MeanStreets basketball was started by Tai Streets in 2001. Tai was still playing in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, but during the off season he was committed to mentoring young men. He chose basketball because he loved the game and wanted to push young men to be great on and off the court as his old coaches did for him. The overall concept of MeanStreets Basketball began in when he decided to build a championship brand in the Chicago area. In year three MeanStreets won the AAU National Championship. The brand rose to the top of the basketball world when they won the ever elusive Peach Jam championship in 2006 led by Derrick Rose.
Today the organization has grown to be one of the top grassroots basketball programs in the country solidified by winning many championship titles. MeanStreets basketball has alumni that includes notable NBA stars, Collegiate All Americans, National Champions, and McDonald's All-Americans, such as Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis, Patrick Beverly, Tyler Ulis, Darius Bazley, and Kendrick Nunn. Our program has helped hundreds of student athletes obtain millions of dollars in collegiate scholarships while achieving their dream of playing college basketball and gaining a higher learning degree. Many of our alumni have gone on to play professional basketball overseas as well.