The USBA began its primary operations at the current facility in 1997. The original working name was the National Basketball Academy until Bruce O’Neil and the late Wilt Chamberlin had a discussion sitting on a tree stump on the current property. They decided to replace National with United States, and the USBA was born. The organization was primarily formed to build a basketball camp on 46 acres of prime recreation property along the McKenzie River, 47 miles east of Eugene-Springfield, Oregon.
Over the years, the USBA has built the reputation as a premier summer basketball camp serving primarily Oregon and the surrounding states. The USBA has also become known as a year round basketball training facility for both coaches and teams from around the world. The organization’s reputation of excellence is based on years of developing innovative teaching concepts and teaching aids that have become the benchmark for basketball educational programs. All of these tools are incorporated in teaching stations throughout the camp.
Something very unique about the USBA is its growing status around the world, especially in Asia, as a premier provider of basketball education and services. By utilizing Bruce O’Neil’s existing relationships with the world’s top governing basketball bodies, as well as the strong base of internationally known advisors and faculty members in conjunction with the above mentioned teaching concepts, the USBA has built a platform to launch into many basketball related areas that could drive significant growth for the company.In addition, the Academy site is being marketed to church and business retreat groups as the McKenzie River Conference Center and is quickly becoming a very well known retreat destination in the Pacific Northwest.