World Team Conducts Clinic At St. Mary's Home For Boys
Portland, Ore. • April 6, 2011
In between two-a-day practices in advance of Saturday's 14th annual Nike Hoop Summit, the 2011 World Select Team today spent an hour conducting a clinic at the St. Mary's Home for Boys in Beaverton, Ore. Founded in 1889 as an orphanage for abandoned and wayward children, today St. Mary's offers residential treatment and services to at-risk boys between the ages of 10 and 17 years old.
Led by USA Basketball's Men's Developmental National Team head coach Don Showalter, the World Team players helped teach fundamentals such as dribbling, passing and teamwork to approximately 60 young men.
"We have kids from all over the state," said Lynda Walker, Director of Development and Community Relations at St. Mary's. "Every county in Oregon refers boys here. The average stay is about 16 months, and we have an 80.0 percent success rate. They go to school here, and they have their treatment here.
"This opportunity is great," Walker continued. "Ever since we've known about this, the kids have been so excited. They had to earn the right to participate today based on their behavior. A lot of them don't get to leave at all, so when we have guests come out, it's wonderful, especially when the visitors are world-class athletes."
Hear from a few of the Word Select Team players below on their experience at St. Mary's and check out the fun in our photo gallery!
EVAN FOURNIER (France)
"It was great. We do this sort of thing at my club in France, so I am used to working with kids. It reminds you that basketball is the same the world over, whether you are a youngster playing in Portland or in France.
"This week has been a good experience and this, the chance to meet young American players, has been part of that experience."
KEVIN PANGOS (Canada)
"It was an enjoyable experience for me, being able to help a program like this is awesome. It was a lot of fun.
"At home, I have worked at a lot of basketball camps and there were some talented players here. More important, they were all working hard and having fun, which is good.
"I know, when I was younger, being in a similar situation, being able to learn from older, more experienced payers was important and so much fun. It's nice to be able to do that, in return, for some younger guys.
"I hope they enjoyed themselves, learned something and, most importantly, take some inspiration from it, even if it's not from basketball but for whatever they are going to pursue in the future."