Jr. NBA Coach of the Year finalist, Oscar “OJ” Pelt. Oscar is one of three finalists for the award that will be handed out Wednesday, June 10. The Jr. NBA and Positive Coaching Alliance partnered together to create a program designed to honor influential youth basketball coaches and the impactful work that they do for our game. The Jr. NBA Coach of the Year award is given to a youth basketball coach nominated by an NBA, WNBA, or G League team who is making a positive impact on youth by demonstrating outstanding integrity, character and leadership.

Oscar Pelt (31) has been a youth basketball coach at the Fred Roberts Recreation Center in Los Angeles for the past 14 years. In an area where families struggle to get by and children are often exposed to violence, Oscar has helped teach many young boys and girls the fundamentals and the mental fortitude that the game of basketball can provide. In order to help the families of his players, Oscar makes it a priority to make trips to his local food bank to ensure all parents have enough food to feed their children, while also working with organizations that provide basketball shoes to those in need. Oscar is an excellent role model, mentor and teacher to countless young lives in the city of Los Angeles and is a well deserving finalist for the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year.