Thanks to two men and one app, the game of street ball will never be the same
Hundreds gathered at House of Music and Entertainment (H.O.M.E) in Beverley Hills May 24 for the opening tip-off of the new mobile, basketball app, Ballerz World. Ballerz World was created for the global basketball community. It helps players find local pick-up games, allow players to evaluate other players in their area and create teams.
Developed by two active duty naval officers, Kyle E. Cox and Nicholas S. Damuth, Ballerz World was designed to help their fellow service members during their brief leave of absence, find pick-up games and players around the base with enough skills to make the game fun.
Cox, an entrepreneur/marketer with semi-pro ball skills who has organized large-scale campaigns for athletes like Paul Pierce, and Yao Ming, approached Damuth, an international award winning programmer, with the game locator problem.
Together, the two conceived Ballerz World, which uses GPS positioning and player ranking to make it possible to find a local court with players of the same skill level who are ready to play. The process of developing such an app took a year and half to create due to interruptions with naval missions.
During its beta phase, the Ballerz World app received more than 10 awards, including the People’s Choice Award at the CES 2014 Mobile Apps Showdown and the Best GPS-Enabled App at the 2014 Best Mobile App Awards.
With the slogan, “Global Basketball Community” shortly behind the ‘Ballerz World’ title, Cox shared the importance of those three words.
“We described the app in those three words because, we know that’s what it will take to make this work, the entire community of half a billion ballerz worldwide making this app a staple in basketball.”
The soft launch party for this app was what the basketball world has been waiting for and to celebrate the launch, Ryan Hollins of the Sacramento Kings hosted the event; music was provided by the L.A. Clippers’ very own DJ Dense and an outstanding performance by Mally Mall’s artist, Ava Pearl. She sung her new single “All Eyes on Me,” featuring Mally Mall. The celebration lasted until 2 a.m. and all guests were given free gift bags filled with great Ballerz World goodies.
Ryan Hollins was eager to host for the launch party.
“I am looking forward to introducing the app to everyone and getting everyone up to speed because, there is nothing like this,” said Hollins. “There is an opportunity to find a park or gym to play at and finding someone at your level. I already have the app downloaded and ready to go.”
The app is currently available on Apple devices and Android users should expect the app to be available by the end of summer 2015. For now, non-Apple users can create an account at www.ballerzworld.com.
“What you see now is the bare minimum of what the app will offer. Every month we will be adding features like; new graphics, new courts in different countries, Uber, video uploads, and wearable tech integration just to name a few things,” said Damuth.
This is not the last of the Ballerz World co-founders, Cox and Damuth. They have plans to eventually branch out into other sports with a similar concept as Ballerz World. They also have dating apps, games, and contracting apps in the works.
For information on promos, contests and events regarding Ballerz World follow them on Instagram and twitter @Ballerzworld and using the hashtag #ballerzworld.