"Coaching Today's Youth to Become Coachable"

Emmanuel Manny Harris "Coach Manny"

Emmanuel Manny Harris was born on April 21st, 1976. He was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia in northern Henrico County.  Emmanuel had a love for basketball at a young age practicing daily at Pine Camp Park. As he grew older, he enhanced his skills playing AAU against players such as Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Keven Gamet, Andre Miller, Tony Rutland, and Vince Carter to name a few. By the time he reached high school, he was a star basketball player at Henrico High School coached by Guy David from 1992-1995. Coach Manny dedicates his skills and the person he is today to his mother Sheila Tate, grandmother Florence Tate, and one of his coaches, Coach Crump from Pine Camp Recreation in Richmond, VA.

As years progressed, Emmanuel wanted to pass down his basketball skills and train his son and daughter in the same park he loved to play growing up (Pine Camp). He would train his son and daughter every Saturday and after about a month, other children started to become interested and participate. Among some of these children that participated, were children that had behavioral issues, from low-income families, and even some that suffered from domestic abuse in their homes. Emmanuel realized that the basketball training he was providing for his own children could tremendously help at-risk inner city youth.  This sparked Manny’s decision to start an organization called BTKQS
(BlackTop Kings and Queens Basketball Academy).