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Program Testimonials

what parents and players are saying

Parent & player Testimonials

“If you are looking for a basketball school that encompasses sportsmanship, team work, skills, and ability; then you have found the right place!  Coach Jackson is one of the best instructors in team sports!  We have witnessed the FireHeart Basketball coaching staff guide young people through the bumps in life, using lessons that can only be learned on the basketball court. They work WITH the kids and are always prepared, positive, and ready to help their players achieve success both on AND off the court. Both of our sons train at FireHeart basketball and they are developing not only as highly trained competitive basketball players, but exceptional young men!  You couldn’t ask for a better mentor than Coach Jackson!”

Amy & David Petersmarck

(long time FireHeart parents)

“Playing for coach Jackson and being a part of FireHeart was a great learning experience. Coach Jackson works hard to help all of his players become better athletes on and off the court. He takes a true interest in all of his players. FireHeart basketball is something I would suggest every student athlete to be a part of.”

Austin Cupell

(Mica Mountain High School basketball player)

“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)

“Coach Jackson coached my son, Brandon Burnett, in middle school. During that time their team won the league championship. Myself and my husband really appreciated Coach Jackson because what we saw was a coach that really was vested in the boys. Not only was he vested in the boys, Coach Jackson taught them how to work hard  and provided them with life skills that Brandon could learn from and continue to use as he continued to grow into a young man. It was more than just basketball to Coach Jackson. Brandon went on to play high school basketball also Division-1 college basketball at Indiana State. Brandon has had many coaches throughout his career of basketball and the one coach that he still speaks of and has much respect for is Coach Jackson.

We as Brandon’s parents often say that it would have been nice to have a coach of Coach Jackson’s magnitude throughout his career. Coach Jackson was not just a great coach he also showed the boys values, lessons, teamwork, and taught them that hard work pays off.” 

Toni Burnett

(mother of Indiana State and Tucson area basketball player Brandon Burnett)

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)

“As a parent, thank you so much for offering such a wonderful service to working mothers. You’re a great coach and I deeply value the time we’ve spent together and the progress you’ve helped me make in my life (as a parent). I wouldn’t be this far along in my goals or have this much courage to push forward without your support.”

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)

“So grateful for Fireheart Basketball School… Not only is it a great organization, it has one of the best coaches out there. Coach Jackson has been a great mentor to my son. Coach Jackson is passionate, inspiring, and makes sure the kids get some tough love, which is much needed now-a-days. Coach Jackson teaches his students to be better, disciplined, respectful, hard working (not only at basketball but at school and at home also), to have good morals, to be the best person they can be; all of this while having fun at the same time. I deeply value the time he has spent with my son, taking the time to know him and taking him under his wing.  Thank you FireHeart!!!”

Denisse Huicochea

FireHeart parent

“My family moved to Arizona just over 2 1/2 years ago and I wanted to find a basketball program but all my kids were beginners. I have three kids ages 11, 10 and 7. A friend recommended FireHeart. I looked up the program and was impressed by their structure and platform. FireHeart is a program that expects its coaches to be trained and certified. Coach Chris is not only an accomplished basketball coach but also a well respected school principal.

My son and daughter started in 2018. I was immediately impressed with the discipline and careful instruction shown by Coach Chris. He is highly demanding and constantly insists that the kids learn proper form. At the same time, the program combines life lessons with skill training. Coach Chris is firm and effective in his interest in each child succeeding. My kids came in as beginners but they have each progressed so much. I appreciate that students earn each compliment they receive. If they move forward, they understand that they deserve it because they have worked hard. He pushes them beyond what they think they can do. I know the skill enforced in Fireheart will stay with them in all aspects of their lives and I appreciate the care and time each of the coaches give to these kids. I have already recommended this program to others and will continue to share it with those that come to this community looking for athletic opportunities that push their children to not only become better athletes, but better people.”
Elizabeth Probst

(parent of three FireHeart students)

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