MEAC Holds Fourth Annual Youth Clinic < All News
Saturday, March 5, 2016

NORFOLK, Va., March 5, 2016 — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) kicked off the 2016 MEAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament with the MEAC Youth Clinic at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Norfolk, Va. on Saturday.


The Youth Clinic is a community outreach program that connects children with MEAC head coaches of both men’s and women’s basketball programs. The coaches and a group from the United States Marine Corps ran basic warmup and exercise routines, as well as, basketball fundamentals, with the participants.


Ten-year-old Jerry Peele was one of the participants. He said one of his favorite parts of the clinic was practicing his free-throws with the coaches.


“I liked that everyone wanted to help us learn and get better,” Peele said.


He also enjoyed doing drills with the United States Marines.


“It taught us team work. We had to cooperate with each other,” he said.


The other stations included practicing basketball defensive stances, ball handing, shooting from different points, and a shooting race. Bethune-Cookman’s head women’s basketball coach and MEAC Coach of the Year Vanessa Blair-Lewis helped run the defensive stances station.


“Today was a great day for all of the coaches to come by and give back,” she said. “That’s what our jobs are about, it’s a ministry of sorts. It was really enjoyable to have the young kids look up to us, listen to us and implement what we’re trying to do. It’s great for the game,” she said.


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