Oct. 3, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University men's basketball held its Free Kids' Clinic, Saturday, Oct. 1 at its practice gym on the campus of WSU, for a capacity 75 children, grades kindergarten through sixth.
The clinic featured instruction from all 15 members of the Cougar men's basketball team and members of the coaching staff, including head coach Ken Bone.
"We had a lot of young kids here and they had a great time," Bone said. "I was really impressed with our players, they were engaged in the clinic and really involved. I thought they just did an outstanding job working with the young kids, which is good to see."
Following a brief introduction by the team and a stretching session, the kids broke into six different groups based on their ages. In their groups the children visited six different eight-minute stations. Junior Reggie Moore and sophomore Royce Woolridge teamed up with manager Alex Schilter to teach ball handling to their groups. Senior Charlie Enquist, sophomore Patrick Simon and freshman Chuks Iroegbu instructed the layup group, as the trio participated in layups as well.
"It's always good to come out here and have fun with the kids," Moore said. "They give us a lot of support during the season, so we like to come out here and just show them we appreciate their support."
In the jump shooting session, senior sharp-shooters Faisal Aden and Abe Lodwick teamed up with manager Jay Shiogi to teach the children proper shooting form. Junior Brock Motum and freshmen DaVonté Lacy and Dominic Ballard, along with manager Blake Jones, taught an important skill, passing, in their session.
"It's a lot of fun because we get to show the community we're good guys and we have a lot of fun with the kids while teaching them fundamentals of the game," Lodwick said. "I know it means a lot to them, and the support they give us, their parents and the community as well, really means a lot to us."
Not to leave out fundamentals, senior Marcus Capers, junior Mike Ladd and sophomore D.J. Shelton worked with video assistant Mike Simonson to teach the importance of defense and defensive stance. Similarly, sophomore Will DiIorio, redshirt freshman Dexter Kernich-Drew and operations assistant Tim Marrion taught footwork in their session.
Bone made his way from group-to-group, helping out with instruction and observing.
The men's basketball team has been a prominent part of the Palouse community the past five months. In June the team held three camps, including a day camp for kids ages 8-14. In July members of the Cougar basketball team participated in Palouse Habitat for Humanity and Pullman Learning Center's sports week and in August the team made appearances at the Lentil Festival's street fair and parade. The entire team spent time before the Cougars' last football game, Sept. 10, signing autographs as part of `family day.' Most recently, members of the team visited the senior center Sept. 16.