Blessed Sacrament Athletic Club holds free basketball clinic
On Saturday, July 28, the Blessed Sacrament Athletic Club held a free basketball clinic that featured more than 30 girls that play in the BSAC youth basketball league during the fall and winter months.
Paul Catalano, who was one of the driving forces of starting the BSAC house league, said the free clinic was the brain-child of BSAC coach John Cairnduff, who's daughter Cayla was a player in the girls division of BSAC.
Noting the terrific response in numbers and positive feedback they've received from parents and kids, Catalano said this years clinic was an outstanding day all the way around.
"The first year we did this I think there wore more coaches than kids," Catalano said. "Now look how it's grown and how many kids we had for just a one day clinic."
The second year the free clinic has run, players who ranged from third to eighth grade took part in a five-hour day that was highlighted by various drills and games to get them back into game shape for basketball.
"What try to do is bring our kids together during the summer just to get them back used to basketball and reacquaint them with the game during the summer because most of them at that age don't play during the summer. And to wet their whistles and their parents whistles for basketball prior to our sign ups which takes place the first week in October."
The clinic featured Catalano and Cairnduff as coaches as well as several other long time BSAC coaches and former player Allison Cook, Renee Hazse and Susie Meegan. Other coaches were George Mills and Bill Nolan. Mills three daughters, Kacie, Emily and Kendall, have all played in BSAC as did Nolan's daughter's Deanna and Shannon.