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We are excited to announce our new partnership with The Institute Basketball Academy.  Matt Barnett and his staff are ready to help the Littleton Thunder take our program to the next level.  The Thunder program will benefit from The Institute’s professional coaching and their amazing facility.  Our partnership includes a coaching clinic, players clinic, free use of their gym for Thunder home games and a special membership rate for all Thunder basketball players to prepare for this season.


 Here are the upcoming events at The Institute Basketball Academy.. The links to our site are all attached.  We would love to see Thunder players there!


NEW** Big Shot Basketball Academy April 2nd

The Institute brings you a brand new program created by Mr. Big Shot himself, Chauncey Billups, for Kids ages 4-14.  This program is for all kids who want to improve their game in an effective, progressive way and get them ready for higher level club and high school programs. 

Big Shot Basketball Academy is a training academy designed to guide young players from beginners to advanced through a system of measurable fundamentals.  Players must complete increasing levels with both written and skill based testing, with each full level taking 1 year of quarterly progressions to complete.  After completing each quarterly 12-week program, players will achieve a progress badge to be worn and added to their jerseys.   All levels will have a specific curriculum designed to build a foundation of learning and progress.  After completing the final level, athletes will graduate from the entire Big Shot Basketball Academy and will have the opportunity to meet Chauncey at their ceremony.




Basketball specific conditioning and skills training, focusing on mind-body connection to help the player reach their optimal performance level. The class curriculum has been designed by expert performance coach Des Wilford and Director of Basketball Matt Barnett. Each class will be lead by Coach Wilford, who has training experience with players from high school top 100 to NBA elites.

Class Details

  • All classes will be conducted on the Chauncey Billups Court at the Institute
  • Players will have a ball in their hands the entire hour
  • Areas of focus are agility, jump training, lateral movement, hand-eye coordination, acceleration, deceleration, balance, and core strength
  • The class will use Spalding training tools like weighted balls, ball sleeves, and dribbling goggles
  • Players can expect to use foot ladders, hurdles, and resistance bands
  • Each class will start with a motivational quote to increase focus and get players to LOCK IN before the 1 hour long class


The Institute and South Suburban Parks and Recreation have teamed up again to offer a 3-day spring break basketball camp!

This basketball camp is for beginner to intermediate players from K-5th grade boys and girls.

Date: March 28 - March 30

Location: Goodson Recreation Center 6315 S University Blvd, Centennial, CO 80121

Session 1: K-1st Grade 1:30 - 2:30pm

Session 2: 2nd - 3rd Grade 2:30 - 3:30pm

Session 3: 4th - 5th Grade 3:30 - 4:30pm



The Institute and South Suburban Parks and Recreation have teamed up again to offer a 4-day spring break basketball camp! 

This camp is for intermediate to advanced players from 4th to 8th grade boys and girls. In the morning the professional staff at the Institute will focus on skills and drills.  After our lunch break, players will play 3v3 and 4v4 to apply the skills they have learned in a game situation.

Dates: March 27 - March 30

Location: The Institute- 1060 Plaza Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm *Players need to bring their lunches

Price: $199 Resident/ $210 Non-Resident

Matt Barnett
Director of Basketball



We are excited about the partnership with The Institute Basketball Academy.  Many of you have called and set up you free trail.  Here is a quick video to give you a better idea of what they are about.  Thanks.





Matt Barnett
Director of Basketball


Meet The Coaches of The Institute


The Institute Location