Tony Parker Opens Academy for Basketball, eSports, Music and Education in France

Tony Parker has been as busy as ever since retiring from the NBA at the end of the 2018-19 season. The former point guard for the San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets has started working in financial planning at NorthRock Partners, played with fellow future Hall of Famer Manu Ginobili in an exhibition game in China and turned his attention to running the French basketball team, ASVEL Basket, that he and Hornets forward Nicolas Batum own together.

This week, the Belgian-born 37-year-old officially made his move into education with the opening of the Tony Parker Adéquat Academy in Lyon, France. The Academy will serve as both a training center for ASVEL’s men’s and women’s teams, and an international school for students with the talent and aspiration to excel in specific fields, including basketball, eSports and music.

The Academy, which has been in the works since July 2018, caters to students of age 15 and older, and aims to help its attendees secure “a job offer at the end of your studies with the Adéquat employment Agency integrated within the Academy,” per its website.

Tony was, himself, the product of an academy in France. As a teenager, he attended the country’s esteemed National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (INSEP) before playing professionally for the club Paris Racing Basket and becoming a first-round pick of the Spurs in 2001. Tony would go on to earn six All-Star and four All-NBA selections while winning four NBA championships—including the 2007 Finals MVP—over 19 seasons in San Antonio before winding down his professional career in Charlotte. He was also integral to the French national team claiming four medals in FIBA EuroBasket competitions, including gold in Slovenia in 2013.

 

Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.