History of LTD
'01: Brad Mann followed God's lead in beginning a sports ministry for youth. He started out hosting a small basketball camp in his hometown of Riverton, Kansas. Throughout his life, Brad has always been a "dreamer" and he believed in accomplishing the improbable. His love for the game of basketball as well as passion for people to know Jesus Christ, lead to the start of Livin' The Dream. LTD's inaugural youth basketball camp had over 50 participants.
'02: Livin' The Dream moved headquarters to the larger metropolitan area of Kansas City. Here we began hosting one-day basketball clinics throughout the Midwest and providing private instruction to youth all over the Kansas City metro area. LTD also became heavily involved in providing private and small group instruction to Kansas City area youth.
'03: Brad followed God's lead in developing a Men's traveling Exhibition basketball team. The team was recruited and made up of former college and professional players. The team traveled to colleges throughout the Midwest to help teams prepare for their upcoming seasons and to effectively witness for Christ. Livin' The Dream also conducted a four-day basketball camp on an Indian reservation in Owyhee, Nevada.
'04: Livin' The Dream added a few new projects to the menu. Brad noticed that many junior high age youth were behind in their athletic and spiritual development. He felt that he could help give them develop a sense of direction and self-confidence that would enable them to reach new levels. This lead to the start of a Livin' The Dream Youth team comprised of players from all over the Kansas City area.
'05: Brad felt God lead him to take Livin' The Dream worldwide by starting an International Exhibition team. The team was recruited and made up of current and former college athletes that would travel to play against foreign professional teams in Spain with hopes of once again using basketball as a platform to witness for Christ on a much larger scale.
'06: Livin’ The Dream expanded its’ youth programming to include the High School level. Two competitive traveling teamscomprised of talent from various Kansas City area schools worked during the summer months to improve individual and team skills while competing against top competition from across the Midwest.
'07: Livin’ The Dream continued to expand programming by adding a third High School level team, and a Women’s Exhibition team that would compete against top-level college competition. The LTD Men’s Exhibition team made its’ second international tour to compete against top European competition and to conduct basketball clinics for youth in the countries of Holland and Spain.
’08: Livin’ The Dream competed in the Kansas City Summer Pro League against current NBA and International Professionals as well as current collegiate athletes. Livin’ The Dream also began a relationship with the incarcerated by traveling to the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas to play goodwill games against inmates and to share faith in Christ.
’09: Livin’ The Dream partnered with The Chapel of Akron, Ohio and "Dribble 4 Destiny" of Greenville, South Carolina to complete its’ third international tour to compete against top European competition and to conduct basketball clinics for youth and the incarcerated in the country of France. The team played seven games in nine days and posted a five win, two- loss record.
'10: Entering it's 10th year, Livin' The Dream continued to poor time and resources into helping ministry partners like The Urban Scholastic Center and The InnerChange Freedom Initiative become successful in the community.
'11: Livin' The Dream developed a new strategy to reach out to young Men and Women in the Kansas City area by starting the DREAM LEAGUE NCAA Summer Pro-Am. DREAM LEAGUE provided a highly competitive sanctioned league for Men and Women to compete during the summer months. The first year saw 85 Men compete on 7 teams. The Women's league was canceled due to lack of interest.
'12: 2012 was a great year, but had it's fair share of challenges. The year started off well with our Youth Program, but did not end well as we experienced the death of one of our star High School players. It was also a year that LTD founder Brad Mann endured his second battle with Cancer and Chemotherapy. The DREAM LEAGUE Summer Pro-Am saw great interest as nearly 200 Men competed over the course of the summer. Due to the increase in participants, the event was moved to a new location called The Fieldhouse of KC. It experienced a lot of community interest with upwards of 500+ spectators in attendance each week. The Men's Exhibition team celebrated their 10th season and the Women's Exhibition team celebrated their 7th season.
'13: LTDsaw tremendous growth once again. The DREAM LEAGUE Summer Pro-Am had 28 Teams, nearly 350 Male & Female participants & averaged 2,000 spectators each night which helped make it the biggest and most successful venture yet for LTD. LTD also partnered with FCA-Ukraine and competed against professional teams in Ukraine and Poland. The team was comprised of former college players and finished undefeated at 9-0 en route to also seeing many lives changed for Christ.
'14: LTD continued to capitalize on the relationships that have been developed over the years nationally and internationally. The DREAM LEAGUE Summer Pro-Am grew to serve over 400 Male & Female participants while seeing an increase in spectator attendance as well.
'15: LTD developed new community partnerships to impact Youth in the Kansas City area with the City of Lenexa Parks & Recreation Department and Freedom Fire Ministries.