeed in a game that’s bigger than basketball- the game of life. I highly recommend Coach Jackson to anyone dedicated to transforming into the best they can be, not just on the court, but off the court as well.” 

Dr. Megan Placencia

(Physical therapist and former Arizona all-state player and college basketball player)


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