The Lansing Pharaohs is a professional basketball team in its debut year, and an official member of The Basketball League. Our goal is to provide spectacular, family friendly entertainment to the Greater Lansing area through fun and immersive game day experiences, engagement with local and youth organizations, and partnerships with thriving Mid-Michigan businesses. The Lansing Pharaohs believe the support of the people in our city is key to a successful season.
But Why the Pharaohs?
The Lansing Pharaohs take our name from the rich history of the word Lansing— which can be traced as far back as Ancient Egyptian texts! Our name is as impressive as our goal— to bring a unique and diverse experience fit for royalty not only to our fans in Lansing, but to the entire Midwest Conference.
Chris Jackson: Team Market Owner
Chris Jackson was previously a candidate for political office in his hometown of Pontiac, Michigan. Excited to explore entrepreneurial endeavors in a new & emerging market, Chris is an owner with the Sticky (Cannabis Operations) that is rapidly expanding in Michigan. He is the company’s leader of Government Relations, Social Equity Lead, and heads project expansion/management. His efforts were recognized recently when he was selected as a member of Oakland County’s 40 under 40.
Chris witnessed how cannabis prohibition directly impacted urban America and is dedicated to reversing the negative damage caused. He is a member of various state and local boards that contribute to economic power and initiatives to drive diversity and inclusion. Aside from representing the National Cannabis Industry Association as Secretary for the Board of Directors, Chris serves on the State Regulations Committee.
Chris also serves as a Leadership Council Member for the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) and President of Main Street Pontiac (Local DBA).
Scott Newman: Head Coach
Juliette Givhan: Director of Communications
Introducing our Director of Communications Juliette Givhan. Juliette is a Michigan State University and Oregon State University graduate with experience in the fields of professional and creative writing. We are honored and excited to have her as part of the team! Welcome Juliette!
Michael McNee: Director of Marketing
Welcome Michael McNee! Michael is a native of the Grand Rapids area, where he worked as a high school coach while earning a degree from Davenport University. Michael will be joining the team as our Director of Marketing!