Gem City Heat is a 501c3 non-profit youth basketball organization that was founded in 2019 by Jonathan Washington, a Dayton, OH resident who has built a career helping the youth in the Dayton community develop spiritually, mentally, physically, and athletically. After gaining experience working with some of the top basketball organizations in the city, Coach Washington decided to create his own program to help student athletes develop as all around leaders of tomorrow.
Our mission at Gem City Heat is to develop each student athlete's mind, body, and spirit on and off the court. Which means, providing athletic training and coaching, as well as, mentoring, talent development, and spiritual guidance.
Our mission also includes:
Providing opportunities for youth to be active, physically fit, and healthy.
Teaching proper sports techniques for the prevention of sports related injuries.
Removing economic barriers to participation in elite youth sports.
Bridging demographic divides through common interests in sportsmanship and competition.
Teaching sportsmanship, teamwork, and accountability, while developing individual talent, character, discipline, and leadership.
Encouraging the players to have a love for basketball, others, and themselves.
Training and coaching with professional coaches and staff dedicated to helping each student reach their full athletic potential.
Partnership with a professional talent development program, enlisted to assist each student athlete in discovering their God given gifts and talents and how to grow them.
One on one relationships with each student athlete to ensure overall success on the court, in school, and at home.
As a Christian based organization, it is our mission to ensure each student athlete is able to receive spiritual guidance as needed.