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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Basketball clinic helps kick off campaign

  • The McPherson College Sports Center played host to more than 50 third- through sixth-grade children who attended the free United Way basketball clinic Saturday afternoon.
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  • The McPherson College Sports Center played host to more than 50 third- through sixth-grade children who attended the free United Way basketball clinic Saturday afternoon.
    The clinic was instructed by the coaches and players of the McPherson College men’s and women’s teams.
    The children learned the basics of the sport, such as dribbling, passing and shooting through a series of group training exercises that eventually lead to half-court team scrimmages.
    With three sons attending, the fact the clinic was free made a tremendous difference, parent Sonja Jenkins said.
    “I have three boys here, and it’s a great opportunity for a family like mine with multiple kids,” she said.
    The clinic was a great way for kids to get involved in the community and with other kids, said Dave Seacord, the grandfather of one of the attending children.
    “And it’s a good way to spend a hot Saturday afternoon,” Seacord said.
    Father Eric Gough said he thought it was a wonderful program.
    “It’s a great way to teach the kids ballhandling and get them out before the season starts,” Gough said.
    Bulldog coach Tim Swartzendruber said he thought the clinic went well.
    “We had a lot of great young players who did a great job and had a lot of fun,” Swartzendruber said. “The United Way is a tremendous organization, and we were excited to have an opportunity to help and give back to the community.”
    There was a wonderful representation of the county schools, event organizer and United Way of McPherson County executive director Anne Kirchner said.
    “The goal was to expose the youth to an educational, healthy experience,” Kirchner said. “The college students had fun, and what I hope they came away with was the realization that they’re role models.”
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