Sky Selects Attack Athletics as Official Training Facility

The Sky have announced that Attack Athletics will be the team’s new practice facility, beginning with training camp in April. The $15 million, 60,000 square foot, state-of-the-art training center opened in August, 2007, and features four NBA/WNBA regulation courts with bleacher seating for 1000, a comprehensive weight room, rehabilitation clinic, training pool and locker rooms.

Attack is located at 2641 W. Harrison in Chicago, just West of UIC Pavilion, where the Sky games are played. The facility was developed by athletic trainer Tim Grover, world famous for his research and methodologies for training professional athletes. Grover has trained four of the NBA’s greatest players: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen and Hakeem Olajuwon.

The Sky will use Attack for training camp, in-season practices and training, as well as events and clinics. The Sky will also participate in Attack Athletics’ Girl Pro Elite Training, for high school and college female athletes who are serious about improving their basketball skills.

“We are thrilled that our world-class athletes will have access to a world-class training facility,” said Sky Head Coach and GM Bo Overton. “Attack is on its way to being the unofficial headquarters for Chicago basketball.”

“We are so pleased to be the training home for the Sky athletes,” said Tim Grover, CEO and owner of Attack Athletics. “Our facilities were designed with professionals in mind, and we look forward to helping the Sky players improve their game and take their place among Chicago’s championship teams.”

Tim Grover founded Attack Athletics in 1989. He played NCAA Division 1 basketball at University of Illinois-Chicago, and earned a BS in Kinesiology and an MS in Exercise Science, writing his master’s thesis on the effects of strength training on selected basketball skills. In 1989, an NBA team physician introduced Grover to Michael Jordan, who was looking for a trainer for the off-season. Word traveled fast among professional athletes that Jordan’s trainer had made a difference in his physique and his game, and Grover began training other athletes during the basketball off-season, including Dwyane Wade, Juwan Howard, Michael Finley, Elton Brand, Quentin Richardson, Corey Maggette, Eddy Curry, Antoine Walker, Kobe Bryant, Andre Iguodala, and Alex Rodriguez. Grover has since written a training guide, Jump Attack and he opened the new Attack Athletics training facility in August, 2007.

Moody Bible Institute’s Solheim Center was the Sky’s training facility for its first two seasons.