February 26th, 2016 | Uncategorized
Generally, my Saturday’s are spent either on the court or at the Academy with some of the liveliest young people I’ve met this year. On particularly busy weekends, I do a little of both. Yet, last Saturday I had the opportunity to do something a bit different. I spent a few hours volunteering with Special Olympics Connacht.
Originally, all the athletes were scheduled to have games, but after a two teams pulled out only the guys had the numbers to support a mini tournament. Thus I had 12 ladies all to myself. We worked on passing, shooting and eventually scrimmaged but my favorite part of the day was our segment on defense. We did the ‘Coach’s Drill’ including foot fire/fast feet, rebounding, taking charges and diving for loose balls.
They laughed so hard during the whole thing and really enjoyed getting down and dirty. It was such a pure moment and nice change of pace to be able to share the love of basketball with a new group of girls.
Victory Scholar: Marritta Gillcrease
Present University: NUI Galway
US League: MAAC
Club/Community Partner: Galway Titans
Alma Mater: Rider University
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland