NEWARK – In the spirit of the season, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the cross country team recently participated in community outreach efforts to give back.
The women’s basketball team, led by Head Coach Jim Kane, provided a clinic to local Catholic Youth Ministries (CYM) Sports affiliates. With numerous coaches from all age groups ranging from third-grade through high school, the young women of Delaware Technical Community College and their coach offered tips and ran through drills to help youth basketball coaches better understand the game, practice planning, learn more about play development, and develop the skills needed to coach and make better basketball players for tomorrow. Getting rave reviews from the local CYM, Head Coach Jim Kane said, “The girls and I really wanted to make an impact on youth basketball in the state of Delaware in our local community. I believe with this annual event we can consider ourselves a part of its success. It was an honor to do, and we look forward to doing it in the future.”
The men’s basketball team also stepped up to the line when they went to Ferris Boys School for a question and answer session, which was held not only for the student-athletes at Ferris, but the coaches as well. With a desire to give back in a positive way, Head Coach Larry Banks took his hard-working men’s team to Ferris to show that everyone has obstacles and challenges they must overcome. During the question and answer session, the boys talked with Delaware Tech’s Collegewide Athletic Coordinator Ryan Lally, Assistant Coaches Anthony Horne and Eric Watson, and Larry Banks about different topics relating to success in athletics, the real world and basketball. Coach Banks was sincerely humbled to work with the student-athletes and coaches at Ferris. Coach Banks stated, “Working with at-risk youth is always such a positive experience for my student-athletes and coaching staff. This event is one we look forward to doing every year.”
The student-athletes and coaching staff at Ferris were able to observe Delaware Tech’s student-athletes as they ran through practice drills and a little high-flying action. The feedback from Ferris was extremely positive and reflected their enthusiasm and desire for Delaware Tech Basketball to continue these sessions as the impact on their students lasts far longer than the time spent at Ferris.
Finally, the Cross Country team participated with the Adopt-a-Family organization which helps Delaware families in crisis who ae struggling with illness, homelessness, domestic violence, poverty or unemployment. The Delaware Tech Cross Country team and the Athletics departments sponsored two families for Christmas and raised $500 for Walmart giftcards so that heads-of-households could purchase gifts and necessities for the holiday season.
Photo: The Cross Country team gives back this holiday season.