Talented youngster Kai Sotto is all set to open his Kaiju Academy, a sports academy that seeks to develop the potential of young athletes all over the world, in Hamilton, Ohio.
Even though the 7-foot-2 center is busy preparing to compete in the NBA G-League as part of the specially formed G League Elite Development Team, the Ateneo de Manila University high school product intends to pay it forward with an academy that he says, will train athletes to “play like a beast.”
“It is a dream come true to mentor young athletes globally. Kaiju is the Japanese term for monster, beast, strange creature, and it perfectly captures the ideal basketball competitor that I aim to be. Basketball isn’t easy and sometimes, it will knock you down more than it builds you up. I wanted my brand and my Academy to be about resilience,” Sotto was quoted as saying in a press release.
“The idea is that the Kaiju Academy teaches these young athletes to play 'like a beast' on the court and to be amazing men and women off the court. I want young men and young women to get the right experience, development, exposure and mentorships to become their best true self both mentally and physically and create an ecosystem of Kaijus that is healthy for all athletes and their families,” he added.
Sotto is not taking the conventional route to the big league. After a stellar high school career in the UAAP, Sotto went to the United States to train and then, decided to forego going to college, instead heading straight to the NBA’s developmental league — the G-League.
He is currently teammates with four other top draft prospects of his class, namely Filipino-American Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Daishen Nix and Isaiah Todd.
“It’s what I want my legacy to be and it’s imbedded deep in my soul. I want to give back to both young men and young women around the world who want to better themselves and reach their athletic dreams,” shared Sotto. (JNP)