Court-Side Moms

Court-Side Moms

Bright lights, centre court, multimillion dollar contracts and adoring fans. That’s what most of us imagine when we think of the world of professional athletes. But what is the story behind the images? What does the road to stardom look like? What does it take to get there? Who better to answer these questions and many more, than the moms who were there every step of the way.“Court-Side Moms” is the first of its kind to focus solely on the experiences of professional basketball player’s mothers, giving us a new perspective on the lives of some of our favorite athletes. We explore the thoughts, feelings and experiences of those moms who have watched their children join the elite world of pro sports. The joys, the challenges, the heart aches, the big and small moments that transformed their lives and those of their children. No one understands this better than Wendy Sparks, the mother of Toronto Raptors Center, Khem Birch and the host of Court-side Moms. Wendy will sit down with other basketball moms to hear their stories, creating the first platform for moms to kick back and chat about their kids, and to discuss the reality of raising high performance athletes.

Recent Episodes

June 30, 2022

Justin Champagnie's mom, Christina Champagnie

Justin Champagnie's mom, Christina Champagnie

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June 8, 2022

Janie Williams, Mother of Patrick Williams

Janie Williams, Mother of Patrick Williams

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May 17, 2022

Changing the Culture of Sports

Changing the Culture of Sports

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About the Host

Wendy Sparks

Host

How do you raise a professional athlete? That was a question that host Wendy Sparks didn't think she would know the answer to when raising her two sons, but was more than prepared to learn as each of them started their young athletic journeys, in basketball (Khem) and football (Dre). A strong and passionate woman of faith, Wendy puts her family first, and started "Court-side Moms" to showcase the other amazing women who have journeyed to the same spot, while taking very different pathways as their children became professional basketball players. She brings her spirit, joy and knowledge to each episode creating a warm environment for guests, an entertaining show for fans, and an excellent resource base for those parents who are just starting the journey with their own kids. Khem Birch from the Orlando Magic, is her son.

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