Week 6

November 9th, 2012 | Uncategorized

I’ve been in Belfast for almost 3 months and I am officially paler than most Irish people. Looking like a cast member from Twilight may have scared our opponents as we won our first college game by a good margin against the Dublin Institute of Technology. Matt and I look forward to playing in our first National League game next week as our mandatory 3 months of sitting out for international players concludes.

Caroline, Matt and I tagged along with Gareth this week to coach at a local primary school. We have coached many different levels while being over here and each age presents its own challenges. This particular level was 9 and 10 year olds who were not too familiar with basketball. Therefore, we knew that our primary task was to keep basketball fun and hopefully this would make some of the students pursue a healthy lifestyle that includes an after school sport.

The kids favorite part was the warm up in which we blasted LMFAO, Black Eyed Pea

s and after many requests, I succumbed to playing One Direction. The students ran in circles dancing and singing their favorite songs to warm up and we kept the music on for dribbling and passing drills. The students did not even realize how much they were exercising and improving their basketball coordination because they were so focused on the music and having fun. I know the scholars thoroughly enjoyed coaching and it seemed like the students did as well as they all high fived us on the way out.

I have to congratulate my high school coach, Speedy Morris, on his nomination for the Basketball Hall of Fame! I would not be the man or basketball player I am today without his guidance on and off the court.

I also have to give a shoutout to my Lafayette Leopards as they play their first game tonight against St. Francis(NY). It is not going to get any easier as they take on Kentucky next week, but I am sure the fellas are not going to back down from anyone!


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