Executive Director Maureen “Mo” Holohan is 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. During her junior year, she won The Randolph Hearst Journalism Award for feature writing, otherwise known as the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism, for a feature story she wrote for the Chicago Reader called “Hip Hop Cops: Slick Boys Rap with a Purpose.”
After graduating from Northwestern with a degree in journalism and a minor in urban studies, Maureen played professional basketball briefly in Greece, Hungary and Israel. She returned to the United States with rough drafts of her young adult sports series of books called, The Broadway Ballplayers. No publisher would publish the series, so Maureen set out on her own to tell the stories of young players who grew up loving sports on Broadway Avenue. Within five years, Maureen visited 150 schools and sold over 110,000 copies. Book #4: Sideline Blues was a finalist for The Publisher’s Association Young Adult Book of the Year. Simon & Schuster bought the rights to the seven-book series in 2000.
Without knowing anyone outside of her CYO friend/opponent at Columbia University and her sister, who was working in Manhattan, Maureen moved to New York City to be an English and history teacher, and to expand her career as a freelance writer for Women’s Health, Elle Magazine, USA Today and The Chicago Tribune. In 2007, she wrote and produced a short film entitled Money Game with TV stars Tom Cavanagh, Judy Greer, Michael Ian Black and Richard Kind. She’s been inducted to the Boys and Girls Club National Hall of Fame, the Troy High Hall of Fame and the New York State Section II Hall of Fame. Maureen spent one season as the interim head coach at Kendall College in Evanston, IL, and she’s taught English at private and public schools in Chicago, Albany and New York City.
In 2009, 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. Mo’ Motion and GBA were named as the January 2017 JR NBA Program of the Month. 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 players who have become college players (Division I-III and JUCO). 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 four months so she could improve her shooting, finishes and overall training plan before playing professionally in Italy. Within two years, Pallas not only earned a spot on the 2021 Nigerian Olympic team, she started in the 2021 Olympic Games, and is still starting on the team as it participates in World Cup and FIBA competitions. Maureen is also the author and creator of The Jump Shot and Activity Analysis System patent, which she uses in doses and phases for grade school and high school up through college and professional players.
Maureen’s recent endeavors include marathon swimming, and the promotion of civil rights, activism and voter turnout both locally and nationally. Before the pandemic, Mo’ Motion donated new rims and boards to Riverside Park at West 76th Street, which have served over hundreds of thousands of New York residents at time when kids and adults had few to no safe options to play and exercise safely. (Read more here on 12-plus years of contributions Mo’ Motion has made to the basketball community). Maureen spent time during the pandemic volunteering for at food banks, blood drives and at Riverside Park Conservancy. She also recently studied for and completed her New York State Emergency Medical Technician exam, and has spent two night shifts a week in the winter riding for a private company in the Bronx.