“Greatness doesn’t live and die with one person alone, greatness lives on through the people around you that you’ve inspired.” My name is Kenny Woodard, and I am excited to set up this platform here at 24/8 Training. I have loved the game of basketball since elementary school, where we’d play knockout. I played at Terra Linda HS, where I had a successful high school career. We had a winning record and I received first team honors. However, I lost my mother at the age of 17 and as you can imagine, I had to weather many storms that life brought me. Because of this hardship, instead of going straight to a university, I decided to go to a junior college and played at Sacramento City College. Having persevered through so much at an early age, it caused me to develop the determination, drive, and heart to pursue anything that I put my mind to. I didn’t let people’s opinions of me being “under-sized” stop me, and ended up receiving a scholarship to Westminster College, a DII school in Utah. While in Utah, I had my beautiful daughter, Amora, who gives me motivation every day to be the best version of myself. Since college, I have been playing basketball professionally overseas in both Mexico and Puerto Rico. Basketball has taken me down a great path and is continuing to add to my journey. I’m thankful to still be able to play this game while also inspiring the next generation to pursue greatness. Basketball teaches you how to overcome obstacles, it instills a sense of confidence, discipline, determination, and hard work into each player. To elevate your game, you have to bring something different to the table, you have to bring the “Mamba Mentality.” I look forward to working with you all.
"Basketball has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was born in Oakland, CA, and raised in Vallejo. I went to junior college at Merritt College in Oakland, where I received a full ride scholarship to St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington. Basketball has granted me the opportunity to play all over the world. I have played in the G-League, Korea, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. I also have had the pleasure of working with the Golden State Warriors and NBA2K as a motion capture actor. My goal is to share my experience with the next generation in order to help them achieve their goals. Basketball is a life tool. I enjoy helping kids learn life skills through the art of basketball. One of my favorite quotes is, “Do not go where there is a path, but instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail.”
"Basketball has been much more than just a game to me. Being on the smaller side, I used to get picked on a lot, but basketball helped me to gain the confidence I needed to get through life. I'm originally from the Monterey Bay Area and went to Monte Vista Christian, where I had a successful high school career and went on to receive a scholarship to play at Simpson University. I enjoy helping others discover their love for the game, watching them improve, and achieve their goals. I value all the life lessons that I've learned from basketball and my coaches and I hope to pay that forward."
Corey Spears is one of the Bay Area’s top Strength and Conditioning Coaches with over 10 years of experience in youth and player skill development. He played college basketball at Norte Dame de Namur University, where he earned his Bachelor’s in Science. In addition, he is a two-time NPC Men’s Physique Competitor. Corey has worked not only as a skill development coach for the Golden State Warriors, but has also worked along side many other professional athletes from the NBA and overseas.