Who we are and how we got to the Top of the Key

Play with H.E.A.R.T.



How we got to the Top of the Key

Top of the Key began in 1992. We provide year-round support for coaches, athletes, parents, schools, and youth organizations.

Our purpose is to develop the athletic, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions of athletes and coaches through training, camps, clinics, certification programs, motivational speaking, and consulting.

Coach Debbie

Debbie is a multi-talented and dynamic individual. It’s her strong faith, love of the game, and commitment to young people that drives her vision at Top of the Key. She still holds several College basketball records, and she’s a Hall of Famer. Her career as an international pro enabled her to play in Europe and South America. Debbie even helped Pioneer the American Basketball League and served as a general manager for the Atlanta Glory.

In addition to many years of experience as an educator and coach, Debbie consults with church sports programs and is a much sought after motivational speaker. She currently directs the basketball leagues at Clairmont Presbyterian Church (that includes 66 teams) and Haygood United Methodist Church (that hosts 92 teams) for young athletes from Pre-K to seniors in High School.

In January 2013, Debbie launched her first children’s book of the series, “Play With H.E.A.R.T.” These colorful, entertaining books focus on both character and skill development for young children. These books are ideal for inspiring and teaching boys and girls in grades K-5th.

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Top of the Key Team

How we vet our coaches

We’re committed to creating a friendly, safe, and uplifting environment for our students. That starts with our coaches.
To make sure that Top of The Key coaches are “top of the shelf” in quality, we vet them during the hiring process, to make sure they are the role-models we’d want our own kids to hang around and learn from.

It doesn’t end there. Our founder Debbie Miller-Palmore compiled over 20 years of proven techniques and experience to create her coach training resources. In order to bring out the best in young athletes our coaches are required to complete those resources. If you want in on one of the greatest secrets to our long-term success as company. Sign up for all of our online courses.

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