PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University men’s basketball held its annual Free Kids’ Clinic, Sunday, Oct. 27 at its practice gym on the campus of WSU, for over 90 children, grades kindergarten through sixth.
The clinic featured instruction from members of the Cougar men’s basketball team with the coaching staff in attendance, including head coach Ken Bone.
Following a brief introduction by the team and a stretching session, the kids broke into different groups based on their ages. In their groups the children visited different stations, including defense, shooting, passing and dribbling. Bone made his way from group-to-group, helping out with instruction and observing.
“It was pretty fun, you get to see all types of personalities,” senior Will DiIorio said about the variety of ages at the clinic. “We try and bring a lot of enthusiasm to the camp, so it was great to see the kids enjoy being out there. We had a blast.”
At the conclusion of the clinic, Bone addressed the participants and asked them questions about what they learned. He emphasized the importance of school and defense, in addition to other topics. He concluded the clinic by giving the kids the opportunity to ask the student-athletes questions, where they learned about some of the team members’ injuries.
The men’s basketball team has been a prominent part of the Palouse community the past three years as it has held camps, participated in Palouse Habitat for Humanity, visited and helped in elementary school classrooms and attended the Pullman Senior Center, among other activities
The Cougars will host Central Washington in exhibition action, Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. at Beasley Coliseum before opening the season at home Friday, Nov. 8 against CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m.