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The Founders 

Who We Are

Marcel Smith 


Marcel Smith is a Detroit-based young professional and multi-faceted entrepreneur. A native of Detroit, Marcel returned to the city in 2016 after completing his master’s in business at Houston Baptist University, where he played basketball. Marcel’s speed on the court has led to success on the scoreboards but it is his intellectual swiftness, natural leadership ability and propensity for people that allows him to achieve in the other facets of his life and work. Marcel is the published author of The Balance: A Guide for Student-Athletes and demonstrates the importance of balancing all aspects of life in all that he does including managing The Family Basketball Organization, mentoring youth through the Detroit Stars/ Cares Program, and training schools and organizations with Essential Colors. Currently, he is in the LDP program with Chick-fil-A Inc. 


Lee Bailey II 


Lee Bailey is a passionate and inspiring yoga teacher based in Los Angeles, CA. Before yoga Lee grew up a multi sport athlete eventually earning a basketball scholarship to play at the college level. Once his playing career was over he moved on to coaching and that is when he truly realized his passion for service. This passion led to Lee serving as a mentor and founder of NextUp Basketball camp. Currently working in the sports business field it was the physical benefits of the practice that first peaked his interest, but the mental and spiritual aspect of the yoga practice that kept him coming back.  Lee fully dove into yoga when he moved in took the Live in Discovery Yoga Teacher Training under admired yoga teachers Renee Canzoneri and Marie Gujicic. 

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