LETS or LIFE EDUCATION THROUGH SPORTS is an alternative education and skills developing non-profit organization founded by the Scott Family and lead by Retired Phoenix Suns Legend, Alvin Scott. The Scott Family has deep ties to South-East Tennessee and the Cleveland-Bradley County area. LETS is all about giving back to the community and helping young men and women to learn and develop on the basketball court. Through coaching and mentorship, the Scott Family desires to reach the youth of South-East Tennessee in a relatable and caring way.
Alvin Scott was born on September 14, 1955 in Cleveland, TN. He attended Bradley High School from 1969 – 1973 where he averaged almost 18 rebounds per game and 6 blocked shots with a 14 points per game average. Alvin was inducted into the Bradley Central Boys Basketball Hall of Fame in the very first class. His #3 jersey is retired at BCHS.
Upon graduation from Bradley, he attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education. While playing basketball at Oral Roberts, Alvin held the season high record for blocked shots and held that record for 25 years. Alvin also held the field goal percentage for the 1977 season and was later inducted into the Oral Roberts University Hall of Fame.
After graduating from Oral Roberts University, Alvin was drafted by the Phoenix Suns
where he played professional basketball with the NBA for eight years from 1977 to 1985. The Suns made the playoffs each year of his career.
Alvin has recently retired from Southwest Gas in Phoenix, AZ after 29 years of employment where he enjoyed the challenges that arose daily in his position as Lead Construction Specialist.
Alvin is a proud father of three daughters and one granddaughter that make their home in Phoenix. He is a member the Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church and is an active member of the Phoenix Suns Alumni and the NBA Retired Players Association.
Gloria Deathridge was born in Cleveland, Tennessee. She is a 1971 graduate of Bradley Central High School where she played basketball under the late Coach Jim Smiddy. As a Bradley Bearette, Gloria was selected to the All District, All Regional, and Sub-State teams and was a member of the 1970 State Basketball Championship team. The number 13, which she wore during her time at Bradley, was retired and now hangs from the rafters of the gymnasium. After high school, Gloria played for the University of Tennessee where she had the opportunity to play against the Russians as a member of the Eastern Region U.S.A. All-Star team. Gloria is a member of the Lady Vols Basketball Alumni program.
She received her B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of TN in Knoxville. She retired in January 2005 from the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville as a Business Analyst. Gloria now works as an Affiliate Broker for Realty Executives Associates and is a member of the Knox County Board of Education.
Gloria has served and continues to serve on several community Boards and organizations throughout the Knoxville area including Vice Chair/Executive Secretary for the Project Grad-Knoxville, Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and a member of the Knoxville Chapter of Links, Incorporated.
Gloria is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church where she serves on the Finance Committee. She is the wife of Mark Deathridge and they have two children: Markeisha and Devin.
Terry Scott was born in Cleveland, Tennessee where he attended College Hill High and Bradley Central High Schools. He is a member of the Bradley Central High class of 1966. Terry, along with his brother Levi, were the first African Americans to participate in sports in the history of Bradley County.
Upon graduating from Bradley, Terry attended Middle Tennessee State University where he excelled in both Basketball and Track. He graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor Degree in Business and soon after graduation he began his coaching career at Oral Roberts University (ORU). While at ORU, Terry received his MS in Education Administration and acquired post graduate credits toward his doctorate. In 1982, after leaving ORU, he became the head track coach at Booker T. Washington High School. In 1986, Terry was offered and accepted a position as the boys head coaching at Tulsa Central High and in 2008 moved on to be the boys coach at Muskogee High School. Terry retired in 2012 from Muskogee as an Assistant Principal.
As a coach, Terry won over 470 games and three state championships. He is a three time recipient of the State Coach of the Year Award and was inducted into the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Terry is known all over the Midwest for efforts in running and working basketball camps at major universities.
Terry is a member of the Tulsa Tournament of Champions and the Bradley County Hall of Fame. He retired in 2012 and is the father of five children. Terry now resides in Muskogee, Oklahoma with his wife Ashley and daughter Ashtyn and attends First Baptist Church of Muskogee.
Levi Scott was born and raised in Cleveland, TN where he attended College Hill Grade School through the 9th grade. He then transferred to Bradley Central High School where he helped integrate the school system and was a standout athlete in various sports including basketball and track. While in high school, Levi was offered the opportunity to try out for a semi-pro baseball team in Cincinnati, OH but decided to stay in Cleveland and complete his high school education. After graduating from Bradley, he attended Cleveland State Community College where he played basketball and later joined the City of Cleveland fire department where he retired after 35 years.
Levi was also known as an outstanding softball homerun hitter on several teams and was selected to numerous all-star teams. He worked in management at Auto Zone in Cleveland for 18 years. He is a member of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church in Chattanooga where he sings in the Men’s Choir. Levi is married to Monica Jones Scott and a proud father of six children.
CONTACT US TODAY
- ACCEPTING: boys and girls ages 8-15
- DATES: July 18-21, 2023
- CONTACT: 602-702-9657
- COST: FREE
- Bradley Central High School
- 1000 S Lee Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37311
- For Donations:
- LETS, P.O. Box 5952, Cleveland, TN 37311
Scott Family Basketball Camp
Life Education Through Sports (LETS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) committed to teaching life skills to children through sports programs.