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Professional athlete to coordinate park district basketball program

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Jarryd Loyd, professional athlete and Eurocup competitor, has accepted the position of basketball coordinator for the Park District of Highland Park, a news release from the park district said. Loyd will be overseeing all aspects of the youth basketball program for grades 2-8 including the new “NBA All Stars League” for grades 1 and 2. 

Loyd began his career playing for Niles West High School where he led his team to a 23-6 record and earning All-State recognition from the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune. Loyd moved on to play Division One basketball for Valparaiso University. He went on to play professional basketball in the Eurocup competition. Loyd also played professionally in Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania and New Zealand, all at the age of 24. 

In 2011, Jarryd and Jewell Loyd developed the Loyd Sports Academy, a comprehensive development program designed to help players excel at the game. The Academy has developed seven Junior USA Basketball Olympians and 14 Division one players.

Loyd is now looking to give back to local communities. His duties at the Park District of Highland Park will include developing grade specific curriculums, organizing weekly practice plans, training coaches and ultimately providing a quality youth sports experience that will provide young athletes with the necessary tools to succeed on and off the court. 

“I am blessed and excited to serve the Highland Park community and the Park District as the basketball coordinator," Loyd said. "I value helping others to reach their greatest potential. I look forward to meeting parents and working with their children.”

Visit www.pdhp.org for more information about the Park District of Highland Park basketball program or contact Athletics Coordinator Brian Dumas at 847.579.3124 or bdumas@pdhp.org.

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