"One Family, One Vision, One Accord"

Panthers Basketball

Program Rosters


Registration Packet & Payment

Our Purpose

In 2009, in an effort to promote physical exercise, healthy dieting, and to fight against childhood/youth obesity IDM Founder, Victor Junious started our physical training and basketball program. The IDM Panthers use the sport of basketball to promote positive pro-social ties, provide physical exercise, strength training, an opportunity to play basketball on a competitive level, and more importantly, increase our participant’s level of self-worth. Through on-court sessions we focus on discipline and teaching our participants how to become productive members of society outside of the gym. Athletically, we do our best to prepare all of our participants for the “next level” by teaching the fundamentals of the sport.

Our program is open city-wide. Players are selected to participate through invitation by our coaching staff or by trying out for the program yearly in the month of March.  All teams are coached by experienced coaches who have played basketball on a competitive level or who have years of coaching experience. Our coaching staff has also been cleared through background checks completed by Cook County and the USA Basketball Association. Participation with USA Basketball allows our coaches and players to participate in sanctioned AAU tournaments during the Live Season.

For more information on the Panthers Program contact us at 

800-362-7925 or email us at [email protected].  

Mario Jackson, Program Director


[email protected] 

​​​​Coach Knighton Scholarship Fund​

The Coach Knighton Scholarship Fund is a funding opportunity for an active, in-season IDM Panther participant whose family has expressed financial hardships resulting in the inability to pay the required program fees.

The fund is named after our beloved coach, Adron Knighton, who served with the Panthers from 2010 until 2017 when he began to experience health challenges. Coach Knighton passed away in August of 2018 however; his legacy remains as we seek to build safer neighborhoods through positive relationships, opportunities, and experiences that promote hope in the lives of our youth.

To be considered for the scholarship the applying participant must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher at the time of applying and maintain at least a 2.0 for the duration of the season
  • Submit a one-page essay sharing the participant's future goals and explaining why they should receive scholarship
  • Mandatory participation in the program’s annual fundraiser(s)
  • Attend IDM’s annual benefit in October at which time the essay will be read and recipient will be announced

Contact Ms. Shannon Carroll via email ([email protected]) if you are interested in applying for the scholarship. The deadline to apply is April 8, 2022.   

If you would like to make a contribution to the scholarship fund please click the "Donate" button below. Contributions can also be made through Zelle by using our email address [email protected] 

Strolling Down Memory Lane

Old faces but same mission! 

One Family, One Vision, One Accord!