To former Dickson County basketball star JP Primm, “WHBH” is not just the name of the program he runs. It’s a lifelong motto.
“It started off as a motto going into my professional career”, said Primm, “it doesn’t just pertain to basketball. It pertains to life in general”.
WHBH stands for “Work Hard, Be Humble”. It is also the name of Primm’s after school program in Dickson County. Most residents of Dickson County may remember Primm from his days playing basketball and football for Dickson County High School until graduating in 2008. Primm then went on to play point guard at UNC Asheville, where he racked up over 1600 career points and 600 assists, as well as leading the Bulldogs to two NCAA tournament appearances.
After his college career, Primm went overseas to play professionally, making stops in France, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, and the Netherlands. Primm knew he wanted to help teach the game of basketball in the Dickson County community, but that soon turned into something more. “Once the basketball part of WHBH blew up with the ninety-something kids I had in the program, I was thinking of different ways of how I can impact not just the athletes”.
“I think dealing with kids, that’s my niche”.
JP in action with Den Helder in the Dutch Basketball League
Photo: Den Helder Kings
Although Primm’s background is largely in basketball, WHBH has an after school program as well, and kids have the option to participate in both. With an emphasis on academics, the after school program has tutors and even students of Dickson County High School that want a future in teaching come help the kids in the program. “There’s not too many programs that get mandatory homework done every night and checked. If they have a test on Friday, then we’re going to study on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday to prepare them for that”.
The program comes with incentives for the kids as well. “At the end of the week we reward them” said Primm, “last year we went to a Vanderbilt football game and rode up in a limousine. Something that rewards them for a great job throughout the week”.
While any kids in Dickson County can benefit from WHBH academically, there is still the opportunity to learn the game of basketball from a former professional as well. “Its been great because I want to reach out to as many kids in this community, especially that want to play college basketball. I want to do everything I can to help them try to get to the next level.”
Any parents interested in signing their child up for the WHBH basketball program can go to the website, and any parents interested in the WHBH academic program can reach out to JP on Facebook.