MVP Sportive Organizations was founded in 2001 by Murat Özgül, İbrahim Kutluay, Ercument Ulker and Devrim Kıvanç, who all have extensive knowledge and experience in basketball, basketball training, sports management and sportive organizations, with the intent purpose of serving the Turkish youth and the sports community, and adding value to them.
Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy, which aims to teach basketball to Turkish youth and help them love the game, was also founded the same year. The first summer basketball training program at Irmak Schools, the first international basketball camp in the United States (McCracken Basketball Camps), and the first winter basketball training program at Irmak Schools were all held the same year.
In 2002, MVP Sports Club was founded to give the young athletes trained at the Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy the opportunity of gaining game, tournament and league experience, the chance to excel in their sports career, which they would normally be denied at a professional sports club, and the opportunity to be a part of the Turkish basketball community and the National Teams. Irmak Schools’ traditional Mother’s Day Sports Festival, where the mother, the father, and the child from the same family team up together against other teams of their counterparts, was started the same year.
In 2003, Junior League, a first in our country, was introduced to provide athletes of Sub-Juniors’ level with the game experience, the understanding of team work, what it takes to be a part of a team, how to cheer for a win and to mourn for a loss within reason, and the preparation and experience athletes under 12 typically lack before they reach Juniors’ level. MVP Sportive Organizations has taken the development of athletes of Sub-Juniors’ level as a corporate social responsibility project, and dedicated and created considerable resources for the organization of this development league. Burger King Hoop Fest, a street basketball tournament played with three-person teams on half court, was also introduced the same year. adidas Shoot-Out was held in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir the same year, and was repeated the following season.
In 2004, Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy started its basketball training programs at Pendik High School. MVP Sportive Organizations was licensed to represent WBBA (World Beach Basketball Association) in Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania and Cyprus, and beach basketball, with the participation of the players of the National Team, was launched for the first time in Turkey the same year.
MVP Sportive Organizations has become one of the founders and the first members of Basketball Schools Association in 2004.
In the sponsorship of Burger King, Burger King University League was organized between 2004 and 2005. In the sponsorship of Powerade, a training seminar regarding basketball technique, nutrition and condition was given at Dokuz Eylul University to academicians of most Physical Education and Sports Academies in Turkey during Turkey Inter-University Championship.
In 2006, Basketball Schools Association League was kicked off. Beach Games, an organization bringing together beach basketball, beach voleyball and beach football tournaments, was held in Caddebostan, Florya and Menekse beaches on behalf of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality’s Spor A.S. the same year as the World Football and Basketball Championships.
In 2007, U.S. Summer Camps were moved to Sixers Camps, a part of the Philadelphia 76ers franchise, operating under the license of the NBA. The same year, ITO Sports Club outsourced its professional club management activities to MVP Sportive Organizations.
Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy started new basketball training programs at Avcilar Anatolian Technical High School, Private Sezin School and Pendik Commerce & Occupational High School in 2008. Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy Summer Camps joined ICF (International Camping Fellowship) and got accredited for meeting international standards the same year. Also in the same year, MVP Sportive Organizastions signed a protocol with Moda Sports Club to undertake the management of their amateur basketball teams.
MVP Sportive Organizations organized the Finathlon Fitness Challenge in the sponsorship of Finspor and Istinye Park Back to School Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy Skill Challenge games at Istinye Park in 2009. TRT Cocuk Minik Dev Adamlar Basketball Tournament, in which 16 teams of 12 players participated, was held the same year, and the footage recorded during the tournament was aired on TRT Cocuk as a series. Disney XD Turkey Launch, in which 8 teams of 20 and 180 skill challenge contestants participated, was also organized by MVP Sportive Organizations in September 2009. The management of Pendik and Idealtepe Sports Clubs’ Basketball Branches was undertaken by MVP Sportive Organizations the same year. In addition, Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy launched a new program at ITU Ayazaga Campus.
In 2010, U13 League was launched to provide athletes of 12 years of age, who have just made it to the Juniors’ level, with the opportunity to spend their season on the court, where they belong and can improve themselves the most, rather than on the bench, where they would normally spend their season due to their physical disadvantage against their 13 year-old teammates. The sportive part of Basket Show with Bugs Bunny & Friends, held in Ankara, Izmir and Istanbul, and sponsored by Ulker Icim Smartt, was also organized and supervised in 2010. In addition, the planning and performance of the basketball training segments of Sahaya Cik (Get on the Court) with Ibrahim Kutluay, sponsored once again by Ulker Icim and aired live on NTV Spor every week, were delivered by MVP. MVP has also contributed to the Istanbul round of the Children of the World cultural exchange program, in which 290 campers and 111 trainers from 112 different countries speaking 76 different languages have participated, through its coaches. Further, Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy Summer Camps joined the Turkish Camping Fellowship and the AOCF (Asia Oceania Camping Fellowship) and once again proved meeting national and international standards. Ibrahim Kutluay was granted the honor of the Goodwill Ambassador title by Unicef, and a cooperation was started on a promotion, resource generation and revenue sharing basis. Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy launched a new program at Suadiye Miltas Sports Complex. Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy was also granted one of the first three “TBF-Approved Basketball School” accreditations, which the Turkish Basketball Federation had just started issuing this year, further proving its training and athlete development activities’ having met or exceeded TBF standards.
In 2011, Ibrahim Kutluay Basketball Academy launched new programs at ISOV – Dinckok Technical and Industrial Occupational High School, Kartal Anatolian High School and Metin Sabanci Special Education and Rehabilitation Center.