Maureen “Mo” Holohan is the executive director of Mo’ Motion, a 501(c)3 youth basketball, fitness and leadership non-profit in Manhattan. Tens of thousands of young adults — from recreational players to top high school players to college players and pros — have experienced the benefits of Mo’ Motion and our partner league, gothambasketball.com. In 2017, under Maureen’s leadership, The Gotham Basketball Association won the JR. NBA Program of the Year. Both programs have been the recipients of awards and grants from Sports NY-1, Good Sports and the Hoosie Martin Foundation.
Maureen has trained Mo’ Motion male and female players who have become college players (Division I-III and JUCO), professionals and Olympians. She recently trained player-in-residence and Nigerian and Northwestern graduate Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah. Pallas had just been cut by the WNBA when she arrived for training and living with Maureen in Harlem for three weeks to improve her shooting, finishes and overall training plan before playing professionally in Italy. Pallas ended up staying for almost three months before starting her journey to make the 2021 Nigerian Olympic team. Pallas ended up starting for the team, and has held her spot during her team’s participation in World Cup and FIBA competitions. (Here is a full list of alum that benefited from training by Maureen at Mo’ Motion.)
Maureen is also the author and creator of The Jump Shot and Activity Analysis System. Maureen applies her digital analysis, correction drills and training modules for more advanced and serious high school, college and professional players in her new Mo’ Motion EXCEL program.
As a player, Maureen was a former high school All-American (Troy, NY/Troy High School) and Class A New York State Champion and state MVP. Maureen received a full scholarship to Northwestern University. As a Wildcat, she earned All-Big Ten honors for three seasons while studying in the Medill School of Journalism where she won the Randolph Hearst Journalism award for feature writing. After graduating from Northwestern University, Maureen played professional basketball briefly in Greece, Hungary and Israel. She then returned back to Evanston, IL, where she started writing and publishing her young adult series, The Broadway Ballplayers.
In 2009, after moving to New York City and becoming a seventh grade English and history teacher, she started Mo’ Motion with a team of seventh grade boys. Today Mo’ Motion and the Gotham Basketball Association serve 750 boys and girls annually.
Maureen’s recent endeavors include activism, volunteerism, marathon swimming and duties as a New York State EMT. Before the pandemic, Maureen raised over $20,000 so that Mo’ Motion could donate new rims and boards to Riverside Park at West 76th Street. This contribution has enabled over hundreds of thousands of New York residents a safe place to play and exercise.
Read more here on 12-plus years of $700,000+ in contributions Mo’ Motion has made to the basketball community.
Maureen can be reached at [email protected]