Hoops Clinics in Hawaii Bring Collegiate Basketball to Kids
Chaminade University, the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational and the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii present free hoops clinics for local kids Sept. 26 & Oct. 3
The clinics are free to all participants between the ages of seven and 17. All participants are asked to bring two canned goods, which will go to the Hawaii Foodbank. Additionally, the clinics will be supported by the Hawaii Medical Services Assocation (HMSA). The Chaminade University men’s basketball program, including Head Coach Matt Mahar, will work with kids on skills, drills, dribbling, passing and shooting on the basketball court. All participants will receive an adidas basketball and the opportunity to win tickets to the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational taking place in Maui, Thankgiving week this November at the Lahaina Civic Center.
“With a strong history in Hawaii, the Tournament is dedicated to giving back to the local community,” said Tom Valdiserri, senior vice president of KemperSports, operator of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. “We are thrilled to bring a taste of college athletics to young, deserving kids in Hawaii as we gear up for the Tournament in November.”
The first free clinic will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Boys & Girls Club Hale Pono Clubhouse at 91-884 Fort Weaver Rd. in Ewa Beach, Hawaii. Check-in will be from 1 – 1:30 p.m. and the clinic will take place from 1:30 until 3 p.m. Participants should sign-up in advance by contacting Peter Jackson at 808.689.4182, ext. 224.
The second free clinic will occur on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Boys & Girls Club Spalding Clubhouse at 1704 Wailoa Street in Honolulu. Check-in will be from 10 – 10:30 a.m. and the clinic will take place from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Participants should sign-up in advance by contacting Dickson Wong at 808.256.7890.
“These hoops clinics represent a huge opportunity for our kids,” said David Nakada, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. “Meeting Coach Mahar and playing hoops with older, experienced student athletes will be a real treat and an inspiration that we’re sure will make a huge impression on our participants.”
The 2009 Hoops Clinic series builds on the success of a Tournament-hosted basketball clinic that has been held annually the Saturday before the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational since 2003.
“We are proud of our men’s basketball team and Coach Mahar and we are very pleased to be a part of this series of clinics that will share the knowledge and passion of the team with our community,” said Brother Bernard Ploeger, president of Chaminade University.
The 2009 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational tips off Nov. 23-25 at Maui’s Lahaina Civic Center. Competing for early-season glory are Gonzaga, Maryland, Arizona, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Colorado and host Chaminade University. The Tournament is celebrating its 26th year in paradise as the nation’s premier early-season college basketball tournament. Tickets and travel packages are available via the Tournament Web site, http://www.mauiinvitational.com.