NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men’s basketball team hosted a clinic for children from Grant Homes, a low-income housing complex, Tuesday, October 2, 2007. Children who regularly attend the Grant Homes after-school tutoring program were rewarded for their dedication with an invitation to participate in the clinic hosted at Newberry College. The group worked on skill-building drills at several stations run by Newberry players, and then played games for prizes. The event concluded with conversation about being a student-athlete and a pizza party.
The clinic was not just a learning experience for the Grant Homes children, but also for the men’s team. According to Jeremy Luther, head coach of the men’s basketball team, “The guys on this team have been given so much that they need to learn the lesson of giving back to others.”
Vytautas Valiulis, a junior from Vilnius, Lithuania, says, “It was nice to give something to community and spend the afternoon with kids. I hope they had as much fun as we did.”
Brandon Silvers, a freshman from Charleston, also commented, “It was great to have the opportunity to give back to the community since I’ve had so much given to me to get to where I’m at today. The kids had a good time and we had a good time teaching them. The seemed happy to be there learning about basketball and the education part of being a student-athlete. All in all it was a fun afternoon.”
The basketball clinic was organized by Coach Luther and Coach Dotterer of Newberry College's men's basketball team, and the Values Based Learning Program (VBLP) staff.
Grant Homes (Newberry Housing Authority) is an advocate for the homeless, for the economically disadvantaged, for the elderly, for the handicapped and disabled, for local inspectors and building departments, and for victims of domestic abuse and natural disaster. For more information, visit www.newberryhousing.com.
Thanks to Alison Kunard and the Values Based Learning Program for this article