Manny Hendricks Jnr  [Collingwood All Stars]
 
"Mentoring: Building Leaders for the Future"
 
His journey to Australia shows his determination to leave a legacy, through his work with the players and coaches at Collingwood All Stars. Manny will outline the steps needed to successfully mentor people, to create the leaders of tomorrow.
 
Manny wants to make a difference on and off the court for the All Stars. ‘’During my time in Australia I have had a lot of success on the court, but what I am most proud of is the impact I have made off the court. In 2012, I founded a reading program called ‘Reading is Fundamental’ to encourage and promote reading among primary school children, especially those about to enter high school. Many sponsors backed the program and with the support of the Big V, it was elevated to new heights.’’
 
Hendrix, who has a 201cm wingspan, made the 2015 and 2016 Division 2 Big V All Star Five and won the 2016 MVP Award.  He led Collingwood All Stars into the finals during his first season in the team’s second year.
 
Manny had tryouts with four NBA teams after graduating with a communications degree from Indiana Tech University.  He credits his father for the inspiration to pursue his basketball at the highest level.  His father, Manuel, played 89 games for the Dallas Cowboys during 1986-91, lining up at cornerback despite not playing at college. He is currently Director of Athletic Relations there.
 
Manny will be accompanied by Mark Bloodworth – “with over twenty year’s experience partnering with leaders of SME, corporate and local government organisations, I have helped these businesses secure the right people and get the best performance from their teams.” 
 
Manny will share his story of what drove him toward excellence and the roadblocks he encountered.
 
His journey to Australia shows his determination to leave a legacy. Through his work with the players and coaches at Collingwood All Stars, Manny will outline the steps needed to successfully mentor people, to create the leaders of tomorrow.
His journey is fascinating and his passion to encourage development inspirational.
 
Manny will be accompanied by Mark Bloodworth – “with over twenty year’s experience partnering with leaders of SME, corporate and local government organisations, I have helped these businesses secure the right people and get the best performance from their teams.” 
 
Manny Hendrix Jr, had tryouts with four NBA teams after graduating with a communications degree from Indiana Tech University.  He credits his father for the inspiration to pursue his basketball at the highest level.  His father Manuel played 89 games for the Dallas Cowboys during 1986-91, lining up at cornerback despite not playing at college, where he was a stellar basketballer at the University of Utah. He is currently Director of Athletic Relations there.
 
 Manny wants to make a difference on and off the court for the All Stars. ‘’During my time in Australia I have had a lot of success on the court, but what I am most proud of is the impact I have made off the court,’’ said the 28 year old, who was born in Phoenix, Arizona. ‘’I believe I have made a difference at every association I have been part of. In 2012, I founded a reading program called ‘Reading is Fundamental’ to encourage and promote reading among primary school children, especially those about to enter high school. Many sponsors backed the program and with the support of the Big V, it was elevated to new heights.’’
 
“I want to be part of what Collingwood is building and play a role in helping them fulfil their potential and leave a legacy across all their programs,’’ Hendrix said.  ‘’The club and the venue has a very family oriented feel to it. This is important as I want to bring not only my basketball abilities to the club, but also my ability to connect with the kids and teenagers so I can share my life experiences with them to help influence them to make better life choices in the long run.’’
 
Hendrix, who has a 201cm wingspan, made the 2015 and 2016 Division 2 Big V All Star Five and won the 2016 MVP Award.  He led Collingwood All Stars into the finals during his first season in the team’s second year. He has bought plenty of excitement to the All Stars both on the court and whilst running holiday and before-school programs, working with High Performance Program participants and assisting with player and coach development.